Shanghai stocks hit over 3-month low amid fresh global trade jitters; Hong Kong down
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SHANGHAI, Nov 3(Reuters) - Shanghai stocks hit a more than three-month low on Tuesday, as Washington's latest tariffs added to jitters over the prospects of a so-called "phase one" Sino-U.S. trade deal.
** The Shanghai Composite Index .SSEC shed as much as 0.6% to touch its lowest since Aug 26 before recouping some loses to end the morning session 0.1% lower, while the CSI300 index .CSI300 was unchanged at 3,836.25 points.
** U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday announced tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminium imports from Brazil and Argentina.
** Trump also said U.S. legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong did not make trade negotiations with China easier, but added he believes Beijing still wants a deal.
** Meanwhile, China banned U.S. military ships and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong and slapped sanctions on several U.S. non-government organisations for allegedly encouraging anti-government protesters in the city to commit violent acts.
** Following Trump's surprise Latin American tariffs decision, there are worries that disputes between China and the United States would be hard to resolve given Trump's emphasis on America's interests, said Tian Weidong, an analyst with Kaiyuan Securities.
** Losses in the A-share market were more limited than other markets as China's onshore equity market had been relatively weak recently, he added.
** In Hong Kong, the benchmark skid but clawed back some losses on hopes of stimulus amid more signs of economic damage to the Asian financial hub.
** The Hang Seng index .HSI dropped 0.2%, to 26,405.96 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index .HSCE gained 0.2%, to 10,380.88 points.
** Hong Kong's retail sales in October fell by their steepest on record, as ongoing anti-government protests that have gripped the Chinese-ruled city for nearly six months scared off tourists and hit spending.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index .MIAPJ0000PUS was weaker by 0.41% while Japan's Nikkei index .N225 was down 0.69%.
** The yuan CNY=CFXS was quoted at 7.0399 per U.S. dollar, 0.01% firmer than the previous close of 7.0409.
** So far this year, the Shanghai stock index is up 15.31%, while China's H-share index is up 2.4%. Shanghai stocks have risen 0.13% this month.
** As of 04:08 GMT, China's A-shares were trading at a premium of 28.74% over the Hong Kong-listed H-shares.
(Reporting by Luoyan Liu and John Ruwitch; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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