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Hong Kong Has Fallen to “Neutral” Rating in Asia

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Consensus Recommendations: Hong Kong

What we can see in this chart are the consensus recommendations over five years. Analysts are now neutral on Hong Kong after four years of rating the country a “Buy” in Asia.

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One company with the most positive recommendations, Yestar, sells medical consumables and equipment in China from global brands such as Fujifilm and Roche. It’s aiming to ride the wave of Chinese healthcare growth.

Analysts are now neutral on #HongKong after 4 years of rating the country a #Buy in #Asia

On the negative side, China Huishan Dairy’s chairman and majority shareholder Yang Kai borrowed money to buy back shares in 2015 which caused the share price to double in less than three months.

So the recommendations are most negative there right now.

Consensus Earnings Estimates: Hong Kong

If we move on to see consensus earnings estimates, we can see that analysts have expected single-digit growth for the past five years. Estimates have been accurate when EPS has grown but not so much when EPS has fallen.

EPS estimates have been accurate when EPS has grown but not so much when #EPS has fallen

We’ve seen before that analysts can rarely predict when earnings fall, but they have been highly accurate in their earnings estimates in Hong Kong relative to many other countries in the region.

Lenovo Group’s earnings are expected to rebound from a loss in fiscal year 2016 as PC and smartphone shipments have started to pick up. Earnings per share has grown massively.

On the negative side, analysts are expecting Coolpad to have a tougher time in the mobile segment as shipments have fallen.

Consensus Target Prices: Hong Kong

We can see the consensus target price expected return versus the actual return. The gap here shows that analysts are optimistic.

Consensus now expects a 13% upside in #HongKong over the next 12 months

Target price expected returns have been in the double digits year after year, despite single digit or negative actual returns in the market. Consensus now expects a 13% upside over the next 12 months.

Wisdom Sports Group has a high expected upside as the share price has fallen more than 50% year-to-date.

Among the lowest consensus expected return, China Huishan Dairy is also the company with the most target price downside due to the price jump in 2015.

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