HONG KONG, June 17 Hong Kong shares finished
lower on Tuesday, dragged down by underperforming financial
companies and a weaker Macau gaming sector.
The Hang Seng Index closed down 0.4 percent at
23,203.59 points. The China Enterprises Index of the
leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong slumped 0.5
Asia insurer giant AIA Group shed 1.4 percent,
while HSBC Holdings slipped 0.4 percent.
Macau casino shares extended a decline which began in
mid-March on fears of weaker growth prospects, with Wynn Macau
down 2.4 percent and MGM China Holdings off
The world's gambling capital said late on Monday it would
shorten the permitted transit time stay for Chinese tourists to
five days from the current seven days from July 1.
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, the world's largest
jewellery retailer, rose 1.3 percent to a 7-week high before its
full-year earnings due later on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Grace Li; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)