SE Asia Stocks -Most weaker; Philippine shares off all time highs

jueves 29 de enero de 2015 03:25 GYT
 

BANGKOK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Philippine index retreated
on Thursday as investors sold in an overbought market after a
rally driven by upbeat economic data, while most others stock
markets in the region pulled lower with Asia spooked by the U.S.
Federal Reserve's signal of a possible rate hike.
    Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Fed took
an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains
firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an
uncertain global outlook.  
    The Philippine composite index edged down 0.17
percent.
    It earlier hit an intraday all-time high of 7,736.97 which
briefly sent the index's 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI)
above 70, an overbought level.
    The Philippine economy grew an annual 6.9 percent in the
fourth quarter, boosted by strength in the industrial sector,
rounding out 2014 as the fastest-growing economy in Asia.
 
    Malaysia's index eased 0.7 percent to 1,782.51,
heading for a second straight day of loss. Energy stocks were
among those actively traded amid low oil prices, with
Sapurakencana Petroleum down 0.7 percent and Tenaga
Nasional off 1.5 percent.
    Maybank IB Research said in a report it maintained an
end-year 2015 target for the index at 1,830 and that its
strategy on the market was still defensive. Its recent roadshow
reflected bearish sentiment among institutional investors.
    "Our take is that most of the funds we met have reasonably
reduced their exposure to Malaysian equities since the roil on
crude oil price began ... This is to be expected since investors
generally do not like uncertainties," the report said.
    Bucking the trend, Singapore shares eked out slim
gains as investors still digested the Singapore central bank's
unexpected easing of its monetary policy on Wednesday to slow
the appreciation of the Singapore dollar. 
    "Particularly for foreign investors, this is a double whammy
coming after the fall in equity and asset prices, and may lead
to a reassessment of portfolios," said broker NRA Capital in a
report.
    Large caps were mixed, with shares of DBS Group Holdings
 down 0.2 percent and Keppel Corp up 1.3
percent.
    
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS
 Change at 0637 GMT
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore          3422.88       3419.15       +0.11 
 Kuala Lumpur       1782.51       1795.88       -0.74
 Bangkok            1591.56       1592.81       -0.08
 Jakarta            5265.18       5268.85       -0.07
 Manila             7647.90       7661.18       -0.17
 Ho Chi Minh         583.02        583.76       -0.13
 
 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)