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Analysts at Nomura note that the China’s Caixin manufacturing PMI was unchanged at 51.1 in May from April, which is weaker than expected (Consensus and Nomura: 51.2).

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“This is inconsistent with the rebound in the official PMI released yesterday, but is not wholly surprising as the Caixin PMI includes many more small enterprises in its sample – and the sub-index for small enterprises in the official PMI fell in May. We maintain our view that suppressed production over the winter and restocking activity could support a rebound in industrial production in Q2 before a cooling in H2.”

“Despite a flat headline number, the output sub-index rose by 0.1 percentage points (pp) to 51.8 in May, lower than the average of 52.2 in Q1 2018 (2017 average: 51.5). The new orders sub-index, however, rose by 0.2pp to 51.8 in May (2017: 52.1), and the new export orders sub-index by 0.4pp to 49.2. The employment sub-index fell by 0.6pp to 48.6. The input and output price sub-indices both increased, by 0.3pp and 1.7pp, respectively, pointing to rising inflationary pressures.”