HKMA buys HK$11.78 bln from market as local currency hits weak end of trading range
(Removes reference to spokesman in last para)
HONG KONG, June 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's de-facto central bank bought HK$11.775 billion ($1.50 billion) from the market on Wednesday to stop the local currency weakening and breaking its peg to the U.S. dollar, a HKMA spokesman said.
The Hong Kong dollar HKD=D3 is pegged in a tight band of between 7.75 and 7.85 to the U.S. dollar.
The aggregate balance - the key gauge of cash in the banking system - will decrease to HK$294.562 billion on June 17. ($1 = 7.8499 Hong Kong dollars)
Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Meg Shen; Editing by Kirsten Donovan
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