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Hong Kong stocks slip, Shanghai up ahead of China data

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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 ended 0.27 per cent lower Friday ahead of the release of key Chinese economic data while investors are also on edge before a crucial US interest rate decision next week.

In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index slipped 58.13 points to close at 21,504.37. However, the index ended the week higher for the first time since July.

Shanghai's benchmark composite index ended marginally higher, adding 2.34 points, to 3,200.23.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 0.62 per cent, or 10.97 points, to 1,781.35. Both mainland indexes ended the week higher for the first time since mid-August.

AFP

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