Hong Kong shares close down 0.12%

Hong Kong shares ended 0.12 percent lower Thursday as profit-taking and concerns about China's slowing economy offset soothing comments from the US Federal Reserve chief about its stimulus programme.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 26.65 points to 21,345.22 on turnover of HK$45.78 billion (US$5.91 billion).

Chinese shares closed down 1.05 percent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slipped 21.52 points to 2,023.40 on turnover of 76.6 billion yuan ($12.5 billion).