Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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China and Hong Kong stocks up, property shares rise

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China’s blue-chip CSI300 index added 0.4% to 4,835.47, Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4% to 3,598.62, and Hang Seng index gained 1.2% to 23,337.96

China and Hong Kong stocks tracked other Asian shares higher on Friday as Beijing reiterated the need to prioritize economic stability, while property shares bounced back sharply on fresh signs of policy easing.

China’s blue-chip CSI300 index added 0.4% to 4,835.47 at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4% to 3,598.62.

The Hang Seng index gained 1.2% to 23,337.96. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index advanced 1.3% to 8,172.02.

The policy research office of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in the official People’s Daily on Friday that China should pay more attention to stabilizing growth. The state planner also said the country has relatively big room for policy adjustments.

Property shares bounced back in both markets after media reports that Chinese policymakers plan to exclude debt accrued from acquiring distressed assets when calculating property developers’ compliance with the ‘three red lines’.

The CSI300 Real Estate Index climbed more than 5%. Chinese property companies listed in Hong Kong gained nearly 3%.

However, shares of Shimao Group Holdings slumped and trading of some its key unit’s bonds was paused after the Chinese developer defaulted on a trust loan payment, underscoring continued stress in the country’s property sector.

Shimao’s Hong Kong-listed shares slumped 7% in morning trading to the lowest level since early-2009.

The Hang Seng Tech Index bounced back from record lows hit in the previous session.

Chinese tech shares had dropped this week, amid global weakness in the tech sector on fears of U.S. quantitative tightening.

A key market driver this week has been the rise in U.S. yields following the publishing of the Federal Reserve’s December minutes, said Kerry Craig global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.

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