Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.’s efforts to make up production lost after Japan’s March 11 earthquake will benefit local shipping lines suffering from lower rates for hauling commodities and containers.
Japanese trading houses including Marubeni Corp. are expected to report record profits during the 2012 Japanese financial year because of strong prices for natural resources, Macquarie Group Ltd. said.
China’s stocks rose for a sixth day, the longest stretch of gains in four months, after automakers rallied on improving earnings and Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co. recommended power producers on valuations.
Chinese carmaker BYD Co. may be getting some bad news as it prepares to start selling in the U.S. next year. A planned reduction in government subsidies and a phase-out of interest-rate controls threaten to raise costs for it and thousands of companies across China.
Three years ago, China passed the U.S. as the world’s biggest car market. By 2015, it will likely exceed the U.S., Japan and Germany combined -- and that takes into account the current economic slowdown.
A year ago, investors loved Great Wall Motor Co.’s cheap SUVs. The stock surged to records, margins fattened beyond those of any automaker and the chairman even talked about outselling Jeep. Then it tried to go upscale.