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Hong Kong shares end 0.11% higher

Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai edged up on Wednesday after China released data showing the economy grew slightly more than expected in the first three months of the year. The benchmark Hang Seng Index edged up 0.11 percent, or 24.75 points, at 22,696.01 on turnover of HK$54.49 billion (US$7.03 billion). Traders were given an upbeat lead from Wall Street following upbeat corporate from Yahoo and chip giant Intel. The Dow ended up 0.55 percent, the S&P 500 jumped 0.68 percent and the Nasdaq added 0.29 percent.

Hong Kong shares end 1.60% lower

Hong Kong and Chinese shares fell on Tuesday as investors ignored a rally on Wall Street ahead of the release of Chinese first quarter growth data. The benchmark Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong lost 1.60 percent, or 367.54 points, to 22,671.26 on turnover of HK$63.61 billion (US$8.20 billion). Wall Street provided a positive lead after last week's heavy losses on concerns about tech plays. The Dow rallied 0.91 percent and the S&P 500 gained 0.82 percent, while the Nasdaq, which lost more than three percent last week, added 0.57 percent.

China bank loans surge in March: central bank

China's bank lending surged in March from the previous month, the central bank said Tuesday, but analysts dismissed the possibility of monetary easing. Domestic banks granted 1.05 trillion yuan ($168.7 billion) in new loans last month, down 12.4 billion yuan from a year earlier, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) said in a statement. The March lending figure compared with 644.5 billion yuan for February and came in slightly above a median forecast of one trillion yuan, according to a poll of 16 economists by the Wall Street Journal.

Hong Kong stocks down 0.66% at lunch

Hong Kong shares slipped 0.66 percent by the break on Friday, in line with regional losses following a sell-off on Wall Street. The benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 153.28 points to 23,033.68 on turnover of HK$54.57 billion ($7.04 billion). lm/dan

Hong Kong shares close up 1.51%

Hong Kong and Shanghai shares rallied on Thursday as dealers welcomed plans to link the two cities' bourses and allow cross-market investments. The news overshadowed another disappointing set of trade data out of China that added to concerns about the world's second biggest economy. In Hong Kong the benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 1.51 percent, or 343.79 points, to 23,186.96 on turnover of HK$106.91 billion (US$13.79 billion).

Hong Kong stocks end 0.24% down

Hong Kong shares fell 0.24 percent on profit-taking Friday at the end of a five-session winning streak, following losses on Wall Street ahead of the release of US jobs data. The benchmark Hang Seng Index shed 55.00 points to end at 22,510.08 on turnover of HK$62.04 billion (US$8.01 billion). The loss is the first for the index since last Thursday, although it managed to add two percent over the week.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.24% down

Hong Kong shares fell 0.24 percent on profit-taking Friday at the end of a five-session winning streak, following losses on Wall Street ahead of the release of US jobs data. The benchmark Hang Seng Index shed 55.00 points to end at 22,510.08 on turnover of HK$62.04 billion (US$8.01 billion). The loss is the first for the index since last Thursday, although it managed to add two percent over the week.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.18% higher

Hong Kong shares gained 0.18 percent on Thursday, a fifth consecutive rise, following a record close on Wall Street and after China unveiled a mini-stimulus to kickstart the world's number two economy. The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 41.14 points to 22,565.08 on turnover of HK$71.67 billion (US$9.25 billion). Beijing on Wednesday unveiled a mini stimulus programme to boost the Chinese economy, which has shown signs of slowing in recent months. Among the measures are extra spending on railways, improving low-income housing and tax relief for small businesses.

HKEx in cooperation talks with mainland China stock exchanges

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd said it is in talks on cooperation with mainland China stock exchanges, a deal that could allow investors to buy mainland-listed stocks via the Hong Kong exchange. The Hong Kong exchange operator said there was no guarantee such a deal could be reached. HKEx shares had jumped nearly 6 percent on Wednesday, their biggest gain in over a year, on a report on the cooperation talks in the 21st Century Business Herald.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.34% higher

Hong Kong shares edged up 0.34 percent Wednesday, in line with a regional rally following a record close on Wall Street in response to upbeat manufacturing data in China, Europe and the United States. The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 75.40 points to 22,523.94 on turnover of HK$73.65 billion (US$9.50 billion).
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