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China Caixin PMI rose back above 50 in june, signalling expansion

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A private gauge of China's manufacturing exceeded estimates in June, adding to evidence that the economy is maintaining some momentum after a strong start to the year.

[BEIJING] A private gauge of China's manufacturing exceeded estimates in June, adding to evidence that the economy is maintaining some momentum after a strong start to the year.

The Caixin Media and Markit Economics manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to 50.4 from 49.6 in May, which had been the first time the index had slipped below 50 since June 2016 Output increased to 50.6 from 50.2 in May while new orders also rose.

Numbers higher than 50 indicate expansionary conditions; below 50 signals contraction.

"Economic activity in China has yet to be really affected by liquidity and also supervisory tightening," Donna Kwok, senior China economist at UBS Group AG in Hong Kong, said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

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The measure, which relies on a smaller sample size, compares with the official government PMI released on June 30 that rose to 51.7 in June, beating all economist estimates in a Bloomberg survey.

The official report signalled that robust global trade is aiding Chinese momentum, giving policy makers extra room to tackle the buildup of financial risks.

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