HONG KONG, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares ended their
best year since 2009 hovering near 18-month closing highs on
Monday, helped by strength in Chinese insurers and brokerages
after mainland regulators said they plan to let them to develop
and manage mutual funds.
The Hang Seng Index closed flat at 22,656.9 on the
day, shutting at midday for the New Year holidays. It jumped
22.9 percent on the year, ending 2012 near its highest close
since early July 2011.
The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese
listings in Hong Kong ended up 0.5 percent on the day at
11,436.2, its highest close since March. It rose 15.1 percent in
2012, its first annual gain in three years.
Hong Kong financial markets will resume trading on Jan. 2.