China stocks extend losses as small-caps fall further; Hong Kong slips

* SSEC -0.6 pct, CSI300 -0.8 pct, HSI -0.2 pct

* Start-ups sold off as investors chase solid fundamentals

SHANGHAI, July 18 (Reuters) – China stocks extended losses
on Tuesday morning, as an intense sell-off in small-caps in the
previous session dampened investor confidence despite strong
second-quarter economic growth.

The CSI300 index fell 0.8 percent, to 3,632.99
points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai
Composite Index lost 0.6 percent, to 3,156.76 points.

In the morning, 16 stocks plunged by the 10 percent trading
limit.

The tech-heavy start-up board ChiNext slid 0.8
percent. On Monday, it tumbled 5.1 percent to its lowest since
January 2015.

The Hang Seng index dropped 0.2 percent, to 26,427.27
points.

The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.5
percent, to 10,728.90 points.

(Reporting by Luoyan Liu and John Ruwitch; Editing by Richard
Borsuk)

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