Hong Kong shares to open up 0.7 pct ahead of China data

HONG KONG Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:27am GMT

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HONG KONG Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares were set to start higher on Friday, with Chinese banks among the major influences on benchmark indexes ahead of a slew of China data that should buttress expectations of a recovery in the world's second-largest economy.

The Hang Seng Index was set to open up 0.7 percent at 23,509.5. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings was indicated to start up 1 percent.