China, Hong Kong stocks fall as yuan devaluation fears linger
* CSI300 -1.0 pct; SSEC -1.5 pct; HSI -0.1 pct
* Yuan falls against the dollar, traders see downward pressure
* Sentiment weak with no positive catalyst seen - analyst
HONG KONG, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Shares in China and Hong Kong fell on Tuesday as the yuan eased against the dollar, reigniting fears that Beijing may be intent on a deeper devaluation of the currency despite the central bank's comments that it sees no reason for a further slide.
The CSI300 index fell 1 percent to 4,038.26 points by the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.5 percent to 3,935.33 points.
"Anticipation of further devaluation discouraged investors from holding yuan-denominated assets," said Alex Wong, a director at Ample Finance Group in Hong Kong.
"We see no positive catalyst that can boost the market in the medium run. Investors are not keen to enter the market when they see very limited upside potential," Wong added.
China CSI300 stock index futures for August fell 0.6 percent, to 3,964, 74.26 points below the current value of the underlying index.
The yuan fell against the dollar on Tuesday despite a slightly stronger midpoint set by the central bank, and traders expect the currency to remain under downward pressure as the economy struggles. Continuación...