China, Hong Kong stocks pull back after rally; NPC meeting in focus

martes 23 de febrero de 2016 00:54 GYT

* CSI300 -1.3 pct; SSEC -1.3 pct; HSI -0.5 pct

* Focus on policies to reduce capacity, ease liquidity - analyst

* Resource shares in China, Hong Kong outperform market

SHANGHAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - China stocks sagged on Tuesday morning as investors took profit from a 2 percent jump the day before, but some analysts expect market enthusiasm to continue ahead of an annual meeting by China's top legislature that starts next weekend.

By the lunch break, both the blue-chip CSI300 index and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.3 percent, to 3,079.10 points and 2,890.29 points, respectively.

Hong Kong stocks tracked mainland markets lower, with the benchmark Hang Seng Index declining 0.5 percent, and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index falling 0.9 percent.

Despite the correction, some analysts say China's four-week market rebound, which saw main indexes bounce roughly 10 percent from their late January low, will likely continue, replicating a typical trading pattern ahead of the gathering of China's National People's Congress (NPC) which starts on March 5.

China's top leaders pledged on Monday to keep economic growth within a reasonable range this year, although the statement was general and broad.

"This time, the spotlight will be on policies to further reduce capacity as part of the government's supply-side reforms," said Yang Hai, strategist at Haiyuan Securities.   Continuación...