A hard landing may be in progress as data continues to soften.
I’m still thinking July and August data will be telling.
August 14 (Bloomberg) — China’s 2012 GDP growth target was cut to 8.5 percent year-on-year from 9 percent at Daiwa Capital Markets, which “weaker external demand growth” and to the government’s “recent efforts” to lower investment growth.
A double-dip recession in Europe and the U.S. would affect growth “even more negatively,” while China would be “unlikely” to announce a big stimulus package, analysts at Daiwa led by Mingchun Sun wrote in a report dated Aug. 12. They raised their 2011 consumer-price inflation forecast to 5.4 percent year-on-year from 4.9 percent.
They also revised down their 2012 export growth forecast to 10 percent year-on-year from 15 percent and lowered their import growth target to 13 percent from 18 percent.