Hong Kong stocks fell, with the benchmark index headed for its biggest drop in a week, as Chinese developers sank after the nation tightened mortgage rules, extending efforts to cool the property market.
China Resources Land Ltd. (1109), a state-owned developer, dropped 5.5 percent. Sands China Ltd. (1928), the Asian unit of Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas company, slid 2.2 percent after its parent said for the first time that it probably violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jiangxi Copper Co., China’s biggest supplier of the metal, fell 1.7 percent after metal prices dropped. Chinese banks sank after the nation’s services industries expanded at the slowest pace since September.
The Hang Seng Index (HSI) slid 0.5 percent 22,756.21 as of 9:58 a.m. in Hong Kong, headed for its biggest drop since Feb. 26. About three stocks declined for each that rose in the 50-member gauge. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland companies retreated 1.1 percent to 11,218.8.
Hang Seng Index futures fell 0.8 percent to 22,676. The HSI Volatility Index (VHSI) rose 3.4 percent to 15.59, indicating traders expect a swing of 4.5 percent for the equity benchmark in the next 30 days.
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