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We published a note on how to track Chinese growth in real time using financial and commodity market prices. In these weekly reports, we update the indicators to help us track growth.
Our market data-based tracker remained deeply negative, despite a slight improvement over the past two weeks, while the economic data-based tracker was unchanged (Charts 1 and 2).
Growth Appears Weak Ahead of Party Congress
Our market data-based tracker improved over the past two weeks due to a sizable increase in negative Baltic Dry Index year-on-year growth (Table 1 and Chart 6). However, this can be attributed to base effects; the index is down more than 10% over the past two weeks. The remaining components saw little change since our last update (Charts 3, 4, 5, and 7).
Our economic data-based tracker is unchanged this week (Table 2). Previously, a weaker PMI helped snap it out of a three-month period of improvement.
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