* SSEC 0.5%, CSI300 0.6%, HSI 1.2%
* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 2%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 0%
* FTSE China A50 +0.8%
BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - China shares rose on Wednesday, led by consumer and healthcare shares, as investors cheered upbeat factory activity surveys.
** At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.45% at 3,238.86 and the blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.63%.
** China’s factory activity extended solid growth in September, surveys showed, as the nation’s crucial exports engine revved up on improving overseas demand and underlined a steady economic recovery from the coronavirus shock.
** China’s consumer stocks also climbed ahead of Golden Week holiday, as investors expect robust consumption during the break, supported by a raft of measures deployed by Beijing to boost domestic consumption.
** The CSI300 consumer staples index added 1.64%, and has gained more than 40% so far this year.
** China’s markets will be closed for the national holiday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8.
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong rose 1.67% to 9,436.77, while the Hang Seng Index was up 1.18% at 23,549.47.
** The property sub-index of Hang Seng rose by 2.56% on Wednesday, with HK-listed China Evergrande Group hitting a 5-week high, after the firm secured support from its investors amid mounting liquidity crunch concerns.
** The start-up board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 1.19% and Shanghai’s tech-focused STAR50 index was up 2.96%.
** Investors may actively fish opportunities amid thin trade and external market uncertainties ahead of the week-long holiday, according to China Fortune Securities Co.
** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.05% while Japan’s Nikkei index was down 0.98%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.8126 per U.S. dollar, 0.03% firmer than the previous close of 6.8149.
Reporting by Cheng Leng in Beijing, Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith in Shanghai; editing by Uttaresh.V
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