SE Asia Stocks-Thai shares fall ahead of court ruling on Prime Minister

martes 6 de mayo de 2014 06:36 GYT

BANGKOK, May 6 (Reuters) - Thai stocks fell to their lowest
in nearly three weeks on Tuesday as investors cashed in on
recent gains ahead of a court ruling on Wednesday in an abuse of
power case against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
    Thai SET index finished down 1.2 percent at
1,404.01, the lowest close since April 16. 
    Shares of Banpu Pcl were among top percentage
losers, down 4.1 percent. The stock hit a four-month high last
week on expectations that the coal miner would post strong
earnings for the January-March quarter on the back of high coal
    Shares of Vietnam were among underperformers, with the
benchmark stock index sliding to a near three-month low
amid widespread selling by retail investors. 
    In Jakarta, shares eased 0.2 percent as recent weak
first quarter GDP growth kept investors wary ahead of Bank
Indonesia's policy meeting on Thursday. 
    Indonesia's central bank is expected to keep its benchmark
policy rate unchanged, as pressures over inflation and a
widening current-account deficit have eased, a Reuters poll
    Domestic investors led among sellers in the region while
foreign investors recorded modest net buying after a subdued
session due to holidays in key Asian markets, including Japan
    Malaysian shares recorded foreign inflows of 25.14 million
ringgit ($7.7 million), Philippine a net 479.2 million peso
($10.8 million) and Indonesia a net 102.4 billion rupiah ($8.9
million), stock exchange and Thomson Reuters data showed.
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   418.94        419.80       -0.20
 Singapore          3245.56       3241.60       +0.12
 Kuala Lumpur       1860.43       1860.54       -0.01
 Bangkok            1404.01       1421.48       -1.23
 Jakarta            4834.47       4842.50       -0.17
 Manila             6765.93       6766.46       -0.01
 Ho Chi Minh         555.11        564.85       -1.72
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2013    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   418.94        388.37       +7.87
 Singapore          3245.56       3167.43       +2.47
 Kuala Lumpur       1860.43       1866.96       -0.35
 Bangkok            1404.01       1298.71       +8.11
 Jakarta            4834.47       4274.18      +13.11
 Manila             6765.93       5889.83      +14.87
 Ho Chi Minh         555.11        504.63      +10.00
* The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index is a
highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.    
($1 = 3.2555 Malaysian Ringgit)
($1 = 44.4100 Philippine Pesos)
($1 = 11517.5000 Indonesian Rupiah)

 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Additional reporting by Mai
Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Anand Basu)