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.

Sharp correction in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock markets

The value of stocks traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen reached a record 2.42 trillion yuan, exceeding Tuesday's 2.16 trillion. Photo: Imaginechina

Analysts predict today will see more selling of mainland shares after the sharp correction in the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock markets yesterday, in a vicious cycle of selling as margin calls accelerate with the falling markets.

Friday, 29 May, 2015, 8:32am 3 comments

Hong Kong retail stocks hit hard by move to curb number of mainland Chinese visitors

Market operator Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing rose 19.44 per cent to a record HK$297.40. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong retail stocks were hit hard on Monday by policy changes designed to curb the number of mainland visitors coming to the city, but other shares extended their gains.

14 Apr 2015 - 4:12am 1 comment

Winners and losers galore in Hong Kong stock market rally

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing logo in the Central business district of the city. Photo: Reuters

Who were the biggest winners and losers in the stock market’s bull run? Well, the list is so long that investors, pensioners, the stock exchange, the brokers, the regulators and the government all won something.

13 Apr 2015 - 10:09pm

Bigger quotas seen for Hong Kong-Shanghai stock link after record week for Hang Seng

A monitor displays the Hang Seng Index outside a securities firm. Photo: EPA

HKEx exchange chief flagged increase of 30 per cent in the quota for cross-border share trading after record turnover saw the cap on mainland purchases of Hong Kong stocks being busted.

11 Apr 2015 - 4:36am

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.

17 Oct 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