July 22, 2019 / 10:25 AM / 2 months ago

SE Asia Stocks-Fall on prospect of a smaller U.S. rate-cut; Singapore leads losses

    * Singapore to announce headline, core inflation rate on
Tuesday
    * Thai shares slip after June exports decline 

    By Anushka Trivedi
    July 22 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended
lower on Monday, with Singapore leading losses, after a report
dashed hopes of an aggressive interest rate cut by the U.S.
central bank.
    The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that the Fed was
likely to ease rates by 25 basis points by July-end, as opposed
to an expected 50 bps cut.
    Last week, New York Fed President John Williams initially
fuelled hopes of larger rate cut by calling for more stimulus
but shortly after, his comments were recanted to show that they
were meant to be observations rather than suggestions.
 
    Singapore's benchmark index slid the most in two
weeks, weighed down by industrial and financial stocks.
    Shopping-mall landlord Capitaland Mall Trust
dropped 1.5% ahead of second-quarter results announcement on
Tuesday, while lender United Overseas Bank Ltd fell
0.5%.
   The city-state is due to release its headline and core
inflation rate for June later on Tuesday, which is mostly
expected to have slowed down, a Reuters poll showed.

    Meanwhile, Thai stocks edged lower after its exports
fell for a fourth straight month in June, while imports also
shrank.
    TMB Bank PCL, one of the country's biggest by
market value, fell as much as 2.1% after reporting a decline in
quarterly profit.
    Investors will stay watchful of financial conditions in the
near term, such as share prices and corporate earnings in the
U.S., to gauge the magnitude of the Fed's rate cuts, Eugene
Leow, rates strategist at DBS, said. 
    "Stock prices have been remarkably resilient thus far,
suggesting that the easing cycle may be shallow", Leow added.
    Philippine stocks fell 0.3% to pare some of its
earlier losses, with the industrial sector straining the
benchmark.
    Marine port services provider International Container
Terminal Services Inc dipped 2.8%. Earlier in the day,
the company said it signed an agreement to acquire Libra
Terminal Rio S.A. after winning the bid for the Brazil-based
company last week.
    Indonesian shares ticked down, while Vietnam stocks
 were unchanged. 
    
    
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS
 Change on the day                                
 Market                 Current   Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore              3357.22   3377.96         -0.61
 Bangkok                1727.58   1735.1          -0.43
 Manila                 8246.83   8270.07         -0.28
 Jakarta                6433.547  6456.539        -0.36
 Kuala Lumpur           1655.4    1658.19         -0.17
 Ho Chi Minh            982.04    982.34          -0.03
                                                  
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Market                 Current   End 2018        Pct Move
 Singapore              3357.22   3068.76         9.40
 Bangkok                1727.58   1563.88         10.47
 Manila                 8246.83   7,466.02        10.46
 Jakarta                6433.547  6,194.50        3.86
 Kuala Lumpur           1655.4    1690.58         -2.08
 Ho Chi Minh            982.04    892.54          10.03
 


 (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru; editing by
Uttaresh.V)
  
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