The world’s most indebted property company, China Evergrande Group plunged by more than 10% on Monday to over 11-year lows, extending losses as executives try to save their business prospects and as default fears grow over upcoming debt obligations.
The Hong Kong-listed property company triggered a sell-off in property stocks listed in the city, with the Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index falling by -5.8% and the broader Hang Seng (HK50) by -3.30%. Markets in Mainland China did not witness any action today and were closed for a holiday.
Tracker Fund of Hong Kong ETF (TF5), one of the largest Hong Kong ETFs tracking the Hang Sang index with HK$94.24 billion in assets (USD 11.85 billion) fell by -3.21%. European fund Lyxor Hong Kong (HSI) UCITS ETF is following suit with losses of -3.45% (2:05 pm, GMT +2.00)
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