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EqualOcean – Star Market Overview, July 2019
EqualOcean – Star Market Overview, July 2019
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China's Nasdaq-style marketplace finally started business on July 22.

Combined market cap of the board's 25 stocks surged over 120% in the first week of trading.

So far, the industrials sector prevails on the Star board, represented by 12 companies of various scale and scope.

While the second week of trading on the SSE (Shanghai Stock Exchange) Sci-Tech Innovation Board, known as Star Market, is going by, it is time to take stock of the new venue's background and sum up the interim analysis results.

EqualOcean has been following the Star board since its inception. We have prepared over 50 articles touching upon both the marketplace itself and the companies that filed for a public offering on it. This article summarizes our current efforts to spread knowledge about the latest China's attempt to connect domestic tech firms with local financial markets.

Before unleashing our monthly results, it is important to refresh one's memory. Below are some questions about the fresh SSE submarket and brief illustrated answers.


Or "what for?". This is a complicated issue. Although a huge set of factors exists, we consider three things as the most solid arguments explaining why this reform happened to China's market. They are derived from the economy's fundamental needs that got especially acute lately.

1) More mature, sustainable capital market is needed to smoothen the economic slowdown and structural reforms. The economy is unbalanced, it can be seen even from the stock market industry structure:

2) Internationally competitive trading platforms might lure back home numerous Chinese companies that went public abroad and prevent further possible leakages of this type;

3) Nowadays, economic growth is spurred mostly by innovation that is born from the tech-money cross-breeding. China has been having hard time ameliorating market-based financing channels, and the new board is a chance. Probably.


The Star Market is a top-down initiative, proposed by the national leaders. Xi Jinping, President of China, announced the project during the 1st China International Import Expo in November 2018.

In the late March 2019, companies started submitting applications and, after seven months of development, the board was officially launched on June 13.

The new marketplace began facilitating open-market operations on July 22, with the first batch of 25 stocks that had already undertaken lottery-based share allocation procedure.


Rules of the game is the most vital thing to discuss while comparing bourses. As for the Star Market, it is less strict to companies, giving slack to them (that's the first mainland China board allowing loss-making firms to go public). At the same time, the regulators became more harsh to the demand-side players -- they did complicate the requirements for traders.


148 companies have initiated listing procedures with the Shanghai Stock Exchange as of July 2019. Among them, 25 stocks started openly trading this month. We focus on these companies as they compile an illustrative list.

Noteworthy, so-called "Internet companies" could not be found on the list so far. Enterprises that market tangible goods apparently prevail. Five electrical equipment producers constitute the biggest industry-level cluster among the stocks in the new marketplace. This group is followed by semiconductor industry (represented by four companies).

"Industrials" is the largest macro sector on the board as of July 2019. Both by the number of stocks and combined market capitalization of firms in it. For instance, CRSC -- the biggest company on the Star Market that is also listed in Hong Kong -- made CNY 34.8 billion (USD 5.1 billion) in operating income last year.

"Technology", the second largest group in our breakdown, comprises several companies that Chinese government bets on. Chipmakers stand out here as semiconductor industry is considered as the core part in the to-be-shifted Chinese economy.

"Table on contents", July 2019

This time, we divided the results of recent EqualOcean's research into four sections: "Star Market and its essence", "Listed companies", "To-be-listed companies" and "News and intraday updates".

Star Market and its essence

Dissecting New 'China’s Nasdaq': What is SSE Star Market?

SSE Sci-Tech Board, Bull in a China Shop?

Shanghai vs Shenzhen: IPO Dilemma for China’s Tech Companies

Beyond the STARs: Meet Overhyped Young China's Chipmakers

Listed companies:

AMEC (中微公司) (688012:SH)

Anji (安集科技) (688018:SH)

Appotronics (光峰科技) (688007:SH)

ArcSoft (虹软科技) (688088:SH)

BLT (铂力特) (688333:SH)

CRSC (中国通号) (688009:SH)

Endovastec (心脉医疗) (688016:SH)

Espressif Systems (乐鑫科技) (688018:SH)

Fangbang (方邦股份) (688020:SH)

Fine Yuan Technology (嘉元科技) (688388:SH)

Forecam (福光股份) (688010:SH)

Hangke Technology (杭可科技) (688006:SH)

Harmontronics (瀚川智能) (688022:SH)

HYC Technology (华兴源创) (688001:SH)

Micro-Tech (南微医学) (688029:SH)

Montage Technology (澜起科技) (688008:SH)

PIESAT (航天宏图) (688066:SH)

Raytron (睿创微纳) (688002:SH)

Ronbay New Energy (容百新能源) (688005:SH)

Tianyishangjia (天宜上佳) (688033:SH)

Traffic Control Technology (交控科技) (688015:SH)

TZTEK (天准科技) (688003:SH)

Western Superconducting (西部超导) (688122:SH)

Worldia (沃尔德) (688028:SH)

Xinguang (新光光电) (688011:SH)

To-be-listed companies

Amlogic (晶晨半导体) (688099:SH)

Bio-Thera (百奥泰) (A19381:SH)

CABIO Biotech (嘉必优) (A16213:SH)

Friendess Technology (柏楚电子) (A19030:SH)

HeJian Technology (和舰芯片) (688188:SH)

News and intraday updates

The first three companies approved by the SSE

The next three companies approved by the SSE

June 13 -- the Star Market is launched

July 8 -- "25 Companies to Lead Off 'China’s Nasdaq'"

July 22 -- the first trading day on the Star Market

July 22, 2019 - morning session

July 22, 2019 - afternoon session

July 23, 2019 - morning session

July 23, 2019 - afternoon session

July 24, 2019

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