SHANGHAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Chinese shares traded mixed on
Wednesday as weak factory and retail growth data weighed on
sentiment. Hong Kong stocks were dragged lower by tech and
casino gaming stocks.
The CSI300 index fell 0.4% to 4,899.96 at the end
of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index
gained 0.3% to 3,673.86.
The Hang Seng index dropped 1.0% to 25,259.66. The
Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.7% to 9,022.64.
** China's factory and retail sectors faltered in August,
with output and sales growth hitting one-year lows as fresh
coronavirus outbreaks and supply disruptions threatened the
country's economic recovery.
** The consumber staples sub-index and the tourism
sub-index shed 1.3% each as the country fights an
outbreak of COVID-19 in the southeast Fujian province and a city
there has imposed travel curbs and closed public venues.
** A sub-index tracking energy shares rose 2.6%
after oil prices climbed.
** In Hong Kong, tech stocks declined after state news
agency Xinhua said China will push for a more 'civilised'
internet by strengthening oversight over the likes of news
websites and online platforms.
** The Hang Seng Tech Index dropped 1.9%. Internet
giants Tencent Holdings, Alibaba Group, and
Meituan lost 2.8%, 2%, and 3.4%, respectively.
** Shares of Macau casino gaming companies listed in Hong
Kong tumbled as Macau kicked off public gaming consultation
ahead of casino rebidding.
** China CSI index tracking HK-listed gaming stocks
slumped 18%, with constituent Sands China Ltd
down 26.5%, the biggest daily decliner on the Hang
** Insurance giant AIA Group shed 2.2%, dragging
the city's benchmark down 47 points.
** The energy sub-index added 1.2% on strong oil
(Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; editing by Uttaresh.V)