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Hong Kong: Stocks extend gains at open

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[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks rose in early trade, adding to the previous day's rally on upbeat Chinese trade data, while investors await the release of mainland inflation figures.

The Hang Seng Index added 0.20 per cent, or 46.68 points, to 23,966.02.

But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was marginally lower, edging down 0.52 points to 3,095.43, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was slightly up, ticking 0.51 points higher to 2,050.59.