* HSI +0.57%, HSCE +0.66%
* Energy and tech firms lead gains
* Overnight U.S. stocks rebound boosts sentiment
BEIJING, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares closed higher
on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous session, helped
by energy and tech firms and a sharp rebound in U.S. stocks
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up
131.00 points, or 0.57%, at 23,102.33. The Hang Seng China
Enterprises index rose 0.66% to 8,195.23.
** Leading the gains, the sub-index of the Hang Seng
tracking energy shares rose 0.9% and the IT sector
** The three major indexes in the U.S. posted strong gains
overnight as risk appetite rises heading into year-end, despite
the surging number of Omicron COVID-19 variant cases around the
** China has the confidence, condition, and ability to keep
economic growth at a reasonable level, a senior state planning
official told the Xinhua News Agency.
** The property sector capped gains by dipping 0.46%
after recent sharp increases in the sector prompted some
developers, including Tahoe Group and Sichuan Languang
Development Co, to flag investment risks, citing poor
** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed down
0.07% at 3,622.62 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index
ended up 0.02%.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was firmer by 0.41%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed up 0.16%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.3723 per U.S. dollar
at 08:11 UTC, 0.01% weaker than the previous close of 6.3716.
(Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Shounak