* HSI -1.6 pct, H-shares -2 pct, CSI300 -1.3 pct
* Turnover higher vs Wednesday, but still below average
* Tencent have worst day in 13 mths after earnings miss
* Esprit surges 22 pct after ex-chairman doubled stake
By Clement Tan
HONG KONG, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong and Chinese shares
fell to multi-week lows on Thursday, reversing gains in the
previous session, as investors, unsure about the policies of the
country's new leadership team, reduced their exposure to risk.
China's ruling Communist Party unveiled an older,
conservative new leadership line-up on Thursday that appears
unlikely to take the drastic action needed to tackle pressing
issues like social unrest, environmental degradation and
The Hang Seng Index ended down 1.6 percent at
21,108.9, breaking below the chart resistance of about 21,200,
the 23.6 percent Fibonacci retracement of its rise from
September lows to November highs, pointing to further weakness
The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese
listings in Hong Kong shed 2 percent. It has now slid 6 percent
from a Nov. 2 high. Both indexes closed at their lowest level
since Oct. 11.
In the mainland, the CSI300 Index of the top
Shanghai and Shenzhen listings closed down 1.3 percent, while
the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.2 percent.
Both indexes closed at their lowest since Sept. 26, with the
CSI300 and Shanghai Composite indexes just 0.4 and 1.3 percent
from their respective lowest closing levels this year.
Thursday's losses in both Hong Kong and China came as
turnover increased over the previous session, but still some way
below the average in the past 30 days.
"Historically, markets have trended downwards for about a
month after major party congress meetings where there's a
handover like this, but the outlook on a six-month basis is more
positive," Alan Lam, Julius Baer's Greater China equity analyst,
"Recent inflows into China equities won't leave, although
fresh ones might slow down a little from here because of
concerns over the U.S. fiscal situation," Lam added.
Shares of internet giant, Tencent Holdings,
slumped 7 percent to their lowest level since mid-September
after it reported that efforts to expand into new businesses hit
margins and the number of fee-paying users for its Internet
This was Tencent's worst day in more than 13 months. It has
now slid 10.4 percent from a Nov. 2 high, but is still up 59.6
percent this year. This compares to the 14.5 percent rise on the
Hang Seng Index in 2012.
New China Life Insurance slumped 4.6 percent in
heavy volumes to close at its lowest since Sept. 26.
A trader at a major European brokerage said investors were
bailing out on the stock after it failed to be included as a
component stock on the MSCI China index.
Counters that will be excluded from the MSCI China index
after market close on Nov 30 were mostly weaker. China Rongsheng
lost 2.7 percent, while China Yurun Food
declined 1.8 percent.
ESPRIT BUCKS WEAKNESS
Shares of Esprit Holdings surged 22 percent after
its former chairman doubled his take in the ailing
Europe-focused fashion retailer, fuelling hopes he would play a
bigger role in the company.
This was Esprit's best day since Aug. 7 and took its shares
to the highest level since mid-May, although it finished off the
Esprit's strength was an outlier in an otherwise weak
market, that had opened lower following steep losses on Wall
Growth-sensitive sectors, which outperformed on Wednesday,
were all weaker on the day.
Aluminum Corporation of China (Chalco)
shed 2.6 percent in Hong Kong and 2.6 percent in Shanghai, while
China Shenhua Energy Co Ltd lost 2.1
percent in Hong Kong and 2.2 percent in Shanghai.