Investors look to China over India’s ‘overvalued’ stocks

The Chinese MSCI index is trading 13 times lower than its one-year forward earnings estimates

  
Men wearing face masks are seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building, as the country is hit by a novel coronavirus outbreak, at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China February 28, 2020.Image used for illustrative purpose

Men wearing face masks are seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building, as the country is hit by a novel coronavirus outbreak, at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai, China February 28, 2020.Image used for illustrative purpose

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Global investors holding billions of dollars are slowly starting to favor China over India, Bloomberg has reported, reversing a year-long trend.

BlackRock has upgraded Chinese stocks and said “the time to position in China is now,” reducing its exposure to Indian equities.

Goldman Sachs Group and Nomura Holdings both raised offshore Chinese stocks, downgrading Indian stocks.

The Chinese MSCI index is trading 13 times lower than its one-year forward earnings estimates; however, India has a multiple of 22, laying the gap at two standard deviations more than over the past decade.

“There is more opportunity to allocate to China as the performance disparity between the two countries is one of the largest on record,” said Tom Masi, a New York-based portfolio manager with GW&K Investment Management LLC, who recently reduced his India positions, Bloomberg reported.

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