China’s stock markets have been suffering considerable volatility, sending the central government scrambling in an attempt to pick up the pieces to support the crashing market. Although Chinese economic growth slowed during the past year and local companies’ profits proved unsubstantial, investment in Chinese stocks remained high, creating a bubble which popped on June 12 with the Shanghai index losing a third of its value. Additional signs of market weakness have spread throughout the Chinese manufacturing industry as sector jobs are cut at a rate unobserved since February 2009. Likewise, the effects of slower than anticipated Chinese growth are already being felt by the energy industry, as China remains the world’s largest energy consumer.
Source:: Oil Voice