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Market Open: Hang Seng seen flat as fiscal cliff offsets positive China data

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 8:21am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 8:59am

The benchmark Hang Seng is expected to trade in thin volumes on Tuesday and to hug its current level, with investors still cautious building positions amid worries that the world's largest economy may fall into recession as a result of the so-called “fiscal cliff”.

Sentiment was bolstered a bit by better-than-expected China data on Monday, which still failed to give a strong boost to the market which is more focused on the key 18th People's Congress, which will decide the leadership team to rule China in the next decade.

Overnight, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index closed up 0.18 points, or 0.01 per cent, at 1,380.03. The Nasdaq Composite shed 0.62 points, or 0.02 per cent, to finish at 2,904.26. In London, the FTSE-100 Index lost 2.41 points, or 0.04 per cent, to finish at 5,767.27.

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