* Hang Seng index ends up 1.48%
* China Enterprises index HSCE rises 1.32%
* HSI financial sector sub-index is 1% higher
SHANGHAI, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's main Hang Seng
index finished higher on Friday after strong corporate earnings
boosted U.S. shares, but investors were awaiting Chinese
third-quarter economic data due Monday for clues to policy
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up
368.37 points, or 1.48%, at 25,330.96 after a two-day hiatus due
to a typhoon and a public holiday. The Hang Seng China
Enterprises index rose 1.32% to 8,966.17.
** The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares
dipped 1.2%, while the IT sector rose 2.36%,
the financial sector ended 0.95% higher and the property
sector rose 0.47%.
** The top gainer on the Hang Seng was Geely Automobile Holdings
Ltd, which gained 7.96%, while the biggest loser was
CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd, which fell 3.89%.
** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed 0.4%
higher at 3,572.37 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index
ended 0.38% up.
** China's central bank rolled over maturing medium-term loans
on Friday and kept their interest rates unchanged, as investors
continue to speculate policymakers might need to ease monetary
settings to support the economy amid risks from stagflation.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was firmer by 1.25%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed up 1.81%.
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Krishna Chandra