China manufacturing hold growth rate in Nov.: HSBC LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- HSBC's monthly survey of China's manufacturing sector printed at 50.8 for November, up from an initial estimate of 50.4 and almost unchanged from 50.9 the previous month. The results of the manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, released Monday by HSBC and Markit, showed the fourth straight month of rising production, with the growth at its fastest rate since March. The report indicated that production "was largely driven by domestic demand," as new export orders rose at only a fractional pace. The result was largely in line with China's government-sponsored version of the PMI, which was unchanged from October. Chinese stocks rose after the data, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index up 0.7%, compared to a 0.1% gain before the release. The Shanghai Composite swung from a 0.5% loss to a 0.2% gain. The Australian dollar rose to 91.58 U.S. cents from 91.40 U.S. cents, as China is a key market for Australian exports.