Hong Kong Stocks Head Toward Fourth Day Of Gains

By Laura HeMarketWatch Pulse

Hong Kong stocks traded higher for a fourth straight day, as the Hang Seng Index rose 0.2%, tracking gains for U.S. stocks. The mainland-China-tracking Hang Seng China Enterprises Index advanced 0.9%. Oil stocks rallied after U.S. oil futures settled near a two-week high, with Cnooc Ltd. climbing 1.8% and refiner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, cracking 1.2% higher. PetroChina Co. , China's largest oil and gas producer, jumped 3.8% after the company announced it had named Wang Yilin as its new chairman, effective Tuesday, and after a Wednesday report by Caixin quoted PetroChina's president as saying business was better than expected in the first half of this year. Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd. , one of China's largest home-appliance retailers, rose 0.5% saying it plans to acquire Beijing-based consumer-electronics retailer Dazhong Electronics for more than 3.8 billion yuan ($608 million). Among other market movers, China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. improved by 2.1%, and China Telecom Corp. traded 1.2% higher after reports said the mobile operator may largely cut its international roaming fees this week to win over more customers. However, China Mobile Ltd. , China's largest telecom, declined 1.5%. Meanwhile, over on the mainland, the Shanghai Composite Index added to its previous rally by rising another 1.5%.

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