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SE Asia Stocks-Thai near 3-month high; US jobs data awaited
March 7, 2014 / 11:43 AM / 4 years ago

SE Asia Stocks-Thai near 3-month high; US jobs data awaited

March 7 (Reuters) - Thai stocks rose to a near three-month
high on Friday, gaining for a ninth straight session on hopes
the worst of the political unrest in the country was over, while
other Southeast Asian markets ended mixed ahead of a key U.S.
non-farm payrolls report later in the day.
    Investors are awaiting U.S. employment data for February
that is expected to provide clues about the pace at which the
U.S. Federal Reserve may reduce its monthly bond-buying,
analysts said.
    Thailand's SET index ended 0.2 percent firmer, led
by construction shares to its highest close since Dec. 12, after
having witnessed a net foreign inflow of $200 million in the
past five sessions through Thursday. 
    On Friday, however, Bangkok stocks witnessed foreign
investment outflow of $11.33 million.
    Although political turmoil in the country is yet to end,
some analysts believe the worst of the street unrest is over and
energy and tourism-related stocks are expected to outperform the
broader market.
    Singapore's share index ended 0.2 percent up at a
more than six-week high, gaining for a fourth straight session
and posting a fourth straight weekly gain, while Vietnam 
ended 0.2 percent firmer.
    Bucking the trend, the Jakarta Composite Index 
retreated from a more than five-month high, to close 0.04
percent lower.
    The Philippines index fell 0.5 percent and Malaysia
 ended 0.4 percent weaker from a more than four-week
    Foreign investors, however, snapped up $30.99 million worth
of shares in Manila and $9.80 million worth in Jakarta. 
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   404.94        404.40       +0.13
 Singapore          3136.26       3129.17       +0.23
 Kuala Lumpur       1832.26       1838.69       +0.35
 Bangkok            1355.08       1352.21       +0.21
 Jakarta            4685.89       4687.86       -0.04
 Manila             6481.83       6516.82       -0.54
 Ho Chi Minh         579.75        578.56       +0.21
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2013    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   404.94        388.37       +4.27
 Singapore          3136.26       3167.43       -0.98
 Kuala Lumpur       1832.26       1866.96       -1.86
 Bangkok            1355.08       1298.71       +4.34
 Jakarta            4685.99       4274.18       +9.63
 Manila             6481.83       5889.83      +10.05
 Ho Chi Minh         579.75        504.63      +14.89
* The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index               is a
highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
 Stock Market Volume (shares)
 Market          Current Volume    Average Volume 30 days
 Singapore         310,186,400          230,212,327      
 Kuala Lumpur       97,258,000          136,664,433      
 Bangkok             4,868,211            5,445,488      
 Jakarta         4,413,873,200        3,366,780,093    
 Manila                 73,562               85,390    
 Ho Chi Minh           157,003              132,285

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