Fidelity China Special Situations: ‘China equities valuations remain compelling’

Fidelity China Special Situations (LON:FCSS) has announced its monthly summary for December 2023.

Portfolio Manager Commentary

Chinese equities started 2023 on a strong note amid hopes of a market revival following its sudden reopening in December 2022. However, the rally fizzled out as concerns over a fragile economic recovery, prolonged housing slump, weak consumption demand and underwhelming stimulus measures led to a heavy selloff. Nevertheless, policy direction towards regulatory loosening is clear. Job and wage cuts in 2023 have clearly hurt consumer confidence. However, from our discussions with companies, we have the sense that the worst is behind us. Over the longer term, improving corporate earnings could be a key driver for an improvement in investor confidence. Meanwhile, valuations in the Chinese equity market remain compelling, both in historical terms and compared with some other major markets. Clearly, a lot of pessimism over the economy appears to be priced in.

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