* HSI +0.1%, HSCE -0.43%
* Tencent hits all-time high after Xi's comments
* Evergrande sinks on slimmed-down share sale
BEIJING, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares recovered lost
ground to close higher on Wednesday, as tech stocks climbed
after Chinese President Xi Jinping's Shenzhen speech emphasized
on property rights and protection for entrepreneurs, lifting
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up
17.41 points or 0.07% at 24,667.09. The Hang Seng China
Enterprises index rose 0.43% to 9,920.77.
** The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares
dropped 2.8%, while the IT sector rose 1.91%,
the financial sector ended 0.27% lower and the property
sector dipped 0.96%.
** Heavyweight stock Tencent Holdings Ltd, a
Shenzhen-based tech giant, hit an all-time high and closed up
3.1% after Xi's speech.
** Shenzhen will strengthen property rights and protection of
entrepreneurs, Xi said on Wednesday in a speech to mark the
establishment of the country's first economic zone in the
southern city four decades earlier, promising the city
government will get more leeway to pursue reforms.
** Shares in China Evergrande Group fell 17% after the
country's most indebted property developer trimmed its share
sale to shore up its balance sheet under the government's new
** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed down
0.56% at 3,340.78 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index
ended 0.66% weaker.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was firmer by 0.1%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed 0.11% higher.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.7409 per U.S. dollar at
0814 GMT, 0.06% firmer than the previous close of 6.745.
(Reporting by Zhang Yan in Beijing, and Andrew Galbraith in
Shanghai, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)