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Hong Kong: Stocks flat, post worst monthly performance in nearly 4 years

Hong Kong stocks ended barely changed on Thursday, as most Asian markets stabilised after jitters over Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet abated.

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks were almost flat on Monday, capping a volatile month in which major indexes registered their worst performance in nearly four years amid global market turmoil triggered by concerns over the Chinese economy.

The Hang Seng index rose 0.3 per cent, to 21,670.58, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.1 per cent, to 9,741.41 points.

For the month, the Hang Seng index lost 12 per cent, its fourth straight month of decline and the worst performance since September 2011.

Materials and industrial sector stocks fell sharply but energy and financial shares ended the day higher.

CITIC Securities shares slumped 5 per cent, after four senior executives from China's largest brokerage admitted to insider trading.