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Hong Kong: Stocks up 0.81% at open

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks climbed in opening trade on Thursday as dealers welcomed comments from US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen that tempered expectations of an interest rate hike in early summer.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 195.31 points to 24,315.39.

But in mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.55 per cent, or 19.58 points, to 3,557.72.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.23 per cent, or 4.20 points, to 1,814.18.