SCMP shares fall 10 percent in Hong Kong after acquisition talks

HONG KONG Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:22pm EST

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares of SCMP Group Ltd (0583.HK), the publisher of the South China Morning Post, fell as much as 10 percent in resumed trade on Tuesday after it said it was in talks about the possible acquisition of a group of media companies.

The company said in a filing after the market closed on Monday that it was in negotiations with third parties, though it did not identify the targets. The disclosure came almost four hours after its shares surged as much as 31 percent before a trading halt.

The stock closed on Monday up 23 percent at HK$2.15, its highest close in four years, pushing its market capitalization up to $433 million.

The company said in its stock exchange statement that it was unaware of any reason for the stock price jump.

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(Reporting By Stephen Aldred and Elzio Barreto; Editing by Michael Flaherty and Richard Pullin)

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