HONG KONG, April 18 Hong Kong shares extended
losses into a fifth day on Thursday, with weakness in
commodities-related counters and Apple Inc suppliers outweighing
strength in Chinese property developers.
The Hang Seng Index closed down 0.3 percent at
21,512.5, its fifth-straight daily loss. The China Enterprises
Index of the leading Chinese listings in Hong Kong also
shed 0.3 percent.
The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen
A-share listings finished a choppy day up 0.3 percent at
2,464.9. The Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.2
* Apple Inc suppliers fell after the U.S. tech
giant's shares fell below $400 for the first time since December
2011. One of Apple's chip supplier's disappointing revenue
forecast fanned fears about weakening demand for the iPhone and
iPad as competition intensifies. AAC Tech slid 3.4
* Chinese property developers climbed after official data
showed average new home prices across China climbed 3.6 percent
last month, after a year-on-year increase of 2.1 percent in
February, according to Reuters calculations from data released
by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Thursday.
* Stocks of commodity producers were again weaker after
London copper fell as much as 4 percent to below $7,000 a tonne
for the first time since October 2011, sending Shanghai copper