* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 11.8%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 3.5%
* FTSE China A50 +0.8%
SHANGHAI, July 3 (Reuters) - China stocks rose for a fourth straight session on Friday, on course for its best week since March last year, as an upbeat survey showed expansion in the country’s services sector.
** The Shanghai Composite index was up 1.04% at 3,122.56 by the midday break, after having hit a 14-month high during the session. The blue-chip CSI300 was up 0.78%.
** For the week so far, the SSEC gained 4.8% and the CSI300 5.4%. The blue-chip index is set for its best week since the week of March 1, 2019.
** China’s services sector expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade in June as the easing of coronavirus-related lockdown measures revised consumer demand, a private survey showed on Friday, though companies continued to shed jobs.
** Investors are also turning to traditional heavyweights with lower valuations than growth stocks, including coal, nonferrous metals, insurance and real estate companies, China Central Securities’ analyst Zhang Gang said.
** Securities shares surged as trading activity jumped and the media reported of a merger deal between leading players.
** The CSI SWS securities index rallied 2.3% and are up 11.4% this week so far.
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 1.35% to 10,193.13, while the Hang Seng Index was up 0.84% at 25,336.08.
** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.66% while Japan’s Nikkei index was up 0.21%.
** The yuan traded flat at 7.0658 per U.S. dollar.
** As of 0423 GMT, China’s A-shares were trading at a premium of 31.21% over the Hong Kong-listed H-shares. (Reporting by Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith; editing by Uttaresh.V)