* * Hang Seng index ends up 1.32%
* * China Enterprises index HSCE rises 0.54%
* * HSI financial sub-index rises 1.8%; property up 0.4%
HONG KONG, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng
index closed higher on Monday, tracking strength in overseas
markets fuelled by upbeat White House reports of U.S. President
Donald Trump's health.
** The Hang Seng index ended 308.73 points higher, or
1.32%, at 23,767.78, posting its sharpest rise since Aug. 24.
** China's H-shares index also closed higher, up for
a second straight session, rising 0.54% to 9,447.99.
** The sub-index of Hang Seng tracking the financial sector
ended 1.8% higher, the IT sector rose 1.85%,
the property sector climbed 0.41%, and Hang Seng Tech Index
gained 0.06%. The energy index fell 1.19%.
** China Life Insurance Co Ltd, which gained
4.73%, was the top gainer on the Hang Seng, while Geely
Automobile Holdings Ltd, down 4.42%, was the top drag
** Chinese markets are closed for a national holiday from
Oct. 1 to Oct. 8.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.42%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed up 1.23%.
** The top gainers among H-shares were ANTA Sports Products
Ltd, up 5.31%, followed by China Life Insurance and
China Gas Holdings Ltd, which rose 2.95%
** The three biggest H-shares percentage decliners were
Geely Automobile, followed by Sunny Optical Technology Group Co
Ltd, which fell 2.37%, and China Minsheng Banking Corp
Ltd, down 1.72%.
(Reporting by Donny Kwok; editing by Uttaresh.V)