Hong Kong stocks fall, China Telecom drops on probe    

HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares dipped at the open on Monday in thin trade, while Chinese mainland stocks eked out gains after lawmakers agreed to start overhauling how companies list.

Financial markets in the US and Europe are closed on Monday for the Christmas holiday. Chinese shares rose slightly, however, after lawmakers approved reforms to the system for initial public offerings, dealers said.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.22 percent, or 7.86 points, to 3,635.77.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, gained 0.35 percent, or 8.24 points, to 2,367.97.



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