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Chinese Stock Market Plays Emerge Amid Growth Concerns

The Chinese stock market has performed relatively well this year. But it's rushing headlong into an outpouring of China bears souring on the country's growth.

A number of other indicators – weak factory production, slowing car sales – have international investors questioning whether the so-called "Chinese Economic Miracle" is losing steam.

It hasn't, and Western analysts currently have these three stock picks wrong...

Currencies

China's Yuan Enters the Currency "Big Leagues" to Take on the Dollar

I've been following one of the biggest "stealth" stories of the year: the rise of China's yuan as it gears up to take its place on the world stage.

Towards this very goal, China has taken steady, calculated steps for some time.

It's also no secret that China and Russia have a "special relationship" that will drive this trend.

China is likely to help its neighbor in this time of need, and the longer-term global implications could well be dramatic...

Currencies

This Investment Will Suffer from a Major Chinese Move

Earlier this year we discussed how Canada was aiming to host the first Chinese currency hub in the Americas.

Well now it's official, with Canada's financial capital, Toronto, the chosen winner.

With so much international business still transacted in U.S. dollars, China's central bank, like most others, holds dollars in reserve, or buys them as needed.

Doing business this way is cumbersome and expensive since currencies first need to be converted into dollars for the buyer's payment, and then back out of dollars if the seller wants to return it to his home currency. 

Increasingly, countries are seeking alternatives when trading with the world's number two economy… and China's only too happy to help.

The only questions left to ponder after this and other related developments, are who will benefit, and who will lose…

The only questions left to ponder after this and other related developments, are who will benefit, and who will lose...

Currencies

Profit from China's Currency Move

China's ambitions for superpower prominence are no secret.

But that requires recognition on the world stage.

Inevitably, that also means a greater role for China's currency, the yuan, in the global finance arena.

There are clear and visible signs that China's currency is on the march to that global position, yet until now they've been underreported.

It's an unstoppable trend, and we can take advantage by taking these critical steps...

Hot Stocks

The Biggest Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) Stock Catalyst Is This One Number

Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU) stock hit an all-time high of $237.55 this morning after yesterday's Q3 earnings report.

Baidu reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.79 on revenue of $2.203 billion. Analysts expected EPS of $1.69 and revenue of $2.22 billion. On a non-GAAP basis, BIDU had EPS of $1.90.

While those numbers are getting most of the attention, there's another number from the report that's most important. In fact, it's the biggest long-term catalyst for BIDU stock...

Alibaba

Alibaba IPO vs. Facebook IPO – Why There's One Clear Winner

Because of its epic size, the Alibaba IPO can't escape the comparisons to Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) IPO.

The $16 billion the Facebook IPO raised in 2012 made it the largest tech IPO of all time, a record the Alibaba IPO will almost certainly beat when it comes to market in the next two weeks and raises some $20 billion.

But despite certain similarities, this competition has a very clear winner…

Alibaba

Alibaba IPO Makes Founder Jack Ma China’s Richest Man – by a Wide Margin

The Alibaba IPO date is still at least two weeks away, but Alibaba's Chairman and co-founder Jack Ma is already feeling the impact of the massive IPO.

According to the Bloomberg's Billionaire Index, Ma's net worth has been calculated at $21.9 billion, making him China's wealthiest citizen – by a wide margin.

Here’s how Ma’s wealth stacks up against other Chinese billionaires, and how the Alibaba IPO will pad his lead…

Gold

China Holds the Keys to the Gold Market

Last year China's private-sector demand for gold reached a record level of 1,132 tonnes, and according to the World Gold Council (WGC), the Asian nation could easily dominate the gold market once again, as they predict demand growing 20% by 2017.

This updated projection from the WGC confirms that China's love for the precious metal remains robust.

Here's what's driving China’s ever-growing hunger for gold...

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