Hong Kong stocks down at open

Hong Kong: Hong Kong stocks edged down in the first few minutes of trade on Friday as profit-takers cashed out following the previous day’s surge.

The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.24 percent, or 61.78 points, to 26,041.56.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.06 percent, or 1.61 points, to 2,669.78, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, added 0.08 percent, or 1.12 points, to 1,399.52.