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Hong Kong stocks track Asia higher

* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used -2.2%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 8.4%

* HSI +0.5%, HSCE +0.5%, CSI300 -0.2%

* FTSE China A50 -0.6%

April 22 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares closed higher on Thursday, in line with other Asian markets, as investors cheered economic recovery in the United States and other developed markets.

** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up 133.42 points, or 0.47%, at 28,755.34. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index rose 0.46% to 10,939.12.

** The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares dipped 0.1%, the financial sector ended down 0.37%, while the IT sector rose 1.63%, and property sector was up 0.07%.

** The top gainer on the Hang Seng was Meituan, which gained 3.47%, while the biggest loser was Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, which fell 1.78%.

** The push-pull of that trading dynamic comes as vaccination rates in Britain and other countries continue to improve and pandemic-weary citizens embrace more freedoms to drive economic growth, something reflected in some recent corporate earnings.

** However, worries over Sino-U.S. tensions hurt sentiment.

** A bipartisan U.S. congressional push to counteract China picked up steam on Wednesday as a Senate committee overwhelmingly backed a bill pressing Beijing on human rights and economic competition and other lawmakers introduced a measure seeking billions for technology research.

** China’s main Shanghai Composite index closed down 0.23% at 3,465.11 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index ended down 0.19%.

** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.36%, while Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 2.38%.

** The yuan was quoted at 6.4886 per U.S. dollar at 08:39 GMT, 0.03% firmer than the previous close of 6.4903.

** At close, China’s A-shares were trading at a premium of 34.05% over Hong Kong-listed H-shares. (Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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