* SSEC -0.54%, CSI -0.61%, HSI -0.27%
* Property sector leads losses on Evergrande's slimmed
* Tencent hits record high on Xi's speech
BEIJING, Oct 14 (Reuters) - China stocks slid on Wednesday,
with property firms leading the losses due to mounting pressure
for raising fresh cash under the government's new debt-ratio
caps, while some tech shares climbed after comments from
President Xi Jinping.
** At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was
down 0.54% at 3,341.73.
** China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.61%, with the
real estate sub-index dropping 1.09%, while the
healthcare index inched up 0.09%. The financial
sector sub-index slipped by 0.56%, while the
consumer staples sector was down 0.76%.
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 0.02% to
9,880.74, while the Hang Seng Index was down 0.27% at
** The smaller Shenzhen index was down 0.48%, the
start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by 0.5%
and Shanghai's tech-focused STAR50 index was down
** Shares of China Evergrande Group, the country's
most indebted property developer, fell as much as 18% in early
trading. The company raised $555 million in a slimmed-down share
sale after initially targeting up to double that amount.
** Shares of Shenzen-based Tencent Holdings Ltd hit an
all-time high by surging 2.2% in the morning.
** Shenzhen will strengthen property rights and protection of
entrepreneurs, President Xi said on Wednesday, in a speech
marking the establishment of the country's first economic zone
in the southern city four decades earlier.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was firmer by 0.10% and Japan's Nikkei index
was up 0.08%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.7392 per U.S. dollar,
0.09% firmer than the previous close of 6.745.
(Reporting by Zhang Yan in Beijing, Luoyan Liu and Andrew
Galbraith in Shanghai; editing by Uttaresh.V)