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Hong Kong, Shanghai: Stocks down at open

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[HONG KONG] Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai dipped in the first few minutes on Thursday as investors await the release of closely watched Chinese trade data later in the day.

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.16 per cent, or 36.85 points, to 23,704.96.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.06 per cent, or 1.98 points, to 3,089.95, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.07 per cent, or 1.44 points, to 2,043.11.