HONG KONG, July 3 Hong Kong's benchmark index
slipped on Thursday but stayed close to a near seven-month peak
as some investors took profit on strong gains the previous day.
The Hang Seng Index inched down 0.1 percent at
23,531.44 points. The China Enterprises Index of the
leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 0.1
Leading gains among H-shares was Anhui Conch Cement
, which jumped 5.6 percent. The biggest cement producer
in China said late on Wednesday it expected H1 net profit to be
up about 90 percent from a year earlier on increased product
sales and prices.
The top drag on the Hang Seng was Asia insurance giant AIA
Group, which slid 0.9 percent following a 2.4 percent
gain on Wednesday. Want Want China Holdings shed 3.4
percent, after closing on Wednesday at its highest since May 15.
Internet giant Tencent Holdings added 1.6 percent
to a 4-month high.
Some investors were cautious ahead of U.S. non-farm payroll
data later on Thursday, a day before the usual release as U.S.
markets close Friday for Independence Day.
(Reporting by Grace Li; Editing by Richard Borsuk)