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Shares of Hong Kong-listed property developers rise after China lowers mortgage rates

Hong Kong-listed property developers rose in early trade Monday, following a surprise move by China’s central bank to reduce mortgage rates for first-home buyers.

Country Garden Holdings Co.
2007,
+1.81%

was up 3.4% and Seazen Group Ltd.
1030,
+0.99%

gained 4.0%. Longfor Group Holdings Ltd.
960,
+0.97%
,
China Resources Land Ltd.
1109,
+0.44%

and China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.
688,
-1.08%

added 1.5%, 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively. Guangzhou R&F Properties Co.
2777,
+0.37%

gained 1.5%.

The Hang Seng Mainland Properties index rises 1.7%, trimming year-to-date losses to 15% and outperforming the broader Hang Seng Index’s
HSI,
-0.48%

0.2% rise.

The People’s Bank of China said Sunday that it would allow commercial banks to reduce their mortgage rates by up to 20 basis points from the current floors for first-home buyers. It kept the minimum mortgage rates for second-home buyers unchanged.

Property analysts said the move could help revive part of the property market at a time when China’s economy is cooling.

“We expect the new mortgage rate pricing mechanism…could help home buyers to save as much as some 70 [basis points in] borrowing cost,” CGS-CIMB analysts said in a research note.

Goldman Sachs analysts added that the move “sends a loud and clear signal that policymakers are pushing for property policy easing with concrete measures.

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