* HSI +0.2 pct on Friday, -2.1 pct this week
* CSI300 +0.4 pct on Friday, +1 pct for the week
* HSI suffers worst weekly loss since November
* China autos lifted by strong January sales
* China shippers aided by positive January trade data
By Clement Tan
Feb 8 (Reuters) - China shares rebounded to near multi-month
highs, which helped Hong Kong have a slim gain on Friday but
couldn't stop it from having its worst week since November
before the Lunar New Year break.
Lifting China were auto stocks, thanks to strong January
sales, and shippers as the country's exports and imports surged
while inflation abated last month.
The first hard Chinese data of the year, released on Friday,
pointed to a rebound in external and domestic demand not solely
explained by a distorted comparison with January 2012, which
included Lunar New Year.
The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen
A-share listings rose 0.4 percent on Friday and 1 percent this
week, nearing Wednesday's highest close since September 2011.
The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent on the
week, helped by a 0.6 percent rise on Friday.
The Hang Seng Index was up 0.2 percent for the day,
but finished the week down 2.1 percent. The China Enterprises
Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong, which
slipped 0.3 percent on Friday, slumped 4.6 percent for the full
This week's outperformance of onshore markets over offshore
peers lifted the Hang Seng China A-H Price Index to
its highest since October, extending the premium that A-shares
have over H-shares that returned a week ago, following a
Shanghai volumes stayed weak, while Hong Kong turnover was
the second-lowest this year ahead of Lunar New Year. Markets in
Hong Kong will resume trade on Feb. 14, while onshore Chinese
markets reopen Feb. 18.
The season for corporate earnings reports will peak in
March, the month when China's annual parliamentary meetings are
"There will be a lot of jitters up to March because people
are wondering if there will be a repeat of last year's rally
stalling around the same time," said Tan Eng Teck, a
Singapore-based fund manager with Treasury Asia Asset
Management, which manages $1.5 billion in Asia ex-Japan.
In Shanghai, SAIC Motor jumped 7.4 percent to
their highest since July 2011 after data showed China's vehicle
sales in January jumped 46.4 percent from a year earlier. The
strongest growth in almost three years was largely due to the
Rival Changan Auto soared 9.9 percent in
Shenzhen to a record high. Great Wall Motor
climbed 6.4 percent in Hong Kong and 5.8 percent in Shanghai.
Chinese shippers rose after China's January export data
topped expectations. In Hong Kong, China Shipping Development
climbed 3.2 percent while China Cosco rose
China Minsheng Bank shares slid 2.6
percent in Hong Kong and 4.4 percent in Shanghai after the
mid-sized lender received regulatory approval to issue 20
billion yuan ($3.21 billion) in six-year convertible bonds.
For the week, Minsheng shares in Shanghai fell 6.3 percent,
their worst weekly result since November 2010. The Hong Kong
listing tumbled 8.8 percent for the full week in spite of rising
2.7 percent on Monday to a record high closing.