China stocks sag on IPO concerns; Hong Kong down

martes 22 de diciembre de 2015 00:49 GYT

* CSI300 -0.5 pct; SSEC -0.5 pct; HSI -0.1 pct

* New batch of China IPOs expected to freeze 1.7 trln yuan

* China to make monetary policy flexible, expand budget deficit

SHANGHAI, Dec 22 (Reuters) - China stocks gave back some of the previous session's sharp gains on Tuesday, with investors growing skittish about the impact of a new wave of initial public offerings.

Hong Kong stocks also corrected, dragged lower by energy shares after oil prices hit a fresh 11-year low amid concerns of a persistent supply glut.

The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.5 percent, to 3,848.61 points by the lunch break, retreating from four-month highs touched on Monday. The Shanghai Composite Index also lost 0.5 percent, to 3,623.56 points.

Blue chips, including banks, property and transportation were all down on profit-taking, despite market-friendly messages from a key meeting of China's Communist leadership. Reforms were announced, including plans to make China's monetary policy more flexible and to expand the government's budget deficit in 2016.

However, analysts said the policies did not exceed investor expectations, while the imminent source of anxiety was the new batch of eight IPOs this week that some estimated would freeze about 1.7 trillion yuan ($262.5 billion) of liquidity.

Two companies, Beijing Qianjing Landscape Co and Jiangsu Jingshen Salt & Chemistry Industry Co, will take investor subscriptions on Tuesday, while the other six firms will kick off fundraising later this week.   Continuación...