* SSEC -0.29%, CSI300 -0.58%, HSI +0.02%
* Real estate shares gain on policy easing expectations
* Traders to favour bonds, commodities - BOCOM International
SHANGHAI, Jan 19 (Reuters) - China stocks fell on Wednesday,
dragged down by electric vehicle makers and healthcare firms as
investors booked profits, while worries over a slowing economy
also weighed on market sentiment.
** At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was
down 0.29% at 3,559.69 and China's blue-chip CSI300 index
was down 0.58%.
** Leading the losses, the healthcare sub-index fell
2.11%, while the new energy vehicle sector lost
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 0.12% to
8,459.53, while the Hang Seng Index was up 0.02% at
** The smaller Shenzhen index was down 0.92%, the
start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by
1.96% and Shanghai's tech-focused STAR50 index was
** Shares of Chinese real estate developers surged after the
country's central bank pledged to roll out more policy measures
to stabilise the economy.
** Dalian iron ore jumped nearly 5%, leading ferrous materials'
rebound in top steel producer China following three sessions of
losses, on bets of more policy easing.
** Expectations of easing from the People's Bank of China while
bracing for tighter U.S. monetary policy "will spur traders to
punt on rates-sensitive assets such as commodities and bonds,"
Hong Hao, head of research at BOCOM International, wrote in a
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.57%, while Japan's Nikkei index
was down 2.30%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.3523 per U.S. dollar,
0.02% firmer than the previous close of 6.3537.
(Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)