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Property Stocks Decline on Real Estate Outlook: Beijing Mover

Property Stocks Decline on Real Estate Outlook
Construction workers leave the construction site of China Vanke Co.'s "Fun City" apartment complex in the Fangshan district on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Photographer: Keith Bedford/Bloomberg

Property stocks listed in Shanghai fell the most of any industry group on China’s biggest exchange after the nation’s largest listed real estate developer posted a drop in January sales.

The index tracking the shares of property companies listed in Shanghai fell as much as 2 percent to 2,845.06 and was trading at 2,848.67 points as of 2:37 p.m. China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.4 percent.

China Vanke Co. said after markets closed Feb. 3 that its January sales fell 39 percent from a year earlier, followed by Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., a developer based in southern China’s Guangdong province, which said the same day its January contract sales plunged 57 percent. Government limits on mortgages and home purchases led to a fifth consecutive monthly decline in nationwide prices as tracked by SouFun Holdings Ltd., owner of China’s biggest real-estate website.

“Property sales will surely do poorly throughout the first quarter,” said Cui Juan, a Beijing-based analyst at Minzu Securities Co. “Prices are just starting to fall and people are still staying to the sidelines.”

China’s home prices dropped 0.18 percent in January from December, data from SouFun showed. The five consecutive months of declines made up the longest streak of drops since SouFun began tracking prices.

Vanke fell as much as 2.2 percent to 7.62 yuan in Shenzhen and was trading at 7.63 yuan as of 2:32 p.m. Guangzhou R&F fell 1.6 percent to HK$8.05 in Hong Kong trading.

Beijing Capital Development Co., a developer in the Chinese capital, fell the most of any stock in the Shanghai Composite Index. It dropped as much as 5.7 percent to 9.19 yuan in Shanghai and traded at 9.20 yuan as of 2:34 p.m. local time.

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