Hong Kong stocks fell back to the lowest level in two years as lockdown worries and weak auto sales in mainland China knocked confidence. A surge in commodity prices heightened concerns inflation will choke economic recovery. The Hang Seng Index slumped 1.8 per cent to 22,343.92 at the close of Wednesday trading. The Tech Index sank 2.7 per cent, while the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.1 per cent. Sunny Optical, Xinyi Glass and HSBC retreated more than 6 per cent, pacing benchmark index losers. Hong Kong’s top developers like Sun Hung Kai Properties, New World and CK Asset slipped amid worries about a citywide lockdown. XPeng lost 5 per cent after Chinese electric-vehicle makers reported lacklustre sales in February , likely due to the Lunar New Year holiday. BYD lost 0.5 per cent and Geely Auto slid 1.9 per cent. The Ukraine war fanned commodity prices, with crude oil futures topping US$100 a barrel the first time since 2014, They reached US$110.46 in Asian trading on Wednesday. Gold advanced 2.3 per cent to a one-year high of US$1,943.80 an ounce. Russia said it was “too early to assess” the results of Monday’s peace talks. Russia faces fund exodus as ICE removes sanctioned debt from indices, MSCI reviews investability “Given that Russia and Ukraine have big sways in oil, natural gas and grain industries, the war will for sure stoke global inflation,” said Zhou Jianhua, an analyst at Central Securities in Shanghai. “That will have a profound impact on the global economy.” Aluminium producer Rusal tanked 26 per cent as Western sanctions on Russian entities and individuals widened. The stock has lost 52 per cent of its market value since Ukraine invasion. Commodities are rallying at a time when the inflation is accelerating at multi-decade high in the US and UK, inducing more hawkish stance from central banks. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is due to deliver a speech to lawmakers later Wednesday on its rate-hike path. Oil explorers CNOOC jumped 3.4 per cent and PetroChina rose 2.9 per cent as the International Energy Agency said Ukraine conflict could threaten global supply. Elsewhere, Tencent dropped 1.8 per cent, giving back some of its rally this week. The WeChat operator jumped 2.3 per cent on Tuesday on reports a Chinese business tycoon spent US$5 million on its New York-traded shares.