HK stocks close lower

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks closed sharply lower Friday as the rising toll from the deadly coronavirus outside China fanned fears the epidemic's impact on earnings and economic growth could be worse than anticipated.

The Hang Seng Index fell 1.1 percent, or 300.35 points, to 27,308.81.

Mainland China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.3 percent, or 9.52 points, to 3,039.67, reports AFP.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was up 1.1 percent, or 21.21 points, at 1,907.35.