|Bid||12.33 x 29200|
|Ask||12.34 x 27000|
|Day's Range||12.07 - 12.36|
|52 Week Range||4.88 - 12.76|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||2.12|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||16.09|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.15 (1.21%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Feb 23, 2021|
|1y Target Est||16.10|
(Bloomberg) -- China’s economy strengthened in the first quarter of the year as consumer spending rose more than expected, putting it on course to join the U.S. as twin engines for a global recovery in 2021.Gross domestic product climbed 18.3% in the first quarter from a year earlier, largely in line with the 18.5% predicted in a Bloomberg survey of economists, though that record-breaking figure was mainly due to comparisons with a year ago when much of the economy was shut due to coronavirus. Retail sales beat expectations while industrial output growth moderated.The latest data puts China on course to grow well above its annual target of more than 6%, supporting the view that China and the U.S., where economists predict 6.2% growth, will both outperform other major nations this year. China’s recovery hasn’t yet plateaued after it became the first major economy to contain the spread of coronavirus and return to growth, with GDP rising 0.6% in the first three months of 2021 from the previous quarter.How Much of China’s GDP Was Made in America?: Daniel MossThe recovery last year was led by strong investment in real estate and infrastructure spurring demand for industrial goods, while overseas orders for medical goods and electronic devices fueled exports. Consumer spending had lagged, but the latest figures showed a turnaround. Retail sales growth was 6.3% in March when calculated on a two-year average growth basis -- which removes distortions created by last year’s lockdowns -- up sharply from the rates seen last year.“We are seeing a bit more balanced recovery in the Chinese economy,” Wang Tao, chief China economist at UBS AG, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “That early pickup in construction industry is going to give way to more household consumption,” she added. Consumer spending at restaurants and sales of discretionary goods such as jewelry, alcohol and tobacco led the growth of retail sales in March.The economy was also boosted by a jump in investment from overseas. Inbound investment into China rose almost 40% to $45 billion in the first three months of 2021, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce released Thursday. That was the highest for that period in comparable data back to 2002.Markets were choppy following the data release but ended the day little changed, with the benchmark CSI 300 Index paring an earlier loss of as much as 0.6% to finish up 0.35% for the day. The yield on benchmark 10-year sovereign debt fell slightly to 3.16%. The onshore yuan was unchanged on the day at 6.5226 per dollar.Broadening out the recovery remains a work in progress with growth in the first quarter still reliant on the property sector. Fixed-asset investment in real estate rose 7.6% on a two-year average growth basis and infrastructure spending increased roughly in-line with pre-pandemic rates. Quarterly steel production of 271 million tons suggests that annual output is on course to top 1 billion tons for the second year running.What Bloomberg Economics Says...The undershoot in GDP growth relative to expectations and lopsided nature of the recovery do not warrant any economy-wide shift in monetary policy, in our view.Looking forward, production is poised to start peaking, while demand should pick up further. This should add more balance in what looks to be a steady recovery ahead.Chang Shu, chief Asia economistFor full report, click hereAlthough Beijing has promised “no sharp turns” in monetary and fiscal support this year, some prominent economists have warned that premature tightening could still put the recovery at risk. The central bank has asked banks to curtail loan growth in coming months as it seeks to control credit to curb asset bubbles. Alongside the investment data, data showing home prices grew at the fastest pace in seven months in March will likely prompt more action by Chinese policy makers to rein in the sector.“Considering the robust recovery, we certainly do not expect Beijing to step up easing measures, but it is also unlikely to make a sharp shift in its policy stance,” Nomura economists led by Lu Ting wrote in a note. Authorities have learned lessons from a “forceful deleveraging campaign” in 2017-18, which led to bond defaults, a stock market selloff and weaker growth, they said.The statistics bureau said Friday inflation is expected to remain in a moderate range this year, and while rising commodity costs could boost domestic prices, there’s no basis for prices in upstream sectors to rise significantly.“The economy is far from overheating,” said Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance Securities Hong Kong Ltd. “The consumer sector doesn’t have a solid basis for overheating, and I don’t think the central bank will take a faster turn for monetary policy.”Bloomberg Economics forecasts global GDP growth of 6.9% in 2021, rapid enough to bring output substantially back onto its pre-Covid path. Data released Thursday showed the U.S. economy’s comeback is firing on all cylinders, with retail sales exceeding pre-pandemic levels in all categories except restaurants. Production at U.S. factories increased in March by the most in eight months.China has rapidly accelerated its vaccination campaign over the past month in a move that should help bolster spending on services. A recovery in major economies fueled by vaccine roll-outs and the Biden administration’s massive fiscal stimulus is expected to sustain rapid growth in Chinese exports this year.Economists have upgraded their forecasts for China’s growth in recent days: Bloomberg Economics expects 9.3% expansion, ING Groep NV economist Iris Pang predicts 8.6% and Nomura sees 8.9%.“We expect the economy to continue to gain momentum in the second quarter, with a rotation in terms of the drivers of growth compared to last year,” said Louis Kuijs, head of Asia Economics at Oxford Economics Ltd. in Hong Kong. “Less generous fiscal and monetary policy will weigh on infrastructure and real estate investment, while improved profitability and confidence should buoy corporate investment and consumption.”(Updates with foreign investment data.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
ING to separate Board roles for operations and technology; Ron van Kemenade appointed chief technology officer, chief operations officer Roel Louwhoff to leave ING ING announced today that in order to further strengthen its position as a digital leader in banking it will separate the Management Board Banking roles for technology and operations. Ron van Kemenade will be appointed member of the Management Board Banking and chief technology officer, effective 1 May 2021. After a transitional period, Roel Louwhoff, chief operations officer and chief transformation officer, will leave ING later this year to continue his career outside the company. Further announcements on his succession will be made as and when appropriate. Ron van Kemenade is currently ING’s chief information officer, reporting to the chief operations officer. In his new role as chief technology officer on the Management Board Banking he will remain responsible for technology globally, including infrastructure, applications and architecture. He will also remain responsible for data management and will assume responsibility for information security. The chief operations officer will remain responsible for bankwide operations including KYC, the Global Transformation Office and ING Business Shared Services. Ron van Kemenade (Dutch) joined ING in 2003 as director Internet Retail for ING Netherlands. He has held various positions including responsibility for direct channels and payment services at the Postbank, for product and programme management at ING Retail Banking and as CIO of ING Netherlands from 2010. In 2013, he assumed his current position. Before joining ING, Ron worked at telecom provider KPN for 12 years, lastly as director Consumer Internet and Media Services (2001-2002). He holds a degree in public administration from the University of Twente and a postgraduate Controller’s degree. Roel Louwhoff was appointed as ING’s chief operations officer effective 1 May 2014 and additionally as chief transformation officer in October 2016. Before joining ING he held positions in consultancy, operations and IT with various international organisations including SNT, ClientLogic Corporation and BT. Steven van Rijswijk, CEO of ING said: “Today’s announcement marks a next step in our journey to become a data-driven digital leader in banking. I am confident that Ron’s appointment as chief technology officer will serve as a catalyst for our further development. As ING’s first chief operations officer, Roel has played a central role in the execution of our strategy. We have benefitted enormously from his experience and drive and will continue to do so in the coming months. But I want to thank him already for his valuable contributions to ING and wish him well in his future activities.” Roel Louwhoff said: “The separation of the operations and technology roles at board level is a natural step in the evolution of ING as a digital leader, which I fully support. For me, after seven years on the Board, it is also a natural moment to start looking for a change of scenery later this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey over the past years and I want to thank all of my 57,000 colleagues and wish them well for the future.” The appointment of Ron van Kemenade has been approved by the European Central Bank. Roel Louwhoff will step down from the Management Board Banking effective 1 August 2021 and will leave ING on 1 November 2021. As of 1 May 2021, the composition of ING’s Management Board Banking will be as follows: Steven van Rijswijk, chief executive officerTanate Phutrakul, chief financial officerLjiljana Čortan, chief risk officerPinar Abay, head of Market LeadersAndrew Bester, head of Wholesale BankingAris Bogdaneris, head of Retail and head of Challenger & Growth MarketsRon van Kemenade, chief technology officerRoel Louwhoff, chief operations officer and chief transformation officer (until 1 August 2021) Note for editorsA short interview with Ron Van Kemenade is available at ing.com. For further information on ING, please visit www.ing.com. Frequent news updates can be found in the Newsroom or via the @ING_news Twitter feed. Photos of ING operations, buildings and its executives are available for download at Flickr. ING presentations are available at SlideShare. 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(Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stands ready to pull some of the central bank’s policy levers in between regularly scheduled meetings, if that’s what it takes to keep short-term interest rates under control.He noted recent downward pressure on rates during the Federal Open Market Committee’s March 16-17 meeting, according to minutes released Wednesday, and said it might be appropriate adjust the interest on excess reserves rate (known as IOER), the amount the Fed pays on its facility for overnight reverse repurchase agreements or both. Action could come at a regular meeting or between them to keep the fed funds rate, the central bank’s main policy benchmark, “well within” 0% to 0.25%, he said.Repo and Treasury bill rates have been flirting with zero -- and even trading below sometimes -- since the beginning of the year as reserve balances at the central bank swell. Market participants have told the Fed that a rapid expansion in reserves could keep driving money-market rates lower, with the earliest and most pronounced moves in the overnight secured funding markets.“The Fed has no qualms about helping the front-end when it’s necessary, but at the moment it seems that things would have to get worse before the Fed steps in,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, senior U.S. rates strategist at TD Securities.Padhraic Garvey, head of global debt and rates strategy at ING Groep NV, expects that moment could come sooner with a 10 basis point hike on IOER. “It would be purely a technical thing, to coax liquidity into that bucket, and in so doing to help frame where surrounding alternatives should trade, including the likes of SOFR,” he wrote in a client note.Traders aren’t waiting either. They’re selling futures tied to the Fed Funds rate that would benefit from such a move after the FOMC minutes hinted at the appropriateness of implementing adjustments to administered rates.The Fed took its first steps to support short-term rates last month when it directed the Open Markets Desk at the New York Fed to increase the daily counterparty limit on its overnight reverse repo facility to $80 billion per day from $30 billion, the first adjustment since 2014.On Wednesday, 15 participants tapped the facility for $35 billion, the most since March 31.(Adds strategist quote in fifth paragraph and price action in sixth.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.