The benchmark index of the Hong Kong stock exchange, the Hang Seng, closed today with gains of 1.08% in a session encouraged by real estate titles.
The selective added 257.99 points to 24,254.86, while the index that measures the behavior of mainland Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock market, the Hang Seng China Enterprises, rose 1.58%.
All the sub-indices closed positive: Finance (0.3%), Services (0.41%), Trade and Industry (1.49%) and Real Estate (2.1%).
In the latter, the best returns were those of the developer Country Garden, which gained 3.43%, and its real estate management subsidiary CG Services, which rose 4.52%.
Good session for the digital giants; Alibaba, revalued 2.32%; Tencent, 1.2%, and Meituan, 0.73%.
It was also positive for financial titles such as China Merchants Bank (2.39%) or the insurer China Life (1.5%).
Among the minority of companies that registered losses in the Hang Seng today were the banking giant HSBC (-0.44%).
Mixed sign between Chinese state oil companies. Petrochina rose 0.85% and Cnooc fell 0.13%, a situation that was repeated with the telephone operators China Unicom (+0.52%) and China Mobile (-0.11%).
The trading volume for the session was HK $ 125,180 million (US $ 16,054 million, EUR 14,182 million).
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