HONG KONG May 19 Hong Kong H-shares finished
lower on Monday, as Chinese bank stocks slide in line with those
on the mainland in the wake of stiffer regulation of interbank
lending and weak economic data.
The Hang Seng Index closed flat at 22,704.50. The
China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese
listings in Hong Kong was off 0.4 percent.
Helping the Hang Seng were non-Chinese financials. HSBC
Holdings as up 0.8 percent.
Weakness in consumer staples was a drag on Hong Kong's main
index, with Belle International Holdings Ltd down 3.2
Want Want China Holdings Ltd was down another 1.3
percent after shedding 6.4 percent on Friday, while
food-and-beverage competitor Tingyi gained 0.5 percent
after it reported a 22.4 percent rise in first-quarter net
China Travel International Investment Hong Kong Ltd
shed 1.9 percent after its chairman was put under
investigation as part of a corruption probe.
(Reporting by Grace Li; Editing by Richard Borsuk)