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HONG KONG, Nov 19 AFP

November 19 2012, 8:55PM

Hong Kong shares have closed up 0.49 per cent following a positive lead from Wall Street on hopes US politicians will be able to avert a looming fiscal crisis.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 103.35 points to end at 21,262.36 on turnover of HK$46.24 billion ($A5.78 billion) on Monday.

Chinese shares ended up 0.11 per cent, or 2.25 points, at 2,016.98 on turnover of 36.1 billion yuan ($A5.63 billion), after briefly dipping below a key support level to a nearly four-year low on worries over the domestic economy.