Nov 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks ended higher for a third
straight session on Wednesday, with the automotive sector
leading gains, as investors continued to cheer news of COVID-19
** Moderna Inc said this week its experimental vaccine
was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data
from a late-stage clinical trial, becoming the second U.S.
company in a week to report results that far exceeded
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up
129.20 points, or 0.49%, at 26,544.29, while the Hang Seng China
Enterprises index rose 0.85% to 10,640.05.
** The automotive sector was the top gainer in the market, led
by Geely Automobile Holdings, which rose as much as
8.8% to its highest level since June 2018, before closing 6.9%
** German car maker Daimler said on Tuesday it would
cooperate with China's Geely to build next-generation combustion
engines for use in hybrid vehicles.
** The biggest loser on the Hang Seng was WuXi Biologics
(Cayman) Inc, which fell 1.92%.
** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed up 0.22%
at 3,347.30 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index
ended down 0.06%.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.09%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed down 1.1%.
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by