HONG KONG, April 5 Hong Kong shares could start
higher on Friday as markets reopen following a public holiday,
bolstered by the Bank of Japan's unprecedented monetary
Mainland China financial markets stay shut on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Hang Seng Index closed down 0.1
percent at 22,337.5, its second loss in three days. The China
Enterprises Index of the leading Chinese listings in
Hong Kong shed 0.5 percent.
Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei was up 3.6
percent, while South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.8 percent
at 0044 GMT.
FACTORS TO WATCH:
* The mystery lender behind a Thai billionaire's $9.4
billion purchase of a stake in Ping An Insurance was
UBS, which offered a last-minute and complex financing package
known to only a few involved, people with knowledge of the
matter told Reuters.
* China Mobile, Vodafone and a group
backed by George Soros entered the race to secure a mobile
licence in Myanmar, as the battle to operate in one of the last
major untapped markets kicked off.
* Shares in Telecom Italia surged after reports
the debt-laden Italian telecoms company could discuss merging
with Hutchison Whampoa's Italian wireless unit H3G at
next week's board meeting.
* Boeing Co said on Thursday it delivered 137
commercial aircraft in the first quarter, and won net orders for
209 planes in the same period, after cancellations are factored
in. Boeing's weekly order update showed gross orders for 220
planes, including eight 777 jets valued at about $300 million
apiece at list prices, and three 747s valued at about $350
million each, for Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.
* Shimao Property Holdings Ltd said its contracted
sales value for March amounted to 6.35 billion yuan, up from
4.32 billion yuan the same period a year ago.
* Next Media Ltd said Fair Trade Commission of
Taiwan has ceased its review regarding sale of the group's print
business in Taiwan, but it is in negotiation with independent
third parties in relation to a possible sale of its TV business.(Reporting by Clement Tan and Donny Kwok; Editing by Eric