Why Xinyuan Real Estate Shares Tumbled

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Xinyuan Real Estate (NYSE: XIN  ) , a residential real estate developer in China, tumbled as much as 18% following the announcement of new housing sector restrictions ready to be put in place by China's cabinet.

So what: On late Friday, China's cabinet voted for stricter implementation of the 20% capital gains tax on homes sales, increasing loan rates on buyers in cities where home prices are rising too rapidly, and other homebuyer restrictions. Previously, sellers had a choice between paying the 20% capital gains tax or between 1% and 2% the value of the home -- that appears as if it will no longer to be a choice, and it could be the impetus that dries up investment purchasing for the time being.

Now what: Up until now, Xinyuan has had no trouble selling its properties in China, but with the market for secondary homes becoming so restricted, it may see growth ebb a bit. Today's reaction seems pretty reasonable, especially given the still prevailing distrust of Chinese small-cap stocks on Wall Street. It's worth adding to your watchlist, but it's a company I'm perfectly happy observing from afar.

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