Hong Kong Stocks Climb to Dodge Longest Losing Streak Since 1984

Hong Kong stocks climbed for the first time in nine days, narrowly avoiding the benchmark index’s longest losing streak in three decades.

The Hang Seng Index rose 0.4 percent to 21,395.48 as of 10:50 a.m. in Hong Kong, reversing a 0.4 percent slide. The gauge fell 5.2 percent over past eight days, and another drop would mark the longest stretch of losses since July 1984, when Britain was in the middle of negotiating the city’s handover to China. Belle International Holdings Ltd. has led declines since Dec. 2 after the footwear retailer reported a sales slump, while oil stocks fell with crude.

The Hang Seng gauge’s relative strength index fell to 31.9 on Monday, approaching the 30 level that some traders consider as oversold. The index trades at 9.4 times reported earnings, below its 10-year average of 12.7 and 47 percent below the MSCI All-Country World Index’s ratio.

Cnooc Ltd., PetroChina Co. and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. are down at least 9 percent since Dec. 2 after West Texas Intermediate crude slumped to the lowest in nearly seven years. Belle tumbled 21 percent after saying last week that its third-quarter footwear same-store sales dropped more than 10 percent.

The Hang Seng Index is on track for a 9.4 percent annual decline, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland companies has dropped 22 percent.

Source : Bloomberg