June 19, 2019 / 3:42 AM / 4 months ago

REFILE-SE Asia Stocks-Rise as rate-cut hopes build up

 (Corrects day of the week to Wednesday from Thursday)
    * Investors hope Fed may follow ECB chief Draghi's easing
    * Focus on Philippine, Indonesia cenbank decisions on
    * Singapore jumps to near 6-week peak, Malaysia near 3-month

    By Rashmi Ashok
    June 19 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets rose on
Wednesday as comments by European Central Bank (ECB) President
Mario Draghi indicating the possibility of fresh rate cuts or
asset purchases fuelled talks of a worldwide wave of central
bank stimulus.
    Markets got an extra boost when U.S. President Donald Trump
confirmed that he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping
at the G20 summit later this month, and said talks between the
two countries would restart after a recent lull.
    "Dovish ECB and positive headway on trade war may spur
bargain hunting in Asia today. However, gains will likely be
capped with the market still waiting on the Fed," ING said in a
    Market participants now hope the U.S. Federal Reserve would
follow the ECB and open the door to future rate cuts. The Fed is
scheduled to release a statement at 1800 GMT on Wednesday,
followed by a press conference by Chairman Jerome Powell.

    The Philippine and Indonesian central banks are set to meet
on Thursday to review monetary policy. 
    "With increased odds of the Fed easing, we don't think Asian
central banks will resist easing pressure for too long... We now
see most Asian central banks riding a wave of easing by the next
quarter," ING said.
    Singapore stocks surged as much as 1.5% to a near
six-week high, with large caps gaining the most. Lenders DBS
Group Holdings and United Overseas Bank
packed on 3.1% and 2.1%, respectively.
    Indonesian shares climbed for a second straight
session with telecom and financial stocks dominating gains. 
Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk added 2.3%.
    Malaysian stocks hit a near three-month high, with
top gainer Malaysia Airports Holdings advancing as
much as 6.7%. Electric utility Tenaga Nasional rose
    Philippine shares edged higher, backed largely by
real estate stocks. Conglomerate Ayala Land rose 1.7%,
while property developer SM Prime Holdings added 1.2%.
    Vietnam shares jumped on the back of financial and
real estate stocks, while Thailand found support from
heavyweight energy stocks.
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 Change on the day                                
 Market                 Current   Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore              3285.88   3238.73         1.46
 Bangkok                1695.84   1683.6          0.73
 Manila                 7948.39   7922.04         0.33
 Jakarta                6307.311  6257.33         0.80
 Kuala Lumpur           1661.81   1652.76         0.55
 Ho Chi Minh            948.54    944.01          0.48
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Market                 Current   End 2018        Pct Move
 Singapore              3285.88   3068.76         7.08
 Bangkok                1695.84   1563.88         8.44
 Manila                 7948.39   7,466.02        6.46
 Jakarta                6307.311  6,194.50        1.82
 Kuala Lumpur           1661.81   1690.58         -1.70
 Ho Chi Minh            948.54    892.54          6.27
 (Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu
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