Hong Kong shares close up; telecom shares climb on merger rumours

jueves 12 de febrero de 2015 04:06 GYT

HONG KONG Feb 12 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares finished higher on Thursday as telecommunication shares jumped on speculation of industry consolidation.

Shares of China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd and China Telecom Corp Ltd surged more than 5 percent at one point on rumours that they would merge, but both stocks gave up some of their gains after China's telecoms regulator denied the speculation.

The Hang Seng index rose 0.4 percent to 24,422.15 points, while the China Enterprises Index gained 1.1 percent, to 11,783.61.

Total trading volume of companies included in the HSI index was 1.5 billion shares.

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