HONG KONG, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Hong Kong Monetary
Authority sold HK$5.425 billion ($700 million) into the market
in New York trading hours after the local currency hit the
strong end of its trading band, according to data released by
The aggregate balance - the key gauge of cash in the banking
system - will increase by HK$8.138 billion, including HK$2.713
billion sold in Hong Kong trading hours, to HK$372.855 billion
on Oct. 23, an HKMA spokesman said early on Thursday.
The Hong Kong dollar is pegged in a narrow range of
7.75-7.85 to the U.S. dollar.
The HKMA has been conducting sales in recent sessions to
weaken the currency to keep it within that trading band.
($1 = 7.7500 Hong Kong dollars)
(Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Kim Coghill)