Hong Kong benchmark closes at a high

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Hong Kong - Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped to its highest in nearly 7-1/2 months on Tuesday, helped by stronger Chinese markets on the mainland and recent fund inflows which pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks.

The Hang Seng Index rose 1.7 percent to 23,782.11 points, its highest since December 9.

The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong climbed 2.4 percent to close at its highest since January 2.

Gains were seen across the board. Index heavyweights HSBC added 1.3 percent and insurer AIA 3.3 percent.

Tencent Holdings spiked 2.1 percent, partly lifted by peer Baidu's record high close in New York.

Leading boosts on the H-share index were China's two oil giants.

PetroChina rose 3.2 percent, while China Petroleum & Chemical put on 3.6 percent. - Reuters

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