By Hanna Paul
May 12 Most Southeast Asian stock markets were
flat to lower on Friday, with the Philippines declining for a
third time this week on profit-taking, while Indonesia posted
its biggest intraday percentage gain in three weeks.
Asian stocks slipped, tracking Wall Street which was dragged
down by a selloff in shares of department stores.
Philippine stocks fell as much as 1.1 percent to
their lowest in over a week, with real estate stocks declining
"The Philippine market has run up significantly in the past
few days, so many investors are cashing in on gains. Investors
are taking advantage of the fact that some companies are trading
near record levels," said Lexter Azurin, AVP - senior analyst at
AB Capital Securities.
"When we look at the valuations for the market on a PE
(price-earnings) basis, we are close to trading at 19 times
based on 2017 estimates and we're quite expansive compared to
Philippine shares had gained 13.1 percent this year as of
Singapore shares dropped as much as 0.4 percent with
financials such as United Overseas Bank and
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp leading the losses.
Noble Group shares slumped more than 30 percent,
after shedding 33 percent in the previous session. The
Singapore-listed commodity trader reported a quarterly loss on
Thursday, stoking worries that it was failing to recover from a
crisis-wracked two years. Founder Richard Elman stepped down
from the role of executive chairman.
Indonesian shares gained as much as 0.8 percent on
resumption of trade following a holiday on Thursday and were on
track to snap two straight sessions of losses.
Financial stocks such as PT Bank Mitraniaga Tbk
and PT Multi Indocitra Tbk led the gains on Friday.
Indonesia's retail sales in March grew 4.2 percent from a
year earlier, a faster pace than in February, a survey by Bank
Indonesia showed on Wednesday.
A survey of 700 retailers in 10 major cities predicted that
April's annual retail sales growth would be 5.4 percent.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS: Change as at 0338 GMT
Market Current Previous Pct Move
Singapore 3259.62 3271.11 -0.35
Bangkok 1544.45 1550.27 -0.38
Manila 7731.88 7816.4 -1.08
Jakarta 5686.709 5653.008 0.6
Kuala Lumpur 1776.61 1775.39 0.07
Ho Chi Minh 726.08 724.99 0.15
Change on year
Market Current End 2016 Pct Move
Singapore 3260.71 2880.76 13.19
Bangkok 1543.39 1542.94 0.03
Manila 7731.8 6840.64 13
Jakarta 5685.884 5296.711 7.35
Kuala Lumpur 1776.68 1641.73 8.22
Ho Chi Minh 726.2 664.87 9.2
(Reporting by Hanna Paul; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)