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Hong Kong: Stocks end higher, helped by global bull run

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks ended higher on Thursday, tracking the global rally in equities and led higher by financial firms, which tracked gains in mainland peers and helped mitigate losses in energy shares.

The Hang Seng index rose 0.2 per cent, to 28,459.03 points, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.8 per cent, to 11,500.34 points.

Performance across sectors was mixed.

Top developer Sunac China Holdings leapt 5 per cent, helping property and construction firms end 1 per cent higher.

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Financial stocks added 0.4 per cent, with bellwether China Taiping Insurance closing 7.5 per cent at a one-month high.

But energy firms eased, tracking losses in mainland peers, after Beijing vowed to curb pollution throughout winter.

Northern China's Shanxi province, the country's top coal producing region, will aim to cut concentrations of hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 by 40 per cent over the winter months, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Traders expect Beijing's efforts will curb those firms' output, thus dampening their sales and earnings.