China, Hong Kong stocks drop on weak China trade data, lower oil prices
* CSI300 -1.2 pct; SSEC -1.3 pct; HSI -1.7 pct
* China trade performance remains weak in November
* Airline shares rise on lower oil prices
SHANGHAI, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China and Hong Kong stocks ended Tuesday morning sharply lower, as disappointing China trade data and slumping oil prices unnerved investors already cautious ahead of an anticipated U.S. rate hike next week that could trigger more capital outflows.
China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.2 percent, to 3,642.32 points by lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.3 percent, to 3,489.88 points.
In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index dropped 1.7 percent, to 21,829.13 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 2.3 percent.
"A confluence of bad news has deepened market pessimism," said Alex Kwok, chief analyst and head of research at China Investment Securities (HK).
"Many investors stand on the sidelines, with little intention to go into the market."
Data showed on Tuesday that China's exports fell by a more-than-expected 6.8 percent in November from a year earlier, their fifth straight month of decline. Continuación...