HONG KONG, March 17 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks are likely to tumble further on Monday, with analysts and brokers saying new problems in the credit market are eroding confidence and could possibly knock the main index to August levels.
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"We'll see a 1,000-point drop," said Francis Lun, general manager at Fulbright Securities.
At that level, about 21,200 points, Hong Kong equities would revisit the lows last seen in August when global markets reeled from credit woes.
"The meltdown in U.S. financials is not unexpected, and the turmoil in China will hurt airlines, tourism sectors," Lun said.
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The benchmark Hang Seng Index <.HSI> ended down 0.3 percent at 22,237.11 on Friday. The China Enterprises Index of Hong Kong-listed mainland companies <.HSCE>, or H shares, finished down 1.7 percent at 11,891.42.