Leading financial markets operator NYSE Euronext is interested in listing on Shanghai's imminent international board.
Mainland stocks fell, sending the benchmark index to a three-week low, on concern Europe's debt crisis and Chinese property curbs will hurt earnings growth.
High-profile dealmaker and former Goldman Sachs top Asian executive Fred Hu has decided to launch a $10 billion private equity (PE) fund after exiting from the race for a senior position in the nation's central bank, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Overseas talents eyeing China chance
Hong Kong stocks slid 33.15 points, or 0.17 percent, to close at 19,545.83 on Thursday.
Chinese equities fell for the second consecutive day Thursday on the back of falls in gold mining and financial shares.
The ChiNext stock market was down Thursday as only 12 of the 82 stocks at China's start-up board for small and medium-sized enterprises closed up.
China's stock index futures closed down Thursday with the contract for May, the most actively traded, down 1.16 percent to end at 2,735 points from the previous trading day.
Soybean futures advanced, ending the longest losing streak since January, while corn and wheat gained on concern cooler weather may delay planting in China.
China's stocks fell, led by developers and shipping companies, on concern Europe's debt crisis and government measures to contain home prices will damp demand for Chinese exports and hurt earnings.
China's real estate investment trust (REITs) plan is now in the last lap of approval from the State Council, after getting the green light from the concerned ministries, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Cotton prices surged to a new record high on Wednesday, fueled by a tight supply and low stockpiles of the fiber in the domestic market.
Majority shareholders are in a buyback boom amid China's sluggish market, the China Business News reported Wednesday.