Hong Kong shares plunge on Brexit fears; China stocks slip

viernes 24 de junio de 2016 01:01 GYT

* HSI: -4.7 pct; CSI300: -1.0 pct; SSEC: -1.2 pct;

* Hong Kong tumble led by financials, HSBC slumps

* Brexit impact on China less than on Hong Kong

SHANGHAI, June 24 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks tumbled nearly 5 percent on Friday morning, joining global market turmoil as partial returns showed Britain was voting to leave the European Union.

China shares, which are less vulnerable to world market volatility, fell over 1 percent, although some traders warn the market has not fully priced-in the impact of a Brexit.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index tumbled 4.7 percent, to 19,894.12 points, the lowest level in a month. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index dropped 4.6 percent, to 8,382.86.

In China, the blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.0 percent while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.2 percent.

As Brexit appeared increasingly likely, Charles Wang, chairman of Appleridge Capital Management Co., said it "is not necessarily a bad thing for Britain in the long term ... but in the short term, its impact on global markets could be even bigger than the European debt crisis."

Wang, who invests in both Hong Kong and mainland stocks, said he has over the past few days liquidated all his equity positions, and has been increasing investment in gold.   Continuación...