No matter how miserable 2022 was for investors of all sorts, they could have undone all manners of sin with one simple move — going long Chinese stocks in late October. The KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF
has exactly doubled (okay, rose 99.88%) from its Oct. 24 intraday low. Of course, no one in their right mind would’ve made that investment allocation, so here in the real world, the question really is how far the rally can go.
Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, says China’s unexpectedly rapid dismantling of COVID restrictions is paving the way for a faster-than-anticipated economic reopening. UBS has upgraded Chinese equities to “most preferred” in Asia, at the expense of South Korea, and says select companies in the consumer, internet, pharmaceutical, medical equipment, transportation, capital goods and materials sectors are likely to see more front-loaded returns. Onto the call of the day from Morgan Stanley, which in the same vein says it’s turned “even more bullish” on China. A team led by Laura Wang kept an overweight rating and raised their year-end target on the MSCI China index from 70 to 80. (The iShares MSCI China ETF
ended Monday at $52.43.) It also lifted its China GDP growth estimate by three tenths …