HONG KONG, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares could open
higher on Thursday, helped by positive China data and tracking
strong Wall Street gains after a last-minute deal averted a
fiscal crisis in the world's largest economy.
China's non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index for
December came in at 56.1, surpassing the 55.6 registered in
November, the country's statistics bureau said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Hang Seng Index climbed 2.9 percent
to 23,312 points, its highest since June 2011. The China
Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings jumped 4
percent in its best daily showing in a year.
Elsewhere in Asia, South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.2
percent at 0104 GMT. China and Japan financial markets are still
closed for the New Year holiday and will resume trading on
FACTORS TO WATCH:
* Asia Resources updated on its Mongolian mining
license process. It also said Dampar, in which it has a 55
percent equity interest, has received a license permitting
Dampar to transport and sell iron in the Indonesian province of
* Chinese property developer Country Garden said
it is proposing to conduct an international offering of senior
notes with a 10-year maturity.
* Chinese property developer China Aoyuan said it
acquired land through a public auction at the Zhuzhou City Land
and Mining Market Exchange for about $928 million on Nov. 29
* Guoco Group said the dispatch of documents for
Guoline Overseas Ltd's acquisition of issued shares in Guoco
Group will be delayed until April 30, 2012.