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Hong Kong shares end flat as investors pause after recent rallies

13 Jan 2021 / 16:51 H.

    * HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 2.2%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 14.8%

    * HSI -0.2%, HSCE -0.4%, CSI300 -0.3%

    * FTSE China A50 -0.6%

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares ended lower on Wednesday, with consumer shares leading the declines, as investors paused after a rally fuelled by the south-bound bargain hunting from mainland investors.

    ** The Hang Seng index ended 29.72 points or 0.11% lower at 28,268.80. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index fell 0.27% to 11,199.59.

    ** The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking the consumer staple sector dropped 1.93%, while the financial sector ended 0.3% lower and the property sector dipped 0.19%.

    ** Mainland investors purchased a net 12.26 billion yuan ($1.90 billion) worth of Hong Kong stocks via the Stock Connect linking Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Refinitiv data showed, remaining the momentum from previous sessions.

    ** In recent sessions, as U.S. investors dump shares in Chinese companies blacklisted by outgoing President Donald Trump, bargain hunters in China are taking the opposite side of that trade, wagering that a Joe Biden presidency will reverse the investment ban.

    ** The top gainer on the Hang Seng on Wednesday was CNOOC Ltd , which gained 4.93%, while the biggest loser was Sino Biopharmaceutical Ltd, which fell 3.53%.

    ** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed down 0.27% at 3,598.65, while the blue-chip CSI300 index ended down 0.33%, on profit-taking.

    ** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.25%, while Japan's Nikkei index closed up 1.04%.

    ($1 = 6.4618 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Cheng Leng, Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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