ORIENT Overseas (International) (OOIL) is considering a further sale of shares in Hongkong International Terminals and HIT (Berth 2). The announcement comes after the shipping group was asked by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to explain the company's recent share price run. OOIL was the top performing stock on Friday, putting on 55 cents or 21.5 per cent to $3.10. The group sold a 3.5 per cent stake in Hongkong International Terminals and HIT (Berth 2) to Hutchison Whampoa for $624.8 million in August, making an extraordinary profit of $457 million. It still has a four per cent interest in the two. In a statement, OOIL secretary Allan Dobson said: ''The company is in negotiations concerning a further sale of shares in Hongkong International Terminals and HIT (Berth 2).'' Mr Dobson said other contributory factors to the share run might have been the company's announcement in November that it was modernising its fleet and its April announcement that it was launching a Beijing property project. The directors of OOIL said they could not think of any other disclosable acquisitions or realisations which were or might be price-sensitive. OOIL, controlled by the Tung family, is planning to replace part of its shipping fleet with six new container vessels in a US$514 million deal. In April, it announced it would take a stake of up to 36 per cent in a mixed retail and commercial development in the Wangfujing district of Beijing. OOIL, one of the oldest and best-known freight forwarders in the territory, posted a loss of US$5.58 million for the six months to June 30. Chairman and chief executive Tung Chee-hwa attributed the loss to a pattern of weak performance and continuing recession in most major markets. for the container-transport business.