* SSEC 0.1 pct, CSI300 0.3 pct, HSI -1.3 pct
* Caixin PMI offers fresh signs of nascent economic recovery
* China market may rebound after holiday on improving
SHANGHAI, Sept 30 China stocks were firm on
Friday, with sentiment aided by signs of a nascent economic
recovery, the yuan's imminent inclusion in the Special Drawing
Rights (SDR) basket, and expectations that short-term liquidity
will improve after China's week-long National Day holiday.
But Hong Kong shares fell more than 1 percent, tracking
weakness in most Asian markets and overnight losses on the Wall
China's blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.3 percent,
to 3,254.55 points by lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite
Index gained 0.1 percent, to 3,002.81 points.
The Caixin/Markit PMI index rose to 50.1, showing China's
factory activity expanded in September as domestic and export
orders picked up, adding to evidence that China's economy is
improving, albeit slowly.
"This suggests that the positive momentum seen in the
activity and inflation data over the past few months will likely
be sustained," wrote Julia Wang, HSBC's Greater China economist.
Wang expected growth to remain supported by fiscal expansion
in the second half, while overall monetary policy would likely
Although trading turnover remains thin ahead of the holiday,
which will keep the market suspended all next week, some
investors are betting on a post-holiday rebound because of
forthcoming developments which are seen as positive.
The Chinese currency will officially enter the International
Monetary Fund's SDR reserve basket on Oct. 1, potentially easing
fears of yuan depreciation, while China's fresh crackdown on
property speculation in second- and third-tier cities may direct
some money back to the stock market, traders said.
"Looking ahead, we believe several forces suppressing the
stock market recently would be weakened after the holiday, and a
rebound is possible," JT Asset Management wrote.
"With the yuan's SDR inclusion, depreciation pressure on the
yuan would be reduced temporarily, thus greatly diminishing the
distraction from currency market fluctuations."
The asset manager added that with more curbs on home
purchases, "the property market is expected to cool down, which
is good for liquidity conditions in the stock market".
Most sectors rose, with property and consumer
stocks leading the gains.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index dropped 1.3
percent, to 23,438.07 points, while the Hong Kong China
Enterprises Index lost 1.2 percent, to 9,678.80.
Most sectors fell but energy stocks remained firm
following the previous session's surge on higher oil prices.
(Reporting by Samuel Shen and John Ruwitch; Editing by Eric