BEIJING May 14 Hong Kong shares hit a
three-week high on Wednesday, as property and banking stocks
continued to rise after China's central bank urged mainland
lenders to speed up the granting of home loans.
The Hang Seng Index ended up 1.0 percent at 22,582.77
points, its highest close since April 22. The China Enterprises
Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong
Kong was up 1.4 percent.
China's central bank asked commercial banks on Monday to
speed up the granting of home loans and to set mortgage rates at
reasonable levels, in a bid to stabilise the mainland's
increasingly wobbly housing market.
China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd jumped 4.1
percent and China Resources Land Ltd gained 6.0
percent. The Hang Seng property index was up 1.8
Chinese bank shares also rose, with Bank of China Ltd
up 1.8 percent, and Industrial & Commercial Bank of
China Ltd 2.1 percent.
(Reporting by Natalie Thomas; Editing by Richard Borsuk)