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China GDP Misses Expectations By A Mile, Rises Only 8.1%, Slowest Pace Since September 2009

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The number the market has been waiting for with bated breath arrives:

  • CHINA 1Q GDP GROWS 8.1% ON YEAR, DOWN FROM 8.9% IN Q4; EXPECTED 8.4%, and whispered at 9.0%
  • CHINA 1Q RETAIL SALES RISE 14.8% VS EST. 14.8%    


And the worst: no RRR cut coming either it appears:


And so the rumormill, which was expecting some ridiculous GDP print of 9.0% based on a third-rate research report released overnight, despite China posting some epic budget surpluses in the past few months, is stuck dumping risk in this late hour. Everything selling off as China's GDP posts the biggest sequential drop since March 2009 and the lowest sequential GDP rise since September 2009.

Futures, which now shift to hoping for more liquid heroin, are down a whopping 4 pts. Because there is always some central planner happy to raise nominal asset prices by diluting everyone, and since the market still does not get the difference between nominal and real, all shall be well.


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Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:06 | 2340289 transaccountin
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but the market was up 150 points today

the whisper number was 9%, why else did the material stocks rocket today? OH THATS RIGHT ITS A FUKING FRAUD

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:09 | 2340308 LetThemEatRand
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If I play the stock market, will someone bring me free drinks?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:31 | 2340366 TruthInSunshine
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And 8.1% of the growth came from a 7% to 11% fudge factor.

Good stuff.


BRICs are going to save the world economy. China doesn't have an epic real estate crisis, an epic bad loan/banking crisis, and there isn't a literal push by government technocrats to pressure/coerce/force industry to keep churning out goods even at losses (to prevent a massive up-surge in unemployment, which is the one thing that would really bring a Jade Spring).

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:40 | 2340402 SMG
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Lying bastards. But that's how they've always ruled us. Hopefully something better is coming soon....

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:49 | 2340895 Spirit Of Truth
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Ummmm....has anyone been noticing the rising political instability in Beijing?  In recent days unprecedented protests in Chongqing were forcibly repressed (at least that's what's being reported):

Chongqing is where Bo Xilai....the recently defrocked high-ranking member of the from...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:56 | 2340897 chinaguy
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Asian markets big green across all boards

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:44 | 2340403 DormRoom
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8.1% confirms the low/slow yOy electricity demand chart zerohedge posted a couple of weeks back.  HARD landing.  I'd love to see the copper re-hypothecation trade blow up.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:23 | 2341042 LongSoupLine
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hmmm, copper trades go bad?...margin requirements on PM's were just lowered too.  Someone knows something's up perhaps?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:38 | 2340395 true brain
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The stock market can't lose. China gdp goes down, more easing= market goes up.

China gdp goes up, economy is better= market goes up.

When does it blow up? Tired of waiting.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 02:42 | 2340856 French Frog
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I fear that you'll have to wait a fair bit longer.

This market can, and will,  keep you waiting for the big 'blow up (down)' longer than most traders can remain solvent...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:59 | 2340469 ihedgemyhedges
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Yes, and we will even comp your room!!!!

Sincerely, Heather and Celeste and Rachel and Tiffany and Summer.

PS Meant to say "Romp You" in your "Room"..............

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:51 | 2340614 StockHut
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Awesome comment LetThemEatRand.  Zerohedge needs to keep track of the best comments/quotes.  This one is up there

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:10 | 2340311 tempo
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The informed insiders ignore offfical govt stats as lies and focus on numbers which are difficult to falsify. For example, electrical usage and auto sold. The hard numbers show a far more serious situation. Combined with estimated 40% worthless debt held by the regional development banks from the 2008-2010 building boom which are largely empty shells.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:14 | 2340319 surf0766
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Where can we see the electrical useage info? I remember seeing it on here before.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:24 | 2340351 infiniti
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China's official energy agency hasn't updated their March numbers yet, but I did find this article relevant.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:30 | 2340372 Seer
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Looks like they're peaking...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:44 | 2340421 Max Fischer
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The World Bank had predicted that China GDP would rise 8.2%, off only 0.1%.  Looks fairly accurate to me. 

Furthermore, even though Chinese regional banks have - like everyone else - more bad debt than they want, the overly strict NDRC is beginning to break down capital restrictions, allowing foreign funded banks like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Mitsui, Citi and HSBC bring more capital into the Chinese regional markets which will boost investments and loans. In the past few months, capital flows have reversed and is flowing back into China, marking an end to the persistent outflows of 2011.  Give the liquidity a little time to find its place, and you'll see China turn around in short order - just like the US.  

Max Fischer, Civis Mundi         


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:14 | 2340517 RoadKill
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I cant tell if you are being sarcastic ir not. Ive seen your blog and it seems REALLY bearish. But then on here your like MDB.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:15 | 2341129 SeattleBruce
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Because the developed world is now expecting China to lead it out of the recessionary morass, 8.1 vs. consensus 8.4% certainly is an important miss.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:56 | 2340898 chinaguy
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All stats out of China are nonsense - always have been and always will be. Asian markets all up over 1%

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:24 | 2340356 Bindar Dundat
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You creeps from Wall Street should get over yourselves. 8.0% plus is freakin' good and all you crying asses want to bad mouth the growth because it didn't meet your fuck head expectations and then you cry cause the market goes up. You are all so whacked!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:32 | 2340374 jcaz
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Steve Liesman, you're up late this evening......

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:48 | 2340416 Cult_of_Reason
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This sounds more like a rant from Cramer ...


Cramer Says Stick with Natural Gas: "Natural Gas is in $7... $8 ... $9 ... pattern ..."


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:11 | 2340665 derek_vineyard
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I thought CNBC like it so much they used the endearing name Natty.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:25 | 2341046 azzhatter
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Ben called and needed servicing so I had to go over to his place

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:14 | 2340458 DormRoom
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I remember reading that China needs atleast 8% growth to create jobs for the MILLIONS of new college graduates, and migrant workers flowing into the big coastal cities.


That is why 8% growth is so important.  Anything under could lead to severe social unrest as millions are jobless.  But if China eases, it risks high inflation, and more malinvestments.  If the Fed eases, China's inflation could runaway, and cause social unrest.


Like America, China has a choice:  deflation, and repress the 99%.  Or inflate and anger the 0.0001%.


Given what the Shanghai inner circle has done with populist, Bo Xilai, they will repress the 99%.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:16 | 2340522 RoadKill
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Wow you are SO wrong. As a 0.01% I prefer inflation. My 2 & 20 is on nominal returns.

The poor should support debt forgiveness and deflation.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:18 | 2341135 SeattleBruce
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"8.0% plus is freakin' good" - not when China is supposed to lead the world out of recession...anyhow, as others have pointed out, how much of the 8% is real?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:40 | 2340400 candyman
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Who the F believes anything China has to say? Every number is cooked!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:42 | 2340596 tickhound
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WHO THE F believes ANYTHING ANYONE has to say?  MARK TO MARKET?  whAT?  CPI?  Unemployment STATISTICS? 

You can play the WHO's SHIT STINKS LESS GAME.  But its dumb.  The global economy is on a precipice.  PERIOD.  How long, and to what numbers will we be ABLE TO TOLERATE, is the question. 

Will we lay down for $20 trillion debt with $125 trillion in unfunded liabilities?  Media propaganda on full throttle....

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:44 | 2340727 LikeClockwork
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I thought China's official line was7.5 Whose memory is faulty?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:05 | 2340292 ACP
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So with inflation factored in, the economy shrank 10%?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:08 | 2340301 urbanelf
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Now factor in lying.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:03 | 2341409 superflyguy
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Let's forget for a moment that any govt statistic is garbage.

Say 8% YoY is true, it is still an exponential function. Which means, they still grew more than last year!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:06 | 2340294 ZeroPower
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Textbook rumor day. Claims number comes out worse than expected, everyone and their mother jumps on board short, only to be absolutely CRUSHED today after the squeeze. 

Nice to see China not defying gravity after all, as expected by the hopium bulls.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:07 | 2340296 surf0766
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Why would anyone place any amount of money on the news coming from a communist country? Are there still stupid people investing?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:14 | 2340322 skepticCarl
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As opposed to the news coming from a reliable democratic country?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:16 | 2340326 surf0766
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I didn't know there was one left?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:19 | 2340335 Dr. Engali
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I was trying to think of some obscure democratic country to respond to your question , but I think you're right. There aren't any left.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:21 | 2341142 SeattleBruce
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Is there a democratic region or US state left?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:07 | 2340299 Ramboy
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Wow S&P futures down a whole 3 points.   The Great Global Liquidity Flood of 2012 is now in motion

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:25 | 2340362 jcaz
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Better than up the 15 it would have been on the Google "beat".....

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:06 | 2340488 PersonalRespons...
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Just wait.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:09 | 2340305 surf0766
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Everyone write in vote Santelli for President. You the man Rick.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:47 | 2340306 Hansel
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Vewy burrish!

Let me translate for the algobots (bullish):

binary 1100010111010111011001101100110100111100111101000

hex 62756c6c697368

octal 142165154154151163150

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:42 | 2340788 putaipan
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long rhinoceros horns bitchez !

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:11 | 2340312 surf0766
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Hold on.. I will order another round of hope for the EU. That will fix everything right up.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:12 | 2340316 Ramboy
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Zerohedge = 1999 Motley Fools upside down 

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:16 | 2340325 Dr. Engali
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Better get to building some more empty cities.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:16 | 2340328 Tsar Pointless
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Well, one must balance this number with the "gigantic" beat of Alcoa a few days ago.

Let's be realistic here.

I'm finding everything is coming up not only roses, but bullish, too.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:24 | 2341149 SeattleBruce
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"Let's be realistic here."

Assumption that they're measuring reality, so that we can be realistic?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:17 | 2340331 RoadKill
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Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:21 | 2340344 chump666
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rumor was for 9%.  China is trying to knock down it's inflation with an 'under' number.

Asia selling now should take out Bernanke's utterly pitiful attempt at creating market ranges.  You f*cking a-wipe. 

Correction back on.  C'mon HFTs destroy those tech supports one more time and the flood gates will open. 


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:24 | 2340360 RoadKill
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If I have to hear that Ftard on CNBC say "Which side of the global growth story are you on" one more time I will kill myself.

Btw if you sold SMDD or TZA to me today THANKS!!!!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:42 | 2340413 candyman
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I dont even look at mine any more

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:47 | 2340423 Tsar Pointless
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I think we need to develop some sort of punishment for ZH-ers who still watch CNBC.

t just doesn't compute. Why do that to yourself, unless you're in to kinky stuff such as that? I mean - people do practice self-asphyxiation. Some perfect it, a la Michael Hutchence.

I don't know, and I am not judging.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:20 | 2340536 RoadKill
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If I tweet

BOB "which side of the global growth story are you on" must be Pissani'ing his pants right now

To Squak On The Street, you think they would air it?

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:51 | 2341088 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Tsar Pointless said:

I think we need to develop some sort of punishment for ZH-ers who still watch CNBC.

That's not really necessary. For those who believe it is a credible source of information, watching CNBC is self-punishing.

There actually are legitimate reasons to watch CNBC, although I doubt that any of their advertisers have figured this out yet. One reason to watch is that even propaganda mills can be sources of useful, albeit not credible, information. For instance, the careful observer can learn something from how various stories are being spun, as well as from which stories are being emphasized and which stories are being ignored.

Another reason to watch is for the pure comedic value. I really think CNBC could boost their ratings if they offered an optional secondary audio feed that included a laugh track. This could easily be done, as some cable channels already offer secondary audio program options, for example with spanish language dialog dubbed in.


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:26 | 2340363 Dr. Engali
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With the seasonably adjusted warmer than normal winter and factoring in the year of the dragon economic growth actually came within a narrow margin of almost hitting just above the mid point range of lowest analyst numbers. ..... Bullish

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:44 | 2340419 candyman
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that unfortunately sums it up. Ha

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:10 | 2340500 PersonalRespons...
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Bullish with a red flag in front waving from the winds of change.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:28 | 2340368 Catflappo
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But economic data is only relevant when it is good.  'Mk ?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:32 | 2340376 Blorf
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Summary of all current statistical data:  Data point formerly useful as information, but now generated out of whole cloth as propaganda (Exceeds|Meets|Disappoints).  Markets (surge|muddle along|plummet) accordingly.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:37 | 2340390 Sneeze
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One of the central planning rocket doctors over there figured out a few quarters ago that if you miss the expectation you can buy your commodities cheaper and sell the I-gadget made from those commodities for the same price.  

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:39 | 2340399 20-20 Hindsight
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Ha... 8.1 % now.  My ass, this is what they're telling us NOW.  So what are the real numbers? 

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:42 | 2340412 fourchan
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hang sang is on a tear on this news. somebody like it.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:50 | 2340429 q99x2
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The market was up today on machine volume. In other words volume was lower for the last two days in a row.

Now back to that Chinese number...that is the doctored number.

The system is collapsing everyone is buying guns and CNBC says buy the bull and its not even Halloween yet.

Latest CNBC video: Welch: Obama's 'Enemies List' Rivals Nixon's but Nixon didn't have NDAA.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:51 | 2340441 stant
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ha cramer got punked. they no nothing!

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:52 | 2340443 darteaus
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This is bad news.  China keeps a lid on a restive population, in part, by having "full" employment.  Full employment is kept up by growing exports.

Now, they may need to resort to a war to keep in power.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:10 | 2340663 silverdragon
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China has full employment because we employers are desperate for employees as the economy is booming.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 22:52 | 2340445 frostfan
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When every article is a sky is falling article, the stories start to conflict each other or we're supposed to be stupid to connect the dots.  Wasn't Reggie M. last week telling us that China was going to be a bigger GDP than USA if they weren't already.  Doesn't slower growth work against that?

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:34 | 2341158 SeattleBruce
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"When every article is a sky is falling article, the stories start to conflict each other"


Why quibble about how the sky is falling?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:10 | 2340505 booboo
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Oh quit with the bullish/bearish horse shit, longs and shorts alike are going to wake up behind the casino with a knot on their heads and a bloody smoking hole in the seat of their pants on the same day when this feak show rolls up the tent in the middle of the night.

Fully hedged counter party hokum, bullshit, they call that a mexican firing squad in a earlier time, everyone dies, no one gets a check. MF Global on a global scale. Oh, and "bitchez"

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:32 | 2340572 SheepDog-One
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Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:38 | 2341324 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It's funny because it's true.


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:24 | 2340546 chump666
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And Singapore has an inflation problem?  China fudges in all directions.

-- Singapore central bank unexpectedly tightens monetary policy slightly by raising the slope of the local dollar's trading band "slightly".
-- It also restores a narrower trading band, but doesn't change the level at which the band is centered.
-- Raises 2012 consumer price inflation estimate to 3.5%-4.5% from 2.5%-3.5%.
-- Singapore's economy expands 9.9% on quarter, annualized in first quarter, beats analyst estimates.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:14 | 2341450 superflyguy
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Moving from US to SG was the best thing I've done.

That said, inflation is a problem, one can see transport and food prices (already high enough) creep up every few months...

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:29 | 2340569 ZDRuX
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Dead Cat Bounce .. bitcheez

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:37 | 2340583 ekm
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China has already landed really hard, as of February 2011 when they changed the food inflation formula, it's been more than 1 year already.

That was a desperation move. We're talking about the food of the people who spend 70% of their income to eat.

Rule of thumb for uprisings:

If one is hungry, one has got nothing to lose. Remember Arab Spring?

Since the formula change, one of the main chinese internet topics has been........wait.................."internet control". Does it ring a bell? US Senate?

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:38 | 2340588 ekm
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Another Rule of Thumb for totalitarian countries:

In difficult times, any economic data should be multiplied by:

- 0.6 in USA

- 0.7 in Canada

- 0.4 in Europe

- 0.2 in China.

According to this rule of thumb, China Real GDP is about 2%.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:28 | 2340692 Ramboy
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Doesn't matter where you live anymore.  No leaders tell the truth you dummies.  cos baby boomer governments are satanic

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:32 | 2340703 ekm
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Not only that.

Can anybody explain how could it be possible to calculate the activities of 1.3 billion people and come up with decimal percentage of growth? Impossible. They just make it up. It is practically impossible.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2341361 TheFourthStooge-ing
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ekm said:

Can anybody explain how could it be possible to calculate the activities of 1.3 billion people and come up with decimal percentage of growth?

You measure the activities of 13 people, and then multiply by 100 million.

They just make it up.

Yes, it's fiction, but due to incredibly complex mathematical modeling, we are expected to accept it as "virtual truth".

The PhD economists generate Statistical Heuristically Implied Trends and Comprehensive Recursive Assessment Parametrics (SHIT and CRAP) and expect us to swallow it.


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:37 | 2340713 silverdragon
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Nice one. Everyone I know who has a China company has growth doubling in size every year. Some people are struggling with just double digit growth. The only people losing money should not have been playing in the first place. Someone has to be food.

Ya gotta get out more, maybe travel to the countries you comment on.

And while you are at it buy some physical silver.


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:43 | 2340726 ekm
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Thx for commenting.

The only way to grow in real terms is to sell = export. Who is importing from China so much to have 8.1% GDP increase? They do not spend themselves.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:21 | 2341481 superflyguy
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Travel the region. Everybody is importing. Locals are buying too. They have 1bil f-ing people. If only a tiny percentage of them bought something, it'd still be a lot.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 11:43 | 2341812 ekm
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I don't deny that people have to buy food.

Is that 8.1% GDP yoy?

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:43 | 2341177 SeattleBruce
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"Everyone I know who has a China company has growth doubling in size every year."

1) antecdotal 'evidence' - some companies featured on China are growing dramatically - you don't say?!

2) It's another thing to see this growth internally, and across the entire Chinese internal economy.  I agree with others, made up or almost totally nominal growth due to inflation and money supply ramps.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:49 | 2340733 ekm
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More proof that government can do anything and everything, like ban cash transactions above 2500 euro.

Does anybody see any problem any longer with just making up GDP numbers? Read the link. You will be convinced. Fresh news.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:48 | 2340609 Boilermaker
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Is there where everyone acts astonished that the massive 'rally' today based of the presumption of a good number isn't reversed now that it's bullshit?

Golly, why would that be?

It'll be up 8 handles or so by the open with some huge jerk-off moves upward right about 3am.

You know...all magic like.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:53 | 2340627 ekm
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I think you are thinking too logically.

I order to understand what's happening, the following link is strongly recommended for study.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:52 | 2340623 realtick
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Made this chart of China's reserves last week & suspected things were slowing down there:


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:55 | 2340632 I am a Man I am...
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the chinese government must own a bunch of apple stock, knew the number and sold early today

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 23:59 | 2340637 silverdragon
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The central banks of China and Australia signed a currency swap agreement yesterday that will allow RMB200 billion (A$30 billion) worth of local currencies to be exchanged between the two countries over three years.

The purpose of the agreement, according the People’s Bank of China, is to help strengthen financial cooperation between the two sides, boost bilateral trade and investment, and promote regional financial stability. “The agreement reflects the increasing opportunities available to settle trade between the two countries in Chinese renminbi and to make RMB-denominated investments,” the Reserve Bank of Australia said in a press release.

Earlier this year, China and Mongolia doubled the value of their bilateral currency swap agreement from RMB5 billion to RMB10 billion and Malaysia also increased its currency swap agreement with China from RMB80 billion to RMB180 billion. Also, in addition to its latest deal with Australia, China has signed new currency swap agreements this year with the United Arab Emirates worth RMB35 billion and with Turkey worth RMB10 billion.

Other countries that have signed bilateral currency swap agreements with China since 2009 include: Argentina (RMB150 billion), Belarus (RMB20 billion), Hong Kong (RMB400 billion), Iceland (RMB3.5 billion), Indonesia (RMB100 billion), Kazakhstan (RMB7 billion), New Zealand (RMB25 billion), Pakistan (RMB10 billion), Singapore (RMB150 billion), South Korea (RMB360 billion), Thailand (RMB70 billion), Turkey (RMB10 billion), and Uzbekistan (RMB700 million).

Furthermore, it is reported by the Financial Times that the central banks of England and Japan could soon be in line for currency swaps with China. This accelerated expansion of RMB-denominated currency swaps confirm China’s determination to make its tightly-controlled currency more internationally accepted.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:10 | 2340751 ekm
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Could you explain the structure of these agreements?

They look to me like Barter System using RMB as accounting unit, but nobody is accepting electronic RMB in exchange for Real Goods.

Internationalization of RMB = Exchange of RMB with Real Goods and keeping RMB as Reserves. Ain't happening anytime soon.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:03 | 2340643 Ramboy
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Americans love PF Changs

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:03 | 2340644 silverdragon
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Chinese gold demand remains very strong as seen in the importation of 40 metric tonnes or nearly 40,000 kilos of gold bullion from Hong Kong alone in February.

Hong Kong’s gold exports to China in February were nearly 13 times higher than the 3,115 kilograms in the same month last year, the data shows.

Shipments were 72,617 kilograms in the first two months, compared with 10,564 kilograms a year ago or nearly a seven fold increase from the record levels seen last year.

China’s appetite for gold remains strong and Chinese demand alone is likely to put a floor under the gold market.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:52 | 2340737 Havana White
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That's about a million and a half ounces.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:25 | 2340689 silverdragon
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Can not belive all the crybaby crap written about China by those with no f*ucking idea. China economy doing nicely, govt. with breaks on proprety can take off anytime.They are intentionally slowing their own economy to ensure what happened in Europe and the US doesn't happen in China.

Wake the f*ck up people, they make everything, they have all the cash, they are investing in infrastructure and commodities. They won and we the west haven't woken the f*ck up yet.

Oh yeah and buy physical silver.



Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:51 | 2341196 SeattleBruce
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"they make everything"

Interesting - haven't flown in a Chinese jet yet.  Nor have I ridden in a Chinese mftd car. They probably are making more car parts these days...

Unfortunately, I have bought a lot of cheap Chinese crap though...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:54 | 2340741 YesWeKahn
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8% is still pretty good with the second largest economy. Bernanke dies to get that number.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:52 | 2341199 SeattleBruce
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Not when the whole world is depending on China to rescue it...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:06 | 2340747 Great Depressio...
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OMG! A 6 point drop in ES! What are we going to doooo???

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:14 | 2340760 TruthInSunshine
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Dust off Hank Paulson, put together a 'give me a blank check for bailouts' action plan on a cocktail napkin, and have him scare the bejeezus out of 401(k) bagholders in front of an academy award winning slate of Congress-actors (looking stressed and worried) who get credit for a TBTF Vampire Squid-JPM slam dunk assist.

Martial Law & Tanks In The Streets, bitchez!

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:06 | 2340749 BlackholeDivestment
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...ah, the Great Wal Mart of China Falling Gong Show.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 02:00 | 2340811 cnhedge
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china's sequential activity data should be ok, no hard landing.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:54 | 2341202 SeattleBruce
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So, mixed data?  And still LOTS of inflation/nominal growth.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 02:30 | 2340844 chump666
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China slowdown fudge is to get the oil price down, Bernanke tried that about a week back and failed.  So China throws the market a slowdown figure.  Wow, insane central banks (The Fed and ECB) and a commie Chinese goverment are running the whole global market.


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 04:23 | 2340904 schismjism
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 08:13 | 2341124 Quinvarius
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I think we have to face the reality that at least 1/2 their GDP growth is pure inflation, 1/2 of this number is fabricated, and 1/2 this number is inaccurate due to reporting methodology.  Leveraged bankers will run in their hamster wheels for a few hours.  Enjoy the show.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 12:08 | 2341916 silverdragon
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Read the Art of War and undertand that it is best to underdeclare how well you are doing as per understated GDP figures ref Sole Proprieter businesses etc

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