SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia near 8-month high; cbank keeps rate as expected

jueves 13 de marzo de 2014 06:30 GYT

BANGKOK, March 13 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets
mostly gained on Thursday, with Thai shares outperforming amid
selective buying in dividend-yielding stocks, while Indonesia
ended near an eight-month high as consumer shares rose ahead of
an interest rate decision.
    Thai SET index closed up 1.04 percent at 1,370.50,
the highest since Dec. 4. Shares of Bangkok Bank, PTT
 and Siam Cement were among the outperformers 
in the top 30 high dividend stocks.
    Indonesia's main index finished up 0.9 percent at
4,726.17, the highest close since July 23, led by consumer
related stocks, including Unilever Indonesia and
Telkom Indonesia.
    Bank Indonesia held its benchmark reference rate unchanged
at 7.50 percent, as widely expected, because pressures over the
inflation rate and the rupiah have eased. The decision came
after market close on Thursday. 
    Vietnam was up 0.88 percent, the seventh gain in a
row, boosted by investors' growing confidence in the macro
    Malaysia pared earlier gain, ending nearly unchanged
at 1,818.86 after the country's industrial production 
in January rose 3.7 percent from a year earlier, below
    Stocks in Singapore and the Philippines fell
for a second session, amid selling in recent gainers such as
shares of Keppel Corp and Philippine Long Distance
Telephone Co.
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   403.79        401.02       +0.69
 Singapore          3081.39       3097.43       -0.52
 Kuala Lumpur       1818.86       1818.60       +0.01
 Bangkok            1370.50       1356.42       +1.04
 Jakarta            4726.17       4684.39       +0.89
 Manila             6429.79       6462.47       -0.51
 Ho Chi Minh         595.22        590.02       +0.88
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2013    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   403.79        388.37       +3.97
 Singapore          3081.39       3167.43       -2.72
 Kuala Lumpur       1818.86       1866.96       -2.58
 Bangkok            1370.50       1298.71       +5.53
 Jakarta            4726.17       4274.18      +10.57
 Manila             6429.79       5889.83       +9.17
 Ho Chi Minh         595.22        504.63      +17.95
* The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index               is a
highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
 Stock Market Volume (shares)
 Market          Current Volume    Average Volume 30 days
 Singapore         234,631,800          229,457,663      
 Kuala Lumpur      136,052,500          129,620,007      
 Bangkok             6,238,328            5,673,208      
 Jakarta         5,196,923,200        3,614,401,927    
 Manila                 59,295               83,429    
 Ho Chi Minh           133,779              138,728