HK forex reserves at $273.2 bln at end-January - HKMA

HONG KONG Wed Feb 9, 2011 5:57am EST

HONG KONG Feb 9 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's official foreign currency reserve assets stood at $273.2 billion at the end of January, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority said on Wednesday, up 1.67 percent from $268.7 billion at the end of December.

Hong Kong's currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar and the territory ranks as the world's ninth-largest holder of foreign currency reserves after mainland China, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, India, Brazil and Korea. (Reporting by Raymond Leung; Editing by Susan Fenton)