April 18, 2013 (Chinavestor) Stocks were mixed in China on Thursday as global markets lost direction. The Shanghai Composite Index (SHA:000001) rose a mere 0.2% while the Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG:.HSI) shed 57.1 points or 0.3%. China's GDP growth came below expectations earlier the week, setting a sober tone for the Shanghai Composite. Investors in Hong Kong eye US data closely and expressed concern reflecting on a triple digit fall of the Dow on Wednesday. Defensive large telecoms did well in China while airliners gave back some of their gains earlier the week. Resource and metal stocks continued to slide in Hong Kong as global demand looks uncertain.