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As the world welcomes the Year of the Goat, the omens are not good for equities. Given the date of birth of Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index, handing it the attributes of an earth rooster, stocks in the city look set to reap only modest rewards.

We wish our readers Gong Xi Fa Cai – Kung Hei Fat Choi – success and prosperity in the year of the goat!