Hong Kong stocks fell 0.41 percent in the first few minutes of trade Monday after strong US data raised expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates sooner rather than later.

The Hang Seng Index slipped 112.92 points to 27,147.24.

In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.27 percent, or 13.40 points, to 5,036.50.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, lost 1.35 percent, or 41.29 points, to 3,010.67.

Source : AFP