* SSEC +0.3%, CSI300 +0.3%, HSI -0.2%
* FTSE China A50 +0.2%
* China considering more RRR cuts to lower financing costs - Premier Li
SHANGHAI, Dec 24 (Reuters) - China stocks inched higher on Tuesday after Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing would consider taking more measures to lower financing costs for smaller companies.
** The CSI300 index rose by 0.3%, to 3,979.88, at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3%, to 2,970.19.
** Li said the measures included broad-based and “targeted” cuts in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), relending and rediscounting.
** Chinese government bond futures edged up in early trade after Li’s remarks.
** In Hong Kong, stocks slipped in the half day Christmas Eve session.
** The Hang Seng index dropped 0.2%, to 27,864.10, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.1%, to 11,042.49.
** Hong Kong markets will resume trading on Friday, Dec. 27.
** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 0.08%, while Japan’s Nikkei index was down 0.05%.
** The yuan was quoted at 7.0104 per U.S. dollar, 0.03% firmer than the previous close of 7.0125.
** As of 04:04 GMT, China’s A-shares were trading at a premium of 25.26% over the Hong Kong-listed H-shares. (Reporting by Luoyan Liu and Brenda Goh; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)