September 20, 2019 / 10:11 AM / 5 months ago

SE Asia Stocks-Most end lower; Philippines extends losses

    * Most markets close lower for the week
    * Philippines slides for fourth straight session
    * Thai shares slump to 3-week low after weak Aug export data

    By Anushka Trivedi
    Sept 20 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell
on Friday, with Philippines declining for a fourth straight
session, as fears of an escalation in the Middle East tension
gathered pace. 
    The markets were volatile all week, after the United States
blamed Tehran for the attack on Saudi oil facilities over the
weekend and said it was "locked and loaded" for a potential
    "There is fear of further tensions in the Middle East. 
That's why emerging markets such as the Philippines have been
suffering due to hot money outflows. So, the funds are going
back to safe-haven assets," Rachel Cruz, research analyst at AP
Securities said. 
    The Philippine benchmark index was in the red for a
fourth straight session, bogged down by financials.
    Index heavyweights SM Prime Holdings and Ayala
Land Inc dropped 2% and 2.2%, respectively, whereas the
benchmark shed 1.5% for the week.
    Vietnam shares slipped 0.7% on weakness in financial
stocks, while adding 0.3% for the week to be the only gainer in
the region. 
    The Thai bourse skidded to a three-week low after
data showed a 4% slump in exports for August. The decline was
bigger than a Reuters forecast of a 2% fall in shipments, the
main driver of Thai growth.
    Among top losers were industrial and financial stocks, while
the index lost 1.6% for the week.      
    Indonesian stocks fell for a second session with
financial and consumer sectors dominating losses and logged a
1.6% fall this week. 
    The country's central bank eased interest rates on Thursday
and relaxed lending rules in a bid to revive the sluggish
economy, but the move failed to lift sentiment as fears of
waning growth kicked in.
    The bank's governor indicated that the economy is weaker
than expected, with analysts at ANZ seeing the effectiveness of
monetary policy in bolstering growth to be quite limited. 

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 Change on the day                                
 Market                 Current   Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore              3159.68   3158.8          0.03
 Bangkok                1636.2    1640.66         -0.27
 Manila                 7871.11   7911.32         -0.51
 Jakarta                6231.473  6244.47         -0.21
 Kuala Lumpur           1597.41   1596.28         0.07
 Ho Chi Minh            990.36    997.1           -0.68
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Market                 Current   End 2018        Pct Move
 Singapore              3159.68   3068.76         2.96
 Bangkok                1636.2    1563.88         4.62
 Manila                 7871.11   7,466.02        5.43
 Jakarta                6231.473  6,194.50        0.60
 Kuala Lumpur           1597.41   1690.58         -5.51
 Ho Chi Minh            990.36    892.54          10.96

 (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru; editing by
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