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Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock link sparks renewed appetite for mainland shares

Besides MSCI index addition, big consumer stocks draw global investors

Guests attend the launch of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program at Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing's exhibition hall on Dec. 5, 2016.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A year in, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program is bringing a steady flow of foreign capital to the mainland bourse as investors snap up yuan-denominated A-shares to be included in an international index and seek to capitalize on growing consumer spending. Contrary to the similar arrangement with Shanghai that kicked off two years in advance, global investors are drawn into Shenzhen where less overlaps with Hong Kong and more consumption-related small caps in the constituencies.

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