Despite the broader downturn in China’s local equities, shares of small and medium-sized companies are showing signs of entering a bull market. The Beijing Stock Exchange 50 Index, which tracks early-stage innovative companies listed in the capital, rose 3.1% on Monday, marking a gain of over 19% since October. This outperformance has made it a bright spot in China this quarter, beating its larger, tech-heavy peer by 12 percentage points and the benchmark CSI 300 Index by 16 percentage points.
The strong rebound on the Beijing board can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the wider fluctuation range of 30% allowed for its constituents in either direction, compared to a span of as much as 20% for the Shanghai and Shenzhen gauges. Secondly, investors’ light positioning in these companies and regulators’ consideration to include eligible securities into the CSI cross-market index system are also seen as catalysts for this growth.
The Beijing exchange was launched two years ago with the aim of helping small firms raise funds and make China’s financial markets more multifaceted. The largest of around a dozen exchange-traded funds tracking the index have assets of about 228.8 million yuan ($31.9 million), indicating moderate investment compared to other options.
In conclusion, while China’s overall equities market is facing challenges, shares of small and medium-sized companies are showing promising signs of growth. The Beijing Stock Exchange 50 Index is outperforming its larger peers and providing investors with an attractive investment opportunity that could be worth considering amidst this economic uncertainty.