* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 0.7%, Shanghai->HK
quota used 4.7%
* HSI +0.6%, HSCE +0.6%, CSI300 -0.8%
* FTSE China A50 -0.5%
Oct 19 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks closed higher on Monday,
aided by heavyweight financial and utilities firms, but China's
weaker-than-expected GDP data kept gains in check.
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up
155.47 points or 0.64% at 24,542.26. The Hang Seng China
Enterprises index rose 0.64% to 9,978.16. HSI and HSCE
had gained 1.6% and 1.9% in early morning trade before China's
** The top gainer on the Hang Seng was Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China Ltd, which gained 3.62%,
while the biggest loser was Xiaomi Corp, which fell
** The Hang Seng financials index led gains, rising
1.2%, while the Hang Seng utilities index rose 1.8%.
** China's GDP grew 4.9% in July-September from a year
earlier, official data showed, slower than the median 5.2%
forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.
** Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9% in July-September
from a year earlier, data showed, slower than the 5.2% forecast
by analysts in a Reuters poll but faster than the second
quarter's 3.2% growth.
** "China's economy remains on the recovery path, driven by
a rebound in exports. Consumer spending is also headed in the
right direction, but we cannot say it has completely shaken off
the drag caused by the coronavirus," said Yoshikiyo Shimamine,
chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo.
** Shares of Sun Art Retail Group Ltd surged 19%,
after Alibaba Group Holdings said it would
invest $3.6 billion to boost its stake in the company.
** MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index was
firmer by 0.22%, while Japan's Nikkei index closed up
** The yuan was quoted at 6.6981 per U.S. dollar
at 0815 GMT, 0.01% firmer than the previous close of 6.699.
** At close, China's A-shares were trading at a premium of
46.65% over Hong Kong-listed H-shares.
(Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom)