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China’s composite index slips amid global rally pause, Hong Kong stocks fall

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Hong Kong stocks ended lower on Friday, the biggest daily percentage drop since November 30, as investors locked in gains following recent strength and China’s composite stock index slipped amid a breather in the global rally.

At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was down 1.6 percent at 29,447.85. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index fell 1.8 percent to 11,677.45.

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For the week, the indexes rose 3.06 percent and 3.15 percent respectively, their fourth consecutive week of gains.

The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares fell 4.5 percent, while the IT sector dipped 0.1 percent, the financial sector ended 2.6 percent lower and the property sector slipped 1.8 percent.

“US sanction does not affect the solid fundamental of some Chinese big names, the correction of the stock market has made the valuation even more attractive,” said Carie Li, economist of OCBC Wing Hang Bank in Hong Kong.

The top gainer on the Hang Seng was WuXi Biologics (Cayman) Inc, which rose 6.03 percent, while the biggest loser was CNOOC Ltd, which fell 5.6 percent.

Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.72 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei index was down 0.4 percent.

Republicans in the US Congress have indicated they are willing to work with the new president on his administration’s top priority, a $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan, but some are opposed to the price tag.

China’s main Shanghai Composite index closed 0.4 percent lower at 3,606.75 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index ended 0.1 percent higher.

At 0804 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.4760 per US dollar, comparing to the previous close of 6.4595.

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