* HSI, CSI300 +1.4 pct; H-shares +1.7 pct
* Gains came as turnover rose in afternoon trade
* Market talk of possible policy easing sparks A-share
* Angang Steel jumps after sale of Tianjin Angang Tiantie
By Clement Tan
HONG KONG, Nov 21 Mainland Chinese shares
finished higher, strongly reversing earlier losses on Wednesday,
led by energy majors and some premium alcohol counters that
buoyed Hong Kong's benchmark index to its best daily gain in
more than two months.
The Hang Seng Index climbed 1.4 percent, its best
daily showing since Sept 14. The China Enterprises Index
of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong jumped 1.7 percent.
Bourse turnover was at its highest in a week.
In the mainland, the CSI300 Index of the top
Shanghai and Shenzhen listings closed up 1.4 percent. The
Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.1 percent after touching
its lowest intra-day level since early 2009 in morning trade.
"There's some talk of some form of monetary policy easing.
It would be a surprise and also kind of odd to be cutting rates
at this time of the year since property prices are still
rising," said Hong Hao, chief strategist at Bank of
Communications International Securities.
But Hong said any rate cut would at best support a
short-term rally in the mainland markets, with money
supply-related issues weighing on the A-share market going into
the year's end.
More share offerings are due to hit the market at a time
when investor interest in stocks is already low as several
lock-ups expire and the securities regulator starts to review a
backlog of IPO applications.
On Wednesday, some premium alcohol, more commonly known as
baijiu, counters such as Kweichow Moutai and the
growth-sensitive energy sector led the reversal in the mainland
markets as bourse volumes picked up in afternoon trade.
Oil giants PetroChina and China Petroleum and
Chemical Corp (Sinopec) each ended up 0.6 and 1.5
percent and were the top index boosts. Top coal producer China
Shenhua Energy Co Ltd gained 1.5 percent.
Moutai was down 2.7 percent at midday, but ended up 1.3
percent on the day. The baijiu sector was earlier hit by local
Chinese news report that the Henan provincial food authority was
conducting more investigation into claims that Jiugui Liquor
had added more plasticizers to their products than
the industrial standard.
Jiugui's Shenzhen shares have been suspended since Monday,
when the allegations first emerged, but other sector peers have
suffered steep losses since. Wuliangye, which
suffered its worst day in eight months on Monday, ended
Wednesday down 0.7 percent.
In a sign of things to come, shares of baijiu distributor
Silver Base Group Holdings slumped 11.3 percent after
it warned in a filing with the Hong Kong Exchange late on
Tuesday that it expects to record a loss for the six months
ending September led by the economic slowdown and the low season
in the baijiu market in China.
CHINA MOBILE LEADS HONG KONG HIGHER
In Hong Kong, gains were led by shares of China Mobile
, the country's largest mobile operator and a popular
defensive play. China Mobile jumped 2.3 percent and was the top
boost to the Hang Seng Index.
Angang Steel soared 7.4 percent in Hong
Kong and 3.3 percent in Shenzhen after saying it will sell its
45 percent stake in Tianjin Angang Tiantie Cold Rolled Sheets Co
Ltd to the company's controlling stakeholder, Anshan Iron and
Steel Group for 1.18 billion yuan ($189 million).
China Resources Enterprises shed 2.1 percent after
posting at midday a smaller-than-expected 27 percent increase in
third-quarter net profit.