Hong Kong stocks reverse course, aided by mainland money

Credit: REUTERS/BOBBY YIP

Hong Kong stocks staged a reversal on Thursday, bouncing back from a seven-month low, as mainland investors hunted for bargains through the Stock Connect.

HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used -0.8%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 9.3%

HSI +0.8%, HSCE +0.4%, CSI300 +0.3%

FTSE China A50 +0.3%

SHANGHAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks staged a reversal on Thursday, bouncing back from a seven-month low, as mainland investors hunted for bargains through the Stock Connect.

** The Hang Seng index .HSI rose 0.8% to 25,495.46, while the China Enterprises Index .HSCE gained 0.4% to 9,903.41.

** As of previous close, the benchmark index had lost 8.9% in August.

** The HSI on Thursday initially lost as much as 1.6% to its lowest since Jan. 4, following an overnight selloff on the Wall Street, after the U.S. Treasury yield curve temporarily inverted for the first time in 12 years.

** Stocks then turned higher, aided by strong money flows from the mainland.

** For the day, investors via the Stock Connect linking mainland and Hong Kong bought a total of 5.1 billion yuan ($725.9 million) worth of Hong Kong shares. Those investors had been net buyers in the past weeks even as stocks slid on the island city amid protests and trade worries.

** Properties .HSNP, among most affected by the protests, and telecoms shares .HSCIT, led the gains, closing up 3.3% and 4.4%, respectively.

** U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday tied a trade deal with China to humane resolution of the weeks of protests wracking Hong Kong, hours after the State Department said it was "deeply concerned" about reports of movement of Chinese paramilitary forces along the Hong Kong border.

** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index .MIAPJ0000PUS was weaker by 0.5%, while Japan's Nikkei index .N225 closed down 1.21%.

** The yuan CNY=CFXS was quoted at 7.0285 per U.S. dollar at 08:14 GMT, 0.05% weaker than the previous close of 7.025.

** At close, China's A-shares were trading at a premium of 32.17% over Hong Kong-listed H-shares. ($1 = 7.0261 Chinese yuan)

(Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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