Country Garden credit distress likely to spill over to China markets – Moody’s

LONDON (Reuters) – Credit distress at Chinese private developer Country Garden is likely to spill over to the country’s property and financial markets, weakening sentiment and delaying the recovery of the property sector, Moody’s Investors Service said on Friday.

Country Garden on Tuesday said it had not paid two dollar bond coupons due on Aug. 6 totalling $22.5 million.

The developer’s shares and bonds dropped to record lows on Friday, deepening concerns about the property sector outlook in the absence of stronger support from Beijing.

(Reporting by Alun John; Editing by Amanda Cooper)