China stocks fall, Hong Kong flat as investors brace for Brexit vote

jueves 23 de junio de 2016 00:40 GYT

* CSI300 -0.9 pct; SSEC -0.8 pct; HSI: +0.2 pct

* Many investors on sidelines, British vote on EU to close to call

* China steelmakers fall as EU may consider new trade sanctions

SHANGHAI, June 23 (Reuters) - China stocks fell nearly 1 percent on Thursday, while Hong Kong shares were little changed, as investors braced for Britain's vote on whether to leave the European Union.

China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.9 percent to 3,105.81 points by the lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8 percent to 2,881.55 points.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 0.2 percent, but the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.1 percent.

Trading was thin in both markets as investors took to the sidelines awaiting Thursday's referendum. Results will begin emerging early on Friday morning in Asia, with most expected between 0100 and 0300 GMT.

Most opinion polls put the "Leave" and "Remain" camps neck-and-neck.

Apart from roiling global financial markets, some analysts believe a Brexit could tip the UK, Europe and possibly the global economy into recession.   Continuación...