China stocks firm on upbeat industrial profits; Hong Kong down

SSEC -0.1%, CSI300 +0.1%, HSI -0.2%

HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used -0.2%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 3.4%

FTSE China A50 +0.4%

SHANGHAI, Nov 27 (Reuters)China’s blue-chip stocks rose on Friday, helped by upbeat industrial profits that pointed to a continued recovery in the world’s second largest economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

** The CSI300 index .CSI300 rose 0.1% to 4,924.15 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index .SSEC fell 0.1% to 3,368.12 points.

** Profits at Chinese industrial firms rose 28.2% year-on-year in October to 642.91 billion yuan ($97.79 billion), official data showed on Friday, pointing to a steady recovery in the manufacturing sector after it was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

** For 2021, China’s real GDP growth is forecast to grow by 8.2% y/y, Wendy Liu, head of China Strategy at UBS Global Research, wrote in a report.

** UBS has set a target of 5,450 and 6,300 at end-2021 and end-2022, respectively, for the blue-chip CSI300 index, adding mainland households could raise exposure to onshore equities in the next two year.

** Analysts said bond defaults and Sino-U.S. tensions would continue to weigh on the market.

** The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of U.S. goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.

** There is still some lingering concern about the recent surprise SOE bond defaults, while the U.S. list could impact investor sentiment negatively if published, Morgan Stanley analysts noted in a report.

** A spurt of missed debt repayments by three Chinese state-owned firms – a coal miner, a chipmaker and an automobile company – has shaken local markets and heightened speculation that a campaign to wean the economy off heavy credit is back.

** The Hang Seng index .HSI dropped 0.2% to 26,776.83 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index .HSCE gained 0.1% to 10,716.05.

(Reporting by Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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