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Hang Seng Index

Established in 1969, the Hang Seng Index is the benchmark stock market index, monitoring changes in 48 constituent blue chip stocks. It is maintained by Hang Seng Indexes Company, a unit of Hang Seng Bank, which is controlled by HSBC Group.

Hong Kong follows global sell-off amid economic worries

The Hang Seng Index yesterday fell below 23,000 points for the first time since June following wild swings on Wall Street. Photo: Bloomberg

Following a day of wild swings on Wall Street, the Hang Seng Index fell below 23,000 points for the first time since June amid mounting concerns over the health of the global economy that triggered a stock sell-off in Asia.

Friday, 17 October, 2014, 4:31am

Why the Hong Kong stock market held up despite the protests

The Hang Seng Index brushed off the mass protest news. Photo: AP

There are few professionals in the investment business - and the best of us are just gifted amateurs," so taught a wise colleague of mine decades ago. Never has that been truer than in the past week.

10 Oct 2014 - 7:17am

Old equity theories no longer ring true

Is it really true that September is the worst month for investing in the Hang Seng Index?

Is it really true that September is the worst month for investing in the Hang Seng Index? It certainly was a popular belief at one time.

2 Oct 2014 - 5:40am 2 comments

Market reverses course as China pumps money into banks

The Hang Seng Index reversed one of its longest losing streaks in recent years after a report that China’s central bank would inject 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion) into the nation’s largest banks. Photo: AP

A report that China’s central bank would inject 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion) into the nation’s largest banks helped the Hang Seng Index reverse one of its longest losing streaks in recent years.

17 Sep 2014 - 12:02pm

Hang Seng falls amid concerns of looming Fed rate rise

The Hong Kong market saw the biggest fall since February and was the hardest hit in Asia. Photo: Reuters

The Hang Seng Index posted its biggest single-day fall since February on fears the United States Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than expected.

11 Sep 2014 - 2:25am

With the bad news behind, Hang Seng can look forward to some stability

The impact the latest governance debate had on the Hong Kong market began around June 10 when the mainland Chinese government’s white paper was published. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong makes the business press on a daily basis but rarely does it make the front pages of the global media. The news that the National People's Congress had refused demands from Hong Kong people for an open vote for the next Chief Executive made headline news worldwide.

5 Sep 2014 - 1:15am

Hang Seng Index hits 6-year high to close above 25,000 despite notes of caution

Consultants warn that the city's retail investors could get hurt if they begin to pile into the market fearing they will miss out on the next stage of a rally that has added 16 per cent to the value of the Hang Seng from the year's low in March, lifting it to 25,159 on Wednesday. Photo: May Tse

The Hang Seng Index rallied to close above 25,000 for the first time since May 2008 yesterday, even as a top government forecaster warned that economic growth in 2014 would probably fail to hit 3 per cent.

20 Aug 2014 - 6:25pm 4 comments

A new chapter for the Hang Seng Index

Hang Seng Index has been tracking the local share market over the last 50 years.

If anyone wanted a quick guide to Hong Kong's history over the last 50 years, they could do worse than refer to the Hang Seng Index. That is how long it has been tracking the local share market, its highs and lows reflecting events that moved markets, making and breaking fortunes.

7 Aug 2014 - 8:38am

Options traders bet on longer run for Hong Kong stock rally

The Hang Seng Index jumped 6.8 per cent in July. Photo: Reuters

For Hong Kong options traders, the stock rally has room to run. Puts with an exercise price 10 per cent below the benchmark Hang Seng Index cost 2.8 points more than calls betting on a 10 per cent increase.

7 Aug 2014 - 2:33am

Property dims outlook for Hang Seng Index

Property dims outlook for Hang Seng Index

The Hang Seng Index is expected to continue to lag benchmark indices in Europe and Japan next year due to the heavy weighting it gives to sluggishly performing property shares and expectations of a price correction in the world's most expensive housing market, market strategists said.

5 Dec 2013 - 6:00am

Sell-off puts Hong Kong stocks on longest skid in 4½ years

The Hang Seng Index fell below the physiological level of 20,000 in the morning, but narrowed losses in the afternoon, to close at 20,263. Photo: David Wong

Yesterday marked the longest losing streak in 4½ years for Hong Kong stocks amid concerns that slowing growth and a worsening credit crunch on the mainland would hit earnings.

22 Jun 2013 - 2:56am

Irrational financial markets disprove wisdom of crowds

Irrational financial markets disprove wisdom of crowds

Anyone who still believes in the wisdom of crowds should take a look at what has been going on in the financial markets. A market, after all, is made up of a crowd of investors, and its price fluctuations represent swings in the aggregate sentiment of that crowd.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:49am 1 comment

Mainland Chinese companies continue slide in Hong Kong

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell below the psychologically important 10,000-point level yesterday for the first time since last October. Photo: Bloomberg

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, which tracks mainland enterprises listed in Hong Kong, fell below the psychologically important 10,000-point level yesterday for the first time since last October, led by financial and property firms.

12 Jun 2013 - 4:32am

Markets fall as Chinese production weakens

Markets fall as Chinese production weakens

The deteriorating outlook on the mainland sent Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average slumping 7.3 per cent, registering the deepest loss since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Hang Seng Index dropped 2.54 per cent to 22,669.68, its biggest slide in seven weeks. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.16 per cent while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index dropped 1.99 per cent.

24 May 2013 - 3:47am

City's small-cap firms to set to see flood of capital from China

Beijing's long-standing plans to allow mainlanders to invest overseas is expected to release large capital inflows into small-cap companies in Hong Kong as retail investors on the mainland seek to take advantage of lower valuations in Hong Kong markets, a veteran Chinese banker said.

21 May 2013 - 5:04am

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