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HK stocks end 0.16 pct higher

English.news.cn   2013-02-08 17:57:26            

HONG KONG, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong stocks went up 0.16 percent on Friday, the last trading day before the Chinese New Year holiday.

The benchmark Hang Seng index rose 38.16 points to end at 23, 215.16 points, after trading between 23,101.09 and 23,267.20. Turnover totaled 65.74 billion HK dollars (about 8.48 billion U.S. dollars).

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell 32.18 points, or 0. 28 percent, to close at 11,649.78.

Three sub-indices gained, with the Utility sub-indice adding the most by 0.46 percent, followed by the Properties 0.33 percent and the Finance 0.30 percent. The Commerce and Industry lost 0.11 percent.

Banking giant HSBC, which accounts for the largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, went up 0.23 percent to 86.35 HK dollars, while its local unit Hang Seng Bank closed 0.96 percent higher at 126.90 HK dollars. China Mobile, China's dominant mobile carrier, ended up 0.24 percent at 85.45 HK dollars. While another Chinese telecom giant China Unicom, slid 3.94 percent to 11.70 HK dollars, becoming the worst performer among blue chips. Local bourse operator HKEX gained 1.39 percent to 146.00 HK dollars.

For local property developers, Sun Hung Kai, HK's largest property developer by market value, edged up 0.58 percent to close at 122.40 HK dollars; Cheung Kong properties, owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing, increased 0.49 percent to close at 124.00 HK dollars.

As for mainland-based financial stocks, China Construction Bank, the country's second largest bank which accounts for the third largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, decreased 0.16 percent at 6.42 HK dollars. ICBC, the world's largest bank by market value, closed flat at 5.63 HK dollars. Bank of China retreated 0.8 percent to 3.74 HK dollars.

As for energy stocks, China's top refiner Sinopec lost 0.46 percent to 8.61 HK dollars. PetroChina, the country's largest oil and gas producer, ended down 1.31 percent at 10.58 HK dollars.

Hong Kong's stock market will reopen Thursday, Feb. 14. (1 U.S. dollar equals 7.756 HK dollars)

Editor: Hou Qiang
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