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HKEx to extend trading hours

(Xinhua)

14:01, March 02, 2012

HONG KONG, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The second phase of the new trading hours for securities and derivatives markets will be implemented from March 5, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited ( HKEx) said on Thursday.

Under the new hours, the continuous trading session of HKEx's securities market will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p. m. to 4 p.m. Currently, investors trade from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The trading hours of its derivatives markets will also change.

As a result, the publication windows for listed issuers to make listing rules-related announcements through the HKExnews website will also be revised.

HKEx announced in November 2010 that it will extend the trading hours of the securities and derivatives markets in two phases beginning in March 2011.

According to HKEx, the implementation of the second phase of the new trading hours is aimed at aligning the opening of the Hong Kong securities market's afternoon trading session with that of the Mainland market, and further increasing the overall competitiveness of HKEx's markets in the region.

HKEx arranged market simulation sessions to assist Exchange Participants and information vendors in verifying their readiness for the second phase of the new trading hours.

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