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HONG KONG, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Shares of Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp jumped more than 5 percent on Thursday morning after the company posted a record first-half net profit thanks to improving margins and revenue from new contracts to build China's next-generation telecom network.
The Shenzhen-based company's first-half net profit rose 263 percent year-on-year to 1.13 billion yuan ($184 million), up from 310 million yuan a year earlier.
Shares in the company rose as much as 5 percent on Thursday morning, outperforming a 0.2 percent fall in the benchmark Hang Seng Index. (Reporting By Yimou Lee; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree)