October 3, 2018 / 5:10 AM / 19 days ago

Hong Kong shares extend fall, following losses in Asia

* HSI down 0.5 pct

* H-share index lost 0.2 pct

* CSPC Pharma, worst performer, down 2.3 pct

By Noah Sin

HONG KONG, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks fell for a second day on Wednesday, tracking softer overseas markets, with participants staying on the sidelines looking for hints on policy direction from China, which is closed for holiday this week.

** The Hang Seng Index was down 0.52 percent at 26,985.84, while Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong fell 0.23 percent to 10,730. ** The markets in Mainland China have taken a hammering this year as investors fretted the trade dispute could put a significant dent on growth.

** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 0.31 percent while Japan’s Nikkei index was down 0.95 percent. ** Top three H-shares percentage decliners were CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd, which has fallen 2.32 percent, Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd, which has lost 2.26 percent, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp , down by 2.23 percent. ** Top gainers among H-shares were China Gas Holdings Ltd , up 2.97 percent, followed by CRRC Corp Ltd, gaining 2.44 percent and Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd, up by 2.03 percent. ** The sub-index of the Hang Seng index tracking energy shares dipped 1.04 percent while the IT sector fell 0.84 percent. The top percentage gainer on Hang Seng was Swire Pacific Ltd, up 3.74 percent, while the biggest percentage loser was AIA Group Ltd, which was down 2.44 percent.

Reporting by Noah Sin; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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