HONG KONG Dec 6 Hong Kong shares edged lower on
Thursday, dragged down by financials and a weak day for mainland
markets as investors paused after the previous session's jump to
a three-week high.
The Hang Seng Index ended the day down 0.1 percent at
22,249.81 The China Enterprises index of top locally
listed mainland firms rose 0.3 percent, helped by gains in
infrastructure stocks and mid-sized Chinese banks.
On the mainland, the CSI300 of top Shanghai and
Shenhzen listings fell 0.2 percent, while the Shanghai Composite
slipped 0.1 percent.
* Financials were on the backfoot with HSBC Holdings
off 0.5 percent after Reuters reported that Europe's
largest bank may pay a $1.8 billion fine to U.S regulators as
part of a settlement over money laundering lapses.
Shares of AIA eased 0.3 percent ahead of the
expiration of a lock-up on AIA shares for American International
Group when the U.S. insurer will be free to sell a stake
worth $6.4 billion at current market prices.