SE Asia Stocks -Philippine snaps losing streak; cenbank keeps rates
BANGKOK, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Malaysian index hit a near two-week closing low on Thursday as tariff reduction concerns weighed on index heavyweight power firm Tenaga Nasional while the Philippine index ended two days of falls before the central bank decided to keep rates. Kuala Lumpur composite index finished down 0.6 percent at 1,789.07. It rebounded from an intraday low of 1,780.21, backed by better-than-expected economic data. Malaysia's economy grew a faster-than-expected 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier even as falling oil prices and sluggish global demand hit exports. Tenaga shares shed 5.3 percent, the worst drop since October 2008, after the government said it cut electricity tariff in Peninsular Malaysia and the Borneo state of Sabah following declines in prices of feedstock and crude oil. The Philippine index rebounded 0.4 percent after a 0.5 percent loss on Wednesday. The central bank said after market close that it left its benchmark interest rate on hold, as expected, and signalled it can stay on the sidelines for some time. Stocks in Singapore snapped two days of gains, while Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam rose marginally amid caution over the ongoing Greek debt negotiations. For Asian Companies click; For South East Asia Hot Stock reports, click; SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS Change on day Market Current Prev Close Pct Move Singapore 3419.17 3444.57 -0.74 Kuala Lumpur 1789.07 1798.95 -0.55 Bangkok 1613.40 1605.11 +0.52 Jakarta 5343.41 5336.52 +0.13 Manila 7714.59 7686.43 +0.37 Ho Chi Minh 584.67 581.76 +0.50 Change on year Market Current End 2014 Pct Move Singapore 3419.17 3365.15 +1.61 Kuala Lumpur 1789.07 1761.25 +1.58 Bangkok 1613.40 1497.67 +7.73 Jakarta 5343.41 5226.95 +2.23 Manila 7714.59 7230.57 +6.69 Ho Chi Minh 587.67 545.63 +7.70 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
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