Hong Kong shares follow China markets down

Hong Kong - Hong Kong shares fell for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, tracking steep losses in the China A-share markets where a resumption of initial public offerings is diverting funds away from already-listed stocks.

The Hang Seng Index inched down 0.1 percent to 23,167.73 points. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 0.9 percent.

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On the mainland, the Shanghai benchmark slid 1.6 percent and closed below a 100-day moving average.

Leading the losses on the Hang Seng were Chinese property developers, which extended Wednesday's losses after May home price data disappointed.

China Resources Land sank 3 percent, while China Overseas Land & Investment shed 2.6 percent.

Chinese insurers were broadly weaker. China Life Insurance , Ping An Insurance, China Pacific Insurance Group were all down more than 1 percent, the biggest drags on the H-share index. - Reuters