HONG KONG, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong stocks fell 0.04 percent on Wednesday.
The benchmark Hang Seng index closed down 0.04 points to end at 20,065.52 points, after trading between 19,966.12 and 20,188.88. Turnover totaled 45.85 billion HK dollars (about 5.91 billion U.S. dollars).
The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index rose 16.01 points, or 0. 16 percent, to close at 9,867.76.
Two sub-indices gained ground, with the Finance sub-index rising by 0.06 percent and the Commerce and Industry 0.03 percent. The Properties fell 0.64 percent and the Utility lost 0.26 percent.
Banking giant HSBC, which accounts for the largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, rose 0.2 percent to close at 67.50 HK dollars, while its local unit Hang Seng Bank ended 0.4 percent higher at 109.70 HK dollars. Bank of East Asia, another Hong Kong's major bank, closed up 0.2 percent to 28.10 HK dollars. Local bourse operator HKEX advanced 0.9 percent to 109.10 HK dollars.
As for mainland-based financial stocks, China Construction Bank, the country's second largest bank which accounts for the third largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, lost 0.2 percent to 5.32 HK dollars. ICBC, the world's largest bank by market value, fell 0. 4 percent at 4.56 HK dollars. Bank of China was down 0.3 percent to 2.97 HK dollars. Bank of Communications, China's fifth biggest lender measured by assets, increased 0.4 percent at 5.25 HK dollars.
Local developers Hang Lung Properties decreased 2.2 percent to 27.20 HK dollars. Henderson Land, another major developer in Hong Kong, retreated 0.8 percent to 47.35 HK dollars, and Cheung Kong Holding, a powerful HK-based developer controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, slid 0.1 percent to 109.40 HK dollars.
As for energy stocks, China's top refiner Sinopec ended down 0. 4 percent to 7.33 HK dollars. PetroChina, the country's largest oil and gas producer, moved up 1.1 percent to 9.75 HK dollars. (1 U.S. dollar equals 7.75 HK dollars)