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Capital surges into Hong Kong stocks from the mainland

Hudson Lockett

Chinese state media attacks have helped to send the shares in Hong Kong-listed companies tumbling in recent weeks, with criticism of the territory’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific even claiming the scalps of its chief executive and chairman. Since the start of the year, net purchases of Hong Kong stocks by mainland Chinese investors — made through stock connect programmes with bourses in Shanghai and Shenzhen — had climbed to almost HK$160bn ($20bn) by market close on Friday, close to double net inflows of HK$82.7bn for all of 2018. The buying frenzy also comes despite a dismal year for Hong Kong stocks.