Yuan Tumbles As China PMI Miraculously Hugs The Flatline Despite Steel Industry Orders Crash

Since May 2012, China Manufacturing PMI has miraculously stayed within a 1 point range of the knife-edge 50 level between contraction and expansion. May 2015 just printed 50.1, the same as April with New Orders weaker and business activity expectations (hope) tumbling to 4 month lows. The Steel Industry PMI collapsed from 57.3 to 50.9 with New Steel Orders collapsing from 65.6 to 52.7 - the biggest monthly drop in record. And while non-manufacturing PMI remained in 'expansion territory at 53.1, it fell back from a brief bounce in April with employment and business expectations both weaker. For now, equity markets are unreactive but offshore Yuan is tumbling on the news, not helped by a sizable devaluation in the official fix.

The magic of manufacturing data... as non-manufacturing slowly catches down...

 

Disappointment triggering more offshore Yuan selling...

 

Not helped by yet another devaluation by PBOC...

  • *CHINA SETS YUAN FIXING AT 6.5889 VS 6.5790 DAY EARLIER
  • *PBOC CUTS YUAN FIXING TO LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2011 FOR THIRD DAY

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