China's December factory activity set to expand for a second month: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s factory activity likely expanded again in December on stronger external demand and an infrastructure push at home, but the pace of growth is set to ease as markets await more certainty on a U.S.-China trade truce, a Reuters poll showed.

FILE PHOTO: A worker welds automobile parts at a workshop manufacturing automobile accessories in Huaibei, Anhui province, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for December is expected to come in at 50.1, slightly above the 50-point mark that separates expansion from contraction on a monthly basis, according to the median forecasts of 27 economists.

This would be notch below November’s 50.2, which unexpectedly ended six straight months of contraction as Beijing’s accelerated stimulus measures buoyed domestic demand.

The recovery has been supported by a rebound in external demand, a pick-up in infrastructure investment, a still-resilient property market, and a moderate inventory

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