HONG KONG, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares hovered
around 19-1/2-month highs for a third session on Tuesday, helped
by strength in financials and companies reported to be in talks
with Chinese officials on land use for a new economic zone in
the southern city of Shenzhen.
The Hang Seng Index closed up 0.3 percent at
23,658.99. The China Enterprises Index of the top
Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.6 percent.
In the mainland, the CSI300 of the top Shanghai
and Shenzhen A-share listings closed down 0.5 percent at
2,596.9, slipping off Monday's 7-1/2-month closing high. The
Shanghai Composite Index closed down 0.6 percent at
* China International Marine Containers Group
surged 18.3 percent, China Merchants Holdings jumped
8.8 percent and Shenzhen International Holdings soared
21 percent. Hong Kong media reported that all were in talks with
Shenzhen's city government on land use in the new Qianhai
special economic zone, traders said. They collectively own 27.5
percent of Qianhai's total land mass, the same report said.
* At least 10 companies issued profit warnings overnight.
Vanke Properties Overseas slumped 7.5 percent after
warning it expects a "significant decrease" in full-year net
profit, due mainly to the purchase in May of a Hong Kong-based
property company by its parent, China Vanke Co.