Hong Kong, China shares tumble on worry US might hike rates next week
* SSEC -2.1 pct; CSI300 -2.1 pct; HSI -2.8 pct
* Shifting U.S. rate expectations to trigger volatility -analyst
* Chinese currency faces depreciation pressure
SHANGHAI, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Hong Kong and China stock markets tumbled over 2 percent on Monday morning, tracking a sharp retreat in global markets as growing concerns of a possible U.S. rate hike next week pushed up bond yields and put renewed depreciation pressure on the Chinese currency.
The Hang Seng index dropped 2.8 percent, to 23,419.37 points by the lunch break, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 3.7 percent, to 9,686.56.
Aided by continuous Chinese money inflows, the Hong Kong market had gained over 30 percent since its February low, making a correction natural, some analysts said.
"Shifting US interest rate expectation will trigger volatility in funding costs, bond prices and the RMB. And volatility can spill," Hong Hao, chief strategist at BOCOM International wrote on Monday.
"Long-term investors should pause for better allocation opportunities ahead in Hong Kong."
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