Meituan plunged 9% after sources told Reuters that Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to sell all or the bulk of its $24 billion stake in the food delivery giant. The news dragged down Hong Kong’s main stock benchmark. The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.2%, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1%.
The Hang Seng index fell 1.1%, while the China Enterprises Index lost 1.3%. ** China’s central bank cut key lending rates in a surprise move on Monday as data showed Chinese economic activity and credit expansion slowed sharply in July.
** Analysts now expect banks to cut the Loan Prime Rate next week. ** Other Asian equity markets struggled for direction, hampered by worries over global growth following weak China data.
** Most industry sectors slipped, with healthcare and non-ferrous metal down more than 1%. ** Real estate developers listed in the mainland rose 1.6%, while mainland developers traded in Hong Kong jumped nearly 6%.
** Chinese regulators have instructed state-owned China Bond Insurance Co Ltd to provide guarantees for onshore bond issuance by a few private property developers including Longfor Group and CIFI Holdings, sources said. ** Longfor, CIFI and top developer Country Garden soared between 9% and 13% in Hong Kong.
** China’s COVID-19 situation has been worsening over the past week, with the daily local caseload surging to more than 2,000, Nomura said in a note. ** As of Monday, 22 cities in China were implementing full or partial lockdowns or some kind of district-based control measures, affecting 5.6% of population and 8.8% of GDP, according to a Nomura survey.
** Meituan slumped more than 9% in Hong Kong, its biggest daily drop in 5 months. ** Tencent plans to sell Meituan shares to placate domestic regulators and monetise an eight-year-old investment, four sources said.
** Tencent edged up 0.9%, while the Hang Seng Tech Index declined 2%.