Stocks in Hong Kong rose on
Tuesday as Beijing and Washington are said to be preparing for
fresh trade talks, helping investors overcome the overnight rout
in the U.S. markets.
** The Hang Seng index gained 0.6 percent to 25792.87 and
the Hang Seng China Enterprises index edged up 0.4
** The sub indices for the financial sector rose by 0.5
percent and the property sector was 0.6 percent higher.
** The market was lacklustre in the morning, treading in the
negative territory by midday. But as the news of Chinese vice
premier Liu He visiting the U.S. trickled in, investors became
more optimistic across the board.
** The rebound also lifted technology stocks, which were
battered overnight on Wall Street, with Apple Inc
leading the losses after the company's supplies issued warnings
** But Steven Leung, director of sales at UOB Kay Hian in Hong
Kong, casts doubt on how long the tech rally will last.
** "These investors are buying because of news, they are not
long-term money," he said. "There's a lot of short covering
going on, and tech stocks have been shorted a lot recently. This
is a technical rebound from a very low point."
** Participants in Hong Kong shares will keep a close eye on the
quarterly results of Tencent Holdings on Wednesday.
The company's shares rose 1.5 percent on Tuesday, after heavy
losses in the past two sessions on the back of weak earnings
** Energy stocks, however, bucked the rising trend in most of
the market. The Hang Seng's energy sub index closed
down 1.6 percent. Chinese state-owned China National Offshore
Oil Corporation Ltd's stock, which fell 3.1 percent,
was the worst performer in the Hang Seng.
** Oil prices were lacklustre after U.S. President Donald Trump
expressed support for lower prices and asked the Organization of
the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to refrain from cutting
production in 2019.
** The sector is likely to be placed under continued pressure as
oil prices stay low. "Trump does not want oil price to rise
quickly as that will push up inflation in the U.S.," Leung
** The top gainer on the Hang Seng was Geely Automobile Holdings
Ltd, up 4.7 percent. Other top gainers among H-shares
were Air China Ltd, up 3.7 percent, followed by China
Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, up by 2.7 percent,
and Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, which rose 2.6 percent.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.2 percent, while Japan's Nikkei
index closed down 2.1 percent.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.9531 per U.S. dollar at
0825 GMT, 0.16 percent firmer than the previous close of 6.9644.
The yuan steadied as state-owned banks sold dollars around 6.97
earlier on Tuesday.
** At close, China's A-shares were trading at a premium of 18.31
percent over the Hong Kong-listed H-shares.
** The Hang Seng is up 3.3 percent so far this month, after
losing 10 percent in October. The index for H-shares have gained
3.4 pct in the same period, having shed 8 percent last month.
(Reporting by Noah Sin; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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