SE Asia Stocks-Singapore, Thailand lead declines on China selldown

jueves 7 de enero de 2016 00:42 GYT

BANGKOK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets
fell on Thursday along with Asian stocks after China opted to
keep guiding the yuan sharply lower, with energy shares leading
the pack due to a tumble in global oil prices.
    Losses in top energy-related firms such as Thailand's PTT
 and Singapore's Keppel Corp helped drag
Bangkok's SET index and the city-state's Straits Times
Index over 2 percent lower at one point. 
    Asian stocks, measured by MSCI's broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, dropped 2
percent. Shanghai shares tanked more than 7 percent and
trading was halted as the fall triggered a circuit breaker.
    Rising risk aversion over China overshadowed positive
economic data in the region, including a further recovery in
Thai consumer confidence in December and Philippine budget
surplus in November.  
    "The selling was mainly due to the weak sentiment in China.
The Thai stock market saw relatively moderate trading volumes
this morning because of more short sellers playing the bear
market," said an equity dealer with BT Securities in Bangkok.
    The Philippine index hovered near a more than
three-week low, Malaysia retreated after two days of
gains and Vietnam hit a two-week low.
    Stocks in Indonesia reversed the rally on Wednesday.
It hit a more than two-month high the day before as easing
inflation data underscored the prospect of low interest rates.
    Broker Bahana Securities said it expected a 25 basis point
cut in Bank Indonesia's policy rate in the first quarter of 2016
for a total decline of 75 basis points to 6.75 percent for 2016.
    "This would be one of the biggest rate cut in the region in
2016," said Harry Su, head of corporate strategy and research,
in a report.
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 Change at 0420 GMT
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore          2745.90       2804.27       -2.09
 Kuala Lumpur       1661.55       1667.97       -0.38
 Bangkok            1240.22       1260.04       -1.57
 Jakarta            4564.86       4608.98       -0.96
 Manila             6716.70       6813.90       -1.43
 Ho Chi Minh         569.69        574.57       -0.85
 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)