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Hong Kong shares close up 1 pct as yuan stabilises

14 Jan 2016, 9:41:44 AM

Jan 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks ended more than 1 percent higher on Wednesday as the yuan stabilised, but the main indexes pared some gains after China stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trade.

The Hang Seng index rose 1.1 percent, to 19,934.88, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.7 percent, to 8,494.49 points.

China's central bank has held the yuan's daily midpoint steady in the past few days and used state banks to soak up liquidity in Hong Kong which has made it prohibitively expensive to bet against the yuan offshore.

Beijing's intervention helped ease fears of sustained yuan depreciation and helped bolster stocks.

All main sectors rose in Hong Kong, with energy and telecommunications shares among the biggest gainers.

Shares of lifestyle magazines publisher One Media Group Ltd surged 19 percent as trade resumed after a controlling shareholder said it was in talks to sell control of the company. (Reportin by Samuel Shen and Pete Sweeney; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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