SE Asia Stocks -Malaysian shares retreat; Philippine index down

martes 20 de enero de 2015 07:37 GYT

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Malaysian stocks retreated on
Tuesday after the government cut its economic growth forecast
and on a potential credit ratings downgrade, while the
Philippine index fell for a second day amid foreign-led selling
in shares of energy-related firms.
    The Kuala Lumpur composite index closed down 0.2
percent at 1,750.11, falling from Monday's near three-week high
amid selling in recent gainers including Tenaga Nasional
    The Malaysian government widened its fiscal deficit target
to 3.2 percent of gross domestic product for 2015 and cut its
forecast for economic growth to adjust its budget after a sharp
fall in earnings from oil and gas. 
    Credit ratings agency Fitch said it would review Malaysia's
rating in the first half of 2015 and that it may downgrade the
sovereign. Standard & Poor's said a prolonged slump in oil
prices could derail Malaysia's fiscal consolidation plan.
    The Philippine index fell 0.4 percent to 7,452.81,
extending Monday's weakness which came after a record close of
7,490.88 on Jan. 14.
    Foreign investors sold shares worth a net 270 million peso
($6.05 million), with outflows mostly hitting shares of energy
related firms such as Energy Development Corp and
Aboitiz Power Corp, stock exchange data showed.
    Broker Regina Capital Development Corp said it maintained a
2015 index target of 7,800, citing a fall in energy costs.
    "We're still bullish on Philippine equities, especially with
companies/industries that use oil/oil-related items for their
overhead expenses," said analyst Jason Bibit.

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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore          3334.02       3307.70       +0.80
 Kuala Lumpur       1750.11       1753.31       -0.18
 Bangkok            1535.09       1535.37       -0.02
 Jakarta            5166.09       5152.09       +0.27
 Manila             7452.81       7485.32       -0.43
 Ho Chi Minh         572.22        571.51       +0.12
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2014    Pct Move
 Singapore          3334.02       3365.15       -0.93
 Kuala Lumpur       1750.11       1761.25       -0.63
 Bangkok            1535.09       1497.67       +2.50
 Jakarta            5166.09       5226.95       -1.16
 Manila             7452.81       7230.57       +3.07
 Ho Chi Minh         572.22        545.63       +4.87
 ($1 = 44.5950 Philippine pesos)

 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)