April 26, 2017 / 5:13 AM / a year ago

SE Asia Stocks-Largely up; Indonesia hits record high

    By Susan Mathew
    April 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose
on Wednesday, tracking a relief rally in global markets after
the first round of the French presidential election and optimism
surrounding an expected U.S. tax reform announcement later in
the day.
    Indonesian stocks rose as much as 0.45 percent to a
fresh high, led by energy and financials, before paring gains to
trade marginally higher. United Tractors rose 4.9
percent while Bank Mandiri climbed 2.6 percent.
    An index of Indonesia's 45 most liquid stocks was
up marginally for the fourth straight day.
    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
 rose 0.4 percent.
    U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing to slash the
corporate income tax rate and offer multinational businesses a
steep tax break on overseas profits brought into the United
States, officials said late on Tuesday.
    Singapore shares were 0.3 percent higher with Jardine
Cycle & Carriage Ltd gaining 0.7 percent and DBS Group
Holdings Ltd adding 0.5 percent.
    The city-state's industrial production in March, due later
on Wednesday, is expected to have risen from the year earlier to
7.1 percent, a Reuters poll showed.
    "Any sign of moderation (in industrial production) on a
sequential basis could signal a flattening out in the upward
trend for manufacturing seen over the past nine months," DBS
Group Research said in a note.
    "The outcome for March industrial production will have
implication on the final GDP figure for 1Q17. Any outcome beyond
the (expected) level will likely bring about an upward
    Philippine shares eased from six-month highs touched
in the previous session and were marginally lower as investors
took profit after a four-day rally.
    "There is some profit-taking after the strong performance.
They (Philippine markets) rallied over the past few days after
the favourable outcome of the French elections," said April
Lee-Tan, head of research at COL Financial Group.
    PLDT Inc declined one percent while Aboitiz Equity
Ventures Inc shed 1.9 percent.
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  Market            Current       Previous Close   Pct Move
  Singapore         3172.89       3163.93          0.28
  Bangkok           1563.44       1562.27          0.07
  Manila            7685.17       7700.46          -0.20
  Jakarta           5686.865      5680.796         0.11
  Kuala Lumpur      1768.9        1765.8           0.18
  Ho Chi Minh       709.85        707.58           0.32
  Change on year                                   
  Market            Current       End 2016         Pct Move
  Singapore         3172.89       2880.76          10.14
  Bangkok           1563.44       1542.94          1.33
  Manila            7685.17       6840.64          12.3
  Jakarta           5686.865      5296.711         7.37
  Kuala Lumpur      1768.9        1641.73          7.75
  Ho Chi Minh       709.85        664.87           6.8
 (Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Vyas Mohan)
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