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SE Asia Stocks-Cautious on China data; Philippines slides to over 11-mth low

* Mixed China economic data keeps investors wary

* Philippines falls for 3rd straight session

* Malaysia sees 8th winning session in 9

By Nikhil Nainan

April 17 (Reuters) - Stock markets in southeast Asia were

largely cautious on Tuesday as investors weighed up a mixed bag

of economic data out of China while the Philippine index slumped

to an over-11-month low.

China's economy grew 6.8 percent in the first quarter of

2018 from a year earlier, official data showed, unchanged from

the previous quarter. But separate data showed March industrial

output missed expectations and first-quarter fixed-asset

investment growth slowed, tempering equity market sentiment.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan

slipped 0.5 percent.

Philippine shares closed 1.9 percent lower, marking a

third consecutive session of losses.

There has been strong selling in the Philippines since late

February, said Fio Dejesus, an analyst at Manila-based RCBC


Although consolidation began last month, investors still

seem bearish, he said, adding the index might pick up from the

7,500 level.

The index has fallen 9.8 percent so far this year.

Financials were among the biggest losers, with BDO Unibank

Inc, SM Investments Corp and Bank of the

Philippine Islands falling between 1.7 percent and 3.6


Indonesian shares were little changed as losses in

financials outweighed gains in energy stocks.

Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk PT fell 2.2 percent,

but losses on the index were capped by a 4.4 percent gain in

United Tractors Tbk PT.

Singapore shares closed marginally higher. Top lender

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd climbed 1 percent to

a near-four-week high, while DBS Group Holdings Ltd

closed up 0.6 percent, hitting its highest in nearly five weeks.

Malaysian shares clocked their eighth winning

session in nine, ending up 0.1 percent after hitting their

highest in three and a half years earlier.

Gains from lender CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and

telecom company DiGi.Com Bhd kept the index afloat.

Vietnam shares closed up 0.4 percent, while Thai

shares fell 0.7 percent.

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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3498.2 3497.19 0.03

Bangkok 1755.53 1767.17 -0.66

Manila 7723.39 7870.25 -1.87

Jakarta 6285.762 6286.748 -0.02

Kuala Lumpur 1880.49 1878.76 0.09

Ho Chi Minh 1153.28 1148.49 0.42

Change on year

Market Current End 2017 Pct Move

Singapore 3498.2 3402.92 2.80

Bangkok 1755.53 1753.71 0.10

Manila 7723.39 8558.42 -9.76

Jakarta 6285.762 6355.654 -1.10

Kuala Lumpur 1880.49 1796.81 4.66

Ho Chi Minh 1153.28 984.24 17.17

(Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan; Editing by Sunil Nair)