EMERGING MARKETS-Stocks slide on contagion fears as Evergrande plumbs decade lows


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By Susan Mathew

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Emerging market stocks fell 0.8% on Thursday, putting them on course for their worst week in a month on investor fears of contagion from a potential downfall of embattled Chinese property developer Evergrande.

Shares in China’s no. 2 property developer lost 6.4%, taking losses so far this week to near 30%, after it applied to suspend trading of its onshore corporate bonds following another downgrade.

Hong Kong stocks dropped to their lowest this year, and mainland shares gave up more than 1% as other property stocks also sold off.

MSCI’s index of EM shares has fallen every day this week due to China’s increasing business regulations, weak economic data and Evergrande woes.

Given that the impact on China’s credit market has been focused on the property sector and only on…

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