June 23, 2014 / 4:55 AM / 4 years ago

Hong Kong shares edge up on upbeat flash PMI, China tepid

* HSI +0.3 pct, H-shares +0.2 pct, CSI300 +0.1 pct

* Encouraging China flash PMI boosts HK, Shanghai nonplussed

* China medical devices sector rises on more govt support

* Great Wall Motor dips to one-month low after management changes (Updates to midday)

By Grace Li

HONG KONG, June 23 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares rose on Monday after a preliminary survey showed activity in China’s factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, offering new signs the economy is stabilising.

Shares in China ended a choppy morning session barely changed, however, as a liquidity squeeze resulting from new initial public offerings (IPOs) is not expected to improve before the end of the month.

The HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 50.8 in June from May’s final reading of 49.4, beating a Reuters poll forecast of 49.7 and creeping above the 50-point level that separates growth in activity from contraction.

It was the first time since December that the PMI was in growth territory, and the highest reading since November, when it was also 50.8.

By midday, the Hang Seng Index was up 0.3 percent at 23,262.39 points. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong added 0.2 percent.

In mainland China, the CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings inched up 0.1 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index was flat at 2,027.35 points. Both swung between negative and positive territory in morning trade.

“The market’s focus is still on the IPOs. The impact might linger for another one or two weeks,” said Wang Weijun, an analyst at Zheshang Securities in Shanghai.

“This week is almost the last trading week in June, so liquidity risks still exist,” Wang added.

The resumption of IPOs in the mainland has prompted investors to sell some of their existing holdings to raise cash for the new listings, contributing to the biggest weekly loss in almost two months for the two onshore indexes last week.

On Monday, two more companies - Yunnan Hongxiang Yixintang Pharmaceutical and liquor maker Jiangsu King’s Luck Brewery Joint-Stock - started to take subscriptions.

Shares of medical equipment companies were stronger after a China Industrial Economy News report said the medical devices sector has been included in the country’s strategic emerging industries.

Guangdong Biolight Meditech jumped almost 10 percent.

The Nasdaq-style ChiNext Composite Index of mostly high tech startups listed in Shenzhen advanced 2.2 percent, following Friday’s rise of 1.4 percent. The two days of gains helped recover losses from a 3.3 percent drop on Thursday.

In Hong Kong, Great Wall Motor slid 3.7 percent to its lowest since May 20, after mainland media reported on its changes of several management posts during the weekend.

The carmaker’s shares are now down more than 30 percent on the year to date, compared to the 3.7 percent fall on the H-share index, hit by slowing sales and a delay of the launch of its new model. (Editing by Kim Coghill)

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