Shanghai shares ease off 4-year intraday peak, HK gains
* SSE -0.5 pct, CSI300 -0.9 pct, HSI +1.3 pct, HSCE +0.6 pct
* China financials down, transport sector soars on oil
* Hong Kong positive on Fed "patient" stance on rates
BEIJING, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Shanghai shares retreated from their highest intraday level in four years on Friday, while Hong Kong stocks rallied for a second day on positive global sentiment.
During morning trading, the Shanghai Composite Index hit 3,093.34, its highest point since November 2010 boosted by gains in China shipping stocks on slumping oil prices. But falls in financials and manufacturing later erased the gains.
The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.5 percent, to 3,042.77 points, while the CSI300 index fell 0.9 percent, to 3,317.39 points at the end of the morning session.
A raft of upcoming new listings have sapped interest in existing shares and regulatory criticism of margin trading practices appears to have continued to drag on financials.
But transportation stocks stayed in the spotlight, gaining from weak oil prices. China COSCO <601919.SS., China Shipping Development, China Shipping Container Lines and China Merchants Energy Shipping jumped by their 10 pct daily limit in Shanghai.
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