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China stocks have seen slight changes in Friday’s session, but the benchmark index bound its fourth week of declines, while raising concerns continued toward the strength of the economic recovery of the country.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong shares plunged, reaching a new record of two-month low, fueled by shares on energy and tech sectors.

Shares of China for the week was seen as bearish, but has finally ended. The blue-chip CSI300 index remained flat at 3,088.78 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index settled at 2,837.01 points after the market close.  

The Shanghai Composite lost about 2.6 percent for the week.

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It was reported that investors’ confidence had been triggered by a published article, citing signals of recession if China would continue to use rapid credit expansion to fuel growth. In addition, the economic trend of China was also given comments, considering an “L-shaped”, which suggests that it has shifted away from the stimulus initiatives of China through credit expansion policies.

The surprising shift finds support from data that shows the country’s fiscal expenditures, which rallied by about 4.5 percent in April from the prior year, gradually moving from a 20.1 percent increase in March, according to the data.    

Investors will closely watch on economic data expected to be announced during the weekend.

Conversely, performance of the sectors was mixed on Friday’s session. Banking and industrial sectors slightly increase, but transportation and infrastructure shares declined.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost about 1.0 percent, to 19,726.40 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index decreased 1.1 percent, to 8,321.58.

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Analysts say, economy of Hong Kong has been likely at its weakest level in an annual basis for over four years amid the first quarter, fueled by China’s sluggish activity, including declines on retail sales and slump on asset prices.   

Most of Hong Kong’s sectors were seen dropping, led by energy and tech, which sent shares to drop.

Asian Shares Plunge, Yen Surges

Asian shares dropped on Friday’s session after showing a rough performance, while it was backed, increasing near two-week lows as investors ventured the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and aims to consider adding massive stimulus not too long.

European shares also started stiffly, as financial spread betters anticipated Britain’s FTSE 100 to trade at the opening bell by about 0.2 percent lower, while Germany’s DAX is expected to post a 0.3 percent decline, and France’s CAC 40 slightly moved.