China Stock Selloff Worsens as Hong Kong Index Nears 19-Year Low – Yahoo Finance

(Bloomberg) — Chinese stocks in Hong Kong fell toward their lowest in nearly 20 years as investor pessimism deepened in the absence of new economic stimulus or market support.

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The Hang Seng China Enterprise Index fell as much as 2.6% on Monday, approaching levels not seen since 2005, making it one of the worst-performing major indexes in Asia. China's big tech companies, such as Meituan and Tencent Holdings, were the biggest drag.

The continued decline in Chinese stocks is in stark contrast to an optimistic Wall Street, which saw the S&P 500 index rise to its highest point in two years on Friday. This also comes after China's commercial financial institutions left their benchmark lending rates unchanged, a move that follows the People's Bank of China's recent decision to maintain borrowing costs, but expects more aggressive stimulus. This could disappoint investors who were

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Marvin Chen said the recent decline may be due to “a lack of catalysts in the short term and an exodus to more attractive options in the region.” “The global market is booming in the chip sector, an area where geopolitical tensions could cause China and the rest of the world to go their separate ways.”

The mood in mainland China markets was similarly volatile, with the benchmark CSI300 index falling as much as 0.9% on Monday, threatening a second consecutive session of losses.

The deepening crash has put pressure on mass issuance of so-called snowball derivatives, structured products that promise a bond-like coupon as long as the underlying asset trades within a certain range. The CSI Small Cap 500 Index, the price benchmark for some of these products, fell as much as 3% on Monday, to within 1% of a previously estimated threshold that could snowball into widespread losses.

Share prices of Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong have fallen about 13% since the beginning of the year, while the S&P 500 index has risen 1.5%. CSI300 fell 5.1%.

The slump in Chinese stocks since the start of 2024 is due to a variety of factors, from the worsening housing recession to persistent deflationary pressures to the Chinese government's reluctance to take active monetary and fiscal policies aimed at restoring growth. This is caused by a combination of factors. Uncertainty about the trajectory of U.S. interest rates and concerns about increased regulatory oversight are adding to the pessimism.

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Eva Li, head of Greater China equities at UBS Global Wealth Management, said in a press conference on Friday that the benefits of the People's Bank of China's monetary easing have already been priced in, and that a more “punch-packed move” is needed to revive stock prices. “We need a policy,” he said.

–With assistance from John Cheng.

(Updated with derivative details and latest analyst comments)

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