U.S. Markets closed

SE Asia Stocks-Climb on trade optimism; Thailand top gainer

* Vietnam extends gains to 4-1/2-month closing high

* Singapore flat, Jan inflation below expectations

By Shriya Ramakrishnan

Feb 25 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets rose on

Monday, in line with broader Asia, after U.S. President Donald

Trump said he would delay a planned tariff hike on Chinese goods

following "productive" trade negotiations.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he would push back the March 1

deadline for a scheduled hike in tariffs on Chinese imports, and

said he looked forward to a meeting with Chinese President Xi

Jinping to secure a deal if progress in talks continued.

Broader Asian markets inched higher, with MSCI's broadest

index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan

hitting its highest since October.

Thai stocks hit a more than two-month high in

broad-based gains and were the top performers in Southeast Asia.

State energy firm PTT Pcl gained 1 percent, while

convenience store operator CP All Pcl rose 1.9

percent.

Vietnam shares climbed for a sixth straight session

to their highest close in more than four-and-a-half months,

supported by financial and consumer stocks.

The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet

Nam, Vietnam's largest listed bank, advanced 2.3

percent, while Vietnam Dairy Products JSC rose 1.8

percent.

Malaysian shares were marginally higher as a fall in

telecom giant Axiata Group Bhd kept the benchmark

stock index in check.

Shares of Axiata Group fell 1.9 percent after the telecom

company reported a quarterly net loss of 1.66 billion ringgit

($407.86 million), compared with a profit of 24.7 million

ringgit a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Singapore shares ended flat after trading

lower for most parts of the session.

The city-state's annual consumer price inflation slowed to

0.4 percent in January from 0.5 percent the previous month, and

authorities lowered their inflation forecast for 2019 citing an

expected decline in global oil prices for the year.

The data comes amidst a slowdown in economic growth in

Singapore and a warning from the trade ministry that

manufacturing is likely to face significant moderation this

year.

The Philippine stock market was closed for a holiday.

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS

Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3272.35 3269.9 0.07

Bangkok 1671.75 1659.2 0.76

Jakarta 6525.358 6501.378 0.37

Kuala Lumpur 1724.58 1721.42 0.18

Ho Chi Minh 994.43 988.91 0.56

Change so far in 2019

Market Current End 2018 Pct Move

Singapore 3272.35 3068.76 6.63

Bangkok 1671.75 1563.88 6.90

Manila 7962.13 7,466.02 6.64

Jakarta 6525.358 6,194.50 5.34

Kuala Lumpur 1724.58 1690.58 2.01

Ho Chi Minh 994.43 892.54 11.42

($1 = 4.0700 ringgit)

(Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by

Subhranshu Sahu)