Gains by casinos pare losses for Hong Kong shares, China stocks flat

viernes 26 de septiembre de 2014 01:01 GYT

* HSI -0.5 pct, H-shares -0.4 pct, CSI300 -0.1 pct

* Consumer staple sector leads Hang Seng slide

* Turnover lackluster before quarter-end, holiday next week (Updates to midday)

By Grace Li

HONG KONG, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main share index opened down on Friday following New York's fall, but losses were pared by rebounding casinos, while mainland markets were tepid.

At midday, the Hang Seng Index was down 0.5 percent at 23,658.97 points, recovering from being off 0.9 percent in early trading. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was off 0.4 percent.

Both appeared headed for their third straight weekly loss, as they were down 2.7 and 1.8 percent, respectively, at midday.

The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings inched 0.1 percent lower, while the Shanghai Composite Index was little changed at 2,345.88 points. They were up 0.4 and 0.7 percent on the week, respectively.

Trading volumes in both China and Hong Kong were light ahead of the quarter-end and holidays next week. Markets in the mainland will shut Oct. 1-7 for National Day holidays, while Hong Kong will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.   Continuación...