August 30, 2019 / 3:56 AM / a year ago

SE Asia Stocks-Gain on fresh signs of Sino-U.S. trade discussions

    * Singapore marks biggest intraday pct gain in 2 months
    * Philippines touches its highest in nearly 3 weeks
    * Meetings on trade negotiation planned for Sept

    By Soumyajit Saha
    Aug 30 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets rose on
Friday, with Singapore leading the gains, tracking a global
upturn, as markets cheered signs of fresh trade negotiations
between Washington and Beijing. 
    Risk sentiment got a boost after U.S. President Donald Trump
announced on Thursday scheduled calls with China, ahead of a
looming deadline for additional U.S. tariffs. The announcement
comes after China said a round of meetings was planned for
    China though said progress in the talks would hinge on the
United States "creating" favourable conditions, adding that it
hoped Washington would cancel some of the tariffs set to kick in
on Sunday. 
    "An olive branch from China, but we don't think China is
about to acquiesce without the U.S. removing a lot of existing
tariffs and holding off from new ones," said Robert Carnell,
Head of Research, Asia-Pacific at ING Group.
    Investors were also focused on a string of economic releases
due over the weekend including China's official manufacturing
survey, which would provide a good gauge of the real impact from
the Sino-U.S. trade war.
    "U.S. public opinion would not welcome a weak trade deal
with China as much as they would not welcome a slowing economy,"
Robert explained, adding, "so yes, markets are happy today as a
goldfish is with a new rock in the tank to swim around, and
around, and around."
    Singapore shares saw their best session in nearly two
months, as index heavyweights DBS Group Holdings and
Jardine Matheson Holdings advanced 1.2% and 1.8%,
    Thai shares touched their highest in almost three
weeks, ahead of the country's July trade balance data due later
in the day. Exports in Thailand declined on a year-on-year basis
in June, while trade surplus had climbed from May.
    The benchmark index, lifted by the energy and financial
sectors, saw lender Kasikornbank PCL posting gains of
1.3%, while oil explorer and distributor PTT PCL
climbed 1.2% 
    Real estate stocks helped the Philippine benchmark index
 touch its highest in about three weeks, with SM Prime
Holdings gaining up to 1.4%, while Ayala Corp
rose 0.5%.        
    Indonesian stocks extended gains into a fourth
session, underpinned by the banking sector. Bank Mandiri
(Persero) and Bank Central Asia rose 1.5%
and 0.7%, respectively.
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 STOCK MARKETS                                    
 Change on the day                                
 Market                 Current   Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore              3105.55   3081.83         0.77
 Bangkok                1651.03   1639.14         0.73
 Manila                 7949.51   7892.81         0.72
 Jakarta                6311.981  6289.119        0.36
 Kuala Lumpur           1603.42   1595.18         0.52
 Ho Chi Minh            983.04    978.59          0.45
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Market                 Current   End 2018        Pct Move
 Singapore              3105.55   3068.76         1.20
 Bangkok                1651.03   1563.88         5.57
 Manila                 7949.51   7,466.02        6.48
 Jakarta                6311.981  6,194.50        1.90
 Kuala Lumpur           1603.42   1690.58         -5.16
 Ho Chi Minh            983.04    892.54          10.14
 (Reporting by Soumyajit Saha, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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