HONG KONG Jan 4 Hong Kong shares could end a
two-day rally on Friday, tracking Wall Street weakness after
signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve has growing concerns about
its stimulative monetary policy.
Any losses could be limited if mainland China markets reopen
strongly on Friday, trading for the first day in 2013 after a
three-day New Year holiday.
On Thursday, the Hang Seng Index ended up 0.4 percent
at 23,398.6, its highest since June 1, 2011. The China
Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong
Kong added 0.8 percent, reaching another peak since August 2011.
On the week, the indexes are up 3.2 and 5.5 percent,
respectively. The H-share index's relative strength index (RSI)
value suggests that it is now at its most overbought since
Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei is up 3 percent in
its first trading session for the year, while South Korea's
KOSPI is down 0.4 percent at 0042 GMT.
FACTORS TO WATCH:
* Consolidation of Austria's cutthroat telecom market moved
ahead on Thursday when Hutchison Whampoa Ltd completed
its 1.3 billion euro ($1.7 billion) takeover of Orange Austria,
making it the country's third-biggest mobile operator.
* Hong Kong's Li & Fung Group agreed to acquire a
majority stake in South Korean children's apparel maker Suhyang
Networks for roughly 200 billion won ($188 million), a South
Korean newspaper reported on Thursday.
* Hong Kong November 2012 retail sales rose 9.5 percent from
a year earlier.
* Bestway International Holdings Ltd has cancelled
part of its mining area in Mongolia due to the implementation of
* Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd
has issued $500 million in senior notes due 2020
bearing an interest rate of 10.25 percent per annum.
* Chinese property developer Country Garden has
issued $750 million senior notes due 2023 with an interest rate
of 7.5 percent per annum.(Reporting by Clement Tan and Lee Chyen Yee; Editing by Matt