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Market Insights: Feb 26th, 2024

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02-26

Berkshire Hathaway released its fourth-quarter and annual financial report for 2023; the pace of IPOs and refinancing slows down.

Stock Market Dynamics:

  • The three major A-share indexes experienced fluctuations at the opening today. The Shanghai Composite Index slightly fell by 0.09%, the Shenzhen Component Index slightly rose by 0.01%, and the ChiNext Index slightly fell by 0.31%. Sectors such as industrial mother machines, humanoid robots, and logistics led the gains. Small-cap stocks performed strongly.
  • FTSE China A50 Index futures reversed to an uptick after previously falling by 0.4%.
  • Hong Kong stocks quickly rebounded, with the Hang Seng Index rising by 0.30% and the Hang Seng Technology Index increasing by 0.76%.

Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway's Financial Report:

  • Berkshire Hathaway released its fourth-quarter and annual financial report for 2023, along with Warren Buffett's annual letter to shareholders. In the letter, Buffett paid tribute to Charlie Munger and stated that it is almost "impossible to achieve astounding performance" in the coming years.

International Financial Markets:

  • The yield on two-year U.S. Treasury notes turned lower after reaching new mid-session highs over two months, still rising for the fourth consecutive week.
  • The U.S. dollar index saw its first decline after rising for seven consecutive weeks.
  • Crude oil prices saw a significant drop after reaching a three-month high, marking the first weekly decline of the month, with U.S. crude falling nearly 3% to reach a new two-week low. Gold prices rebounded to a new two-week high. Copper prices fell from a three-week high but rose for the second consecutive week. Nickel prices rose for the third consecutive trading day, reaching a new three-month high, with a near 7% increase over the week.

China Market and Regulatory Dynamics:

  • During the U.S. stock market session, the Chinese concept stock index rose for the third consecutive day, marking two consecutive weeks of gains. NIO fell by nearly 8%, and Xpeng Motors dropped by more than 5%. The Shanghai Composite Index rose for the eighth consecutive trading day, returning above the 3000 point mark, with small-cap stocks continuously rebounding. The market's largest dividend ETF and the 30-year treasury bond futures reached new historical highs.
  • Li Ming, director of the CSRC's Inspection Bureau, stated that the China Securities Regulatory Commission will intensify its efforts to crack down on market manipulation and insider trading.

U.S. Politics:

  • The South Carolina Republican primary results show that Donald Trump easily won the state primary.

Brokerage and Investment Banking Business:

  • The pace of IPOs and refinancing has slowed, putting continuous pressure on brokerage investment banking business. CITIC Securities has withdrawn the most material IPO projects, with a total of 7 withdrawals, resulting in a cancellation rate of 25%.
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