HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares of HSBC Holdings Plc 0005.HK fell in early afternoon trading after the bank reported flat 2015 earnings that were short of analysts' expectations.
Hong Kong-traded shares were down as much as 0.7 percent, reversing gains of 2 percent earlier in the session.
The bank reported profit before tax of $18.87 billion for 2015 against $18.7 billion the year before, below the average analysts’ estimate of $21.8 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Miral Fahmy
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