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Hong Kong, Shanghai: Stocks end up before US jobs, G20

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[HONG KONG] Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks ended higher Friday ahead of a closely watched US jobs report later in the day and as China prepares to host its first G20 summit at the weekend.

The Hang Seng Index added 0.45 per cent, or 104.36 points, to close at 23,266.70.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.13 per cent, or 4.04 points, to 3,067.35 but the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dropped 0.40 per cent, or 8.17 points, to 2,009.29.