HK stocks up by break as Britain prepares to vote

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HONG KONG: Shares headed for a fifth straight gain Thursday morning, hours before Britain starts voting in a knife-edge referendum on whether to stay in the European Union.

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The Hang Seng Index added 0.20 percent, or 41.33 points, to 20836.45 by the break.

But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gave up 0.83 percent, or 24.00 points, to 2,881.55, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, fell 0.83 percent, or 15.99 points, to 1,905.39. AFP

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