SHANGHAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) - China's main Shanghai stock
index edged higher on Thursday but consumer firms weighed on
blue chips amid concerns over a resurgence in COVID-19 cases,
while weakness in Chinese tech firms dragged Hong Kong's Hang
** At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was
up 0.28% at 3,657.85, with energy firms providing support.
** China's blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.07%, with
a 4.69% gain in energy shares offset by losses in
sectors such as consumer staples, down 1.92% and
non-ferrous metals, down 2.35%.
** An index tracking the coal sector surged 6.34%
amid a government crackdown on illegal mining that has lifted
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong fell 1.11% to
8,250.55, while the Hang Seng Index was down 0.81%
** The three biggest H-shares percentage decliners were JD.Com
Inc, down 4.88%, Shenzhou International Group Holdings
Ltd, trading 4.26% lower, and Meituan,
** The sub-index of the Hang Seng index tracking the IT sector
** The smaller Shenzhen index was up 0.06%, the start-up
board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 0.3% and
Shanghai's tech-focused STAR50 index was down 0.22%.
** A-shares of Chinese companies that were reported on Wednesday
to be on the verge of being added to U.S. investment and export
** China's Leon Technology Co finished the morning
session up 6.5%, after the company downplayed a report it would
be added to the investment blacklist.
** But Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC)
ended the morning down 3.42% in Hong Kong.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.10% while Japan's Nikkei index
was up 1.87%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.3672 per U.S. dollar,
0.01% firmer than the previous close of 6.368.
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Rashmi Aich)