Hong Kong stocks end week on weak note

Hong Kong stocks finished slightly lower on Thursday following three days of gains as data showed factory activity in the mainland contracted in September for the first time since February 2020, while traders were keeping a wary eye on US debt ceiling talks.

The Hang Seng Index eased 0.36 percent, or 87.86 points, to 24,575.64.

The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.90 percent, or 31.87 points, to 3,568.17, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second exchange rallied 2.04 percent, or 47.90 points, to 2,395.05.

Markets in Hong Kong and the mainland will be closed on Friday for holidays. (AFP)