* SSEC -0.1%, CSI300 0.1%, HSI -0.3%
* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 1.1%
* Shanghai->HK daily quota used 1%
* FTSE China A50 +0.2%
SHANGHAI, Sept 22(Reuters) - China’s blue-chip shares firmed on Tuesday, as investors cheered Beijing’s latest efforts to boost consumption.
** The CSI300 index rose 0.1%, to 4,694.09 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite index lost 0.1%, to 3,312.88 points.
** China’s cabinet on Monday issued guidelines to boost new types of consumption, including online shopping and payments, in a bid to support the recovery of the economy.
** Retail sales rose 0.5% in August from a year earlier, snapping a seven-month slump, but still trailing behind expansions in exports and investment as the economy steadily recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic’s hit.
** The CSI300 consumer staples index rose 0.5% by midday break, having gained 43% so far this year.
** Also lending support, heavyweight securities firms climbed 2.2%.
** The Guolian-Sinolink merger could help consolidate financial resources and promote the healthy development of the securities industry, analysts at Guosen Securities said in a report.
** Guolian Securities Co said on Sunday it would acquire Sinolink Securities Co through a share swap and stake purchase, a move that accelerates the consolidation of Chinese brokerages.
** China’s major airlines fell on renewed concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in overseas countries.
** The Hang Seng index dropped 0.3%, to 23,887.33 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises index gained 0.1%, to 9,652.49.
** Hong Kong-listed shares of HSBC Holdings extended Monday’s heavy losses and fell as much as 3.4% to a 25-year low, while Standard Chartered shed 2% to its lowest since 2002.
** Global banks are facing a fresh scandal about dirty money after leaked documents showed they transferred more than $2 trillion in suspect funds over nearly two decades (Reporting by Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Kim Coghill and Shounak Dasgupta)