The Hong Kong stock market has been struggling for direction in morning trade on Tuesday. The Hang Seng Index opened at 23,224 points, down 91 points from the close on Monday, when signs of easing impact from street protests drove the benchmark up by 251 points, or 1.09 per cent. By mid-morning trading, the index had risen by 94 points, or 0.4 per cent, slightly ahead of other Asian markets, including Japan and South Korea Investors have been encouraged by signs of increasing stability in the city. Another bank branch reopened on Tuesday after closures at protest hot spots. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority said six branches of six banks remained shut. Seven had been closed on Monday. The HKMA also said suspended ATM services in the affected areas had largely resumed. Among gainers in the morning session were Tencent, China Mobile, China Light and Power, Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sinopec. Tencent was ahead 1.7 per cent to HK$121.70, after the technology giant added 3 per cent on Monday.