* HSI -0.3 pct, H-shares -0.9 pct, CSI300 +0.1 pct
* Shanghai Comp closes below 200-day MA for 1st time since
* Commodities slide as Shanghai physical prices fall sharply
* Lenovo slides after IBM server deal reportedly called off
By Clement Tan and Yimou Lee
HONG KONG, May 2 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares fell from a
seven-month high on Thursday as soft China manufacturing data
put growth-sensitive counters on the defensive after markets
returned from the May Day public holiday.
Mainland Chinese markets were tepid after the long holiday
with Shanghai volume at its weakest in three weeks, with the
property sector buoyed by a private survey that showed home
prices rose for an eleventh-straight month.
The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.3 percent from
Tuesday's seven-week closing high to 22,668.3. The China
Enterprises Index of the leading Chinese listings fell
The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen
A-share listings finished a choppy session up 0.1 percent. The
Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.2 percent to 2,174.1,
closing just below its 200-day moving average for the first time
since Christmas Eve.
Shanghai volume was 17 percent below its average in the last
month, while Hong Kong turnover was just shy of its average
despite climbing its highest this week.
"A-share volumes are still very weak. For retail investors,
it's hard to justify putting their money in stocks right now
with data looking weak and Beijing not looking like it will
loosen policy too much," said Zhang Qi, a Shanghai-based analyst
with Haitong Securities.
Jiangxi Copper fell 1.2 percent in Hong
Kong and 2.9 percent in Shanghai as Shanghai copper prices
tumbled nearly 5 percent after mainland China markets returned
from a three-day Golden Week holiday.
Hong Kong markets were also shut on Wednesday.
The final HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for China
dropped to 50.4 in April from March's 51.6. China's official PMI
on Wednesday fell to 50.6 in April from an 11-month high of 50.9
Lenovo Group tumbled 2.7 percent in its worst day
in two weeks after Fortune magazine reported that the Chinese
personal computer maker and IBM have called off
negotiations over a multibillion-dollar deal for Big Blue's
low-end server business.
Premium alcohol producers were also hit by a warning on
Wednesday that some government officials were avoiding new
President Xi Jinping's graft-busting instructions to be frugal
by taking banquets and other lavish displays underground,
including hiding liquor in water bottles.
Kweichow Moutai fell 1.7 percent in Shanghai,
while Wuliangye fell 2.2 percent in Shenzhen.
CHINA PROPERTY LIMITS INDEX LOSSES
Chinese property developers were broadly higher after China
Real Estate Index System (CREIS), a consultancy tied to China's
largest online property firm, Soufun Holdings, said
average home prices in April climbed 1 percent from March to
10,098 yuan ($1,600) per square metre.
While investors used to take rising home prices as signs
Beijing could further increase curbs on the sectors, anemic
macroeconomic data has boosted hopes that the central government
will be less forceful in implementing existing measures.
Poly Real Estate climbed 2.1 percent in
Shanghai. In Hong Kong, China Overseas Land rose 1.1
percent, while China Resources Land gained 0.6 percent
to a three-month high.
Telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp jumped 7.6
percent in Shenzhen as investors cheered its quarterly profit
increase that it released after markets closed last Friday.