HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares are set to ease 0.22 percent in opening trade on Monday after the index hit new highs for the year last week, and before gathering momentum for the week ahead.
Sentiment had cooled a bit, and the market may start looking for a new focus after banks and Chinese stocks, which were anticipated to be among the first to benefit from an expected recovery, had risen on ample liquidity.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index .HSI was set to open down 48.51 points at 21,574.94.
The China Enterprises Index .HSCE, which represents top locally listed mainland Chinese stocks, edged down 0.5 percent to 12,551.49. (Reporting by Nerilyn Tenorio; Editing by Chris Lewis)