The benchmark index finished 253.15 points higher at 13,408.27. Anthony Mak, sales director at Vickers Ballas, said: "The US inflation figure was not that alarming. There might be a chance of a rate rise at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting but there might not be a second one."
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THE BLUE-CHIP Hang Seng index closed up 1.92 per cent yesterday after flat US inflation data allayed fears that at least one US interest rate rise was in the offing.