As the Hong Kong and mainland China markets enter the home stretch leading up to the Lunar New Year holiday starting this week, some of themes we will keep an eye on include the flu outbreak in Wuhan, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and whether stocks can hold on to their strong start to 2020. Meanwhile, the phase one deal between Washington and Beijing – signed, sealed and priced in – might recede in significance and not play a big determining role, but never say never. The Shanghai and Shenzhen markets will close on Friday for Lunar New Year holiday, while Hong Kong will trade until lunch on Friday. And if you would like the Live Stocks Blog emailed to you each morning, click here . – Yujing Liu and Azar Zaidi in Hong Kong Note: Information in this blog is on an "as is" basis and not a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities or otherwise; and is not investment/professional advice or services in this regard. It is subject to our T&C. SCMP (as defined in T&C ) shall not be liable for any loss, damage and costs relating to any investments in securities or otherwise in this connection.