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Hong Kong: Stocks open higher

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong stocks rose in the first few minutes of trade Friday as investors brushed off a shock dip in US manufacturing activity and looked ahead to the release of jobs data later in the day.

The Hang Seng Index added 0.33 per cent, or 76.02 points, to 23,238.36.

But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.19 per cent, or 5.82 points, to 3,057.49 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, edged down 0.15 per cent, or 3.05 points, to 2,014.41.


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