* HSI +0.2 pct, H-shares +0.6 pct, CSI300 +1.1 pct
* Rebound in liquor sector triggers intra-day A-share bounce
* China telcos strong in HK, China Mobile leads HSI
* Macau gambling stocks hit by fears of crackdown
By Clement Tan
HONG KONG, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Onshore China shares staged a
reversal of early losses on Tuesday, with the beleaguered
alcohol sector leading an index bounce off near four-year lows
and bolstering gains in Hong Kong.
But strength in Chinese telecommunication stocks and tepid
turnover in Hong Kong pointed to continuing risk aversion,
aggravated by weak U.S. manufacturing data. While Shanghai
volume hit its highest since Nov. 9 after an afternoon spurt,
market watchers were sceptical whether this is trend-reversing.
The Hang Seng Index crept up 0.2 percent to 21,800
points, creeping back towards chart resistance at about 22,000
that it failed to breach on Monday for the second time in a
The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese
listings erased midday losses to end up 0.6 percent, following a
reversal in onshore markets after local media reported that
Jiugui Liquor, which has been embroiled in a
contamination scare, said it will completely replace its
The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen
listings climbed 1.1 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index
rose 0.8 percent. Both bounced off their lowest closings
since the first two months of 2009.
It's too early to say Tuesday's gains signal a trend
reversal in the A-share market, said Zhong Hua, a Shanghai-based
equity strategist with Guotai Junan Securities.
"Today's rebound is just a reversion of some of the dramatic
decline in the white spirits sector in the past month," he said.
Following a grim November when H-shares outperformed
A-shares for a sixth straight month, the CSI300 and Shanghai
Composite indexes are down 9.1 and 10.2 percent on the year.
For the Chinese liquor sector -- a major one on mainland
indexes -- Zhong said that several other factors will weigh on
earnings potential, including the country's campaign against
corruption and producers' high inventory levels.
On Tuesday, Jiugui Liquor jumped the maximum 10 percent in
Shenzhen, helping sector heavyweight Wuliangye close
up 1.4 percent after earlier plumbing more than two-year lows.
Kweichow Moutai, however, bucked the broader
rebound in the sector, sheding 1.6 percent.
The rebound in the A-share market helped Chinese brokerages
to strong gains onshore. Haitong Securities jumped
3.2 percent in Shanghai, while Citic Securities rose
CHINESE TELCOS STRONG
In Hong Kong, China Mobile rose 1.4 percent and
was the leading boost to the Hang Seng Index. Smaller China
Unicom was flat, but China Telecom gained
A report on Sina.com cited industry sources saying Unicom's
iPhone 5 pre-orders in Hong Kong on Monday, when they began,
China Mobile has risen 16.5 percent year-to-date, compared
with the 18.3 percent increase for the Hang Seng Index. But
gains have come in volatile trading in the past year,
characterized by frequent sector rotations.
"It's been a very tiring and stressful year," Timothy Moe,
Goldman Sach's chief Asia strategist, said at a press conference
"Gains this year have come after Asia ex-Japan rallied 16
percent in the first two months, fell 16 percent to early June
and then staged a 18 percent recovery from September. Sector
rotation has also been intense, but that will continue into the
year ahead," Moe said.
In a measure of that intensity, the Macau gaming sector
slumped a day after casino revenue in November came in line with
expectations amid growing speculation that Chinese authorities
were stepping up scrutiny of money transfers in Macau as part of
their anti-corruption campaign.
SJM Holdings tumbled 5.8 pct, while Sands China
slid 4.4 percent after rising almost 10 percent in the
previous three weeks.