China stocks rise for second day, buoyed by energy; Hong Kong up
* CSI300 +0.3 pct; SSEC +0.3 pct; HSI +0.9 pct
* Energy stocks +0.7 pct, merger announced
By Sue-Lin Wong
SHANGHAI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - China shares rose for a second day on Wednesday, pushed up by energy stocks after Chinese nuclear power firms announced plans to merge in a bid to boost offshore clout.
Shanghai Electric Power Corp Ltd said its parent company, China Power Investment Corp, had received approval to start work on a merger with State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC).
Shanghai Electric Power Corp Ltd shares jumped 7.7 percent and the energy sub-index was up 0.7 percent.
The CSI300 index rose 0.3 percent, to 3,447.92 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,212.92 points.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 0.9 percent, to 24,763.04 points. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 1.0 percent, to 11,890.42.
The financial sub-index rose 0.3 percent while banks dropped 0.3 percent. Continuación...