HONG KONG, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Hong Kong shares opened up 0.9 percent on Monday as investors applauded the first day of tradingof the spots Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect plan. The Hang Seng index opened higher adhering to astronger opening in the index futures, which rose 1percent. Ahead of the launch, Hong Kong’s stock market hasrallied almost 14 percent since it was revealed in April. The trading link will certainly permit worldwide investors tradeShanghai-listed shares directly for the first time through the HongKong stock market, as well as landmass China financiers to trade inHong Kong shares via the Shanghai Stock market. It marks most current step to opening China’s tightlycontrolled capital markets. View related factbox (Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Modifying by Kim Coghill)Investment & & Firm InformationFinanceHong KongHong Kong stock exchange