* Shanghai stocks +0.22%, blue-chip CSI300 index +0.18%
* Stocks turn higher in afternoon session, financials lead
* NEV firms continue to slump on government probe into
SHANGHAI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - China's main stock indexes
ended higher on Thursday, rebounding from two days of losses as
gains in financial and consumer shares offset drops in health
care, tech and new energy vehicle firms.
** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up
0.22% at 3,369.73.
** The blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.18%, with its
financial sector sub-index higher by 1.14%, the
consumer staples sector up 0.3% and the healthcare
sub-index down 0.46%.
** Industrial firms turned higher in the afternoon
** "Although there has been a marginal weakening of production
activity since mid-November, many indexes including
transactions, prices and inventories reflect terminal demand
remains relatively strong," analysts at Huatai Securities said
in a note.
** The new energy vehicle (NEV) sub-index fell
1.79%, on top of a 2.16% drop a day earlier on news that China's
state planner has told local governments to investigate NEV
projects linked to property developers Evergrande Group
and Shenzhen Baoneng.
** The NEV sub-index remains up more than 64% in the year to
** The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.44% and the
start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was 0.57% weaker, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed up 0.91%.
** At 07:06 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.5683 per
U.S. dollar, 0.18% firmer than the previous close of 6.58.
** So far this year, the Shanghai stock index is up 10.5% and
the CSI300 has risen 20.1%, while China's H-share index listed
in Hong Kong is down 4.4%. Shanghai stocks have risen 4.5% this
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith)