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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2012, 8:30am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2012, 9:33am

Market Open: Hong Kong stocks seen lower on disappointing US manufacturing

Kong stocks may track the US market lower on Tuesday, after US manufacturing unexpectedly contracted to its lowest level since July 2009, fueling worries about a slowdown in the world's biggest economy just as it tackles the looming "fiscal cliff".

 

Hong Kong stocks may track the US market lower on Tuesday, after US manufacturing unexpectedly contracted to its  lowest level since July 2009, fueling worries about a slowdown in the world's biggest economy just as it tackles the looming  "fiscal cliff".

The US Institute for Supply Management said overnight that its index of manufacturing conditions fell to 49.5, from 51.7 in October. A reading above 50 signals growth, but a sub-50 reading indicates contraction. Investors may be cautious ahead of key US jobs data to be released on Friday.

Overnight, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index closed down 6.72 points, or 0.47 per cent, at 1,409.46. The Nasdaq Composite lost 8.04 points, or 0.27 per cent, to 3,002.20. In London, the FTSE-100 Index added 4.42 points, or 0.08 per cent, to end at 5,871.24.

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