Oct 11 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets firmed up
on Friday as optimism over progress in Washington to avert a
possible debt default helped to boost sentiment for risky assets
in the region.
President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready
to end a political crisis that has shuttered much of the U.S.
government and pushed the country dangerously close to a
By 0644 GMT, the Philippines main stock index was up
1 percent to a three-week high while Singapore's Straits Times
index, which is heading for its first weekly gain in
the last three weeks, traded 0.7 percent firmer at a more-than
Thailand's main index was up 0.5 percent, trading at
its highest level in two weeks.
"Sentiment is very positive for the time being, expecting
Obama will deal with the debt default risk," said Teerada
Charnyingyong, a strategist with Bangkok-based Phillip
Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index was up 0.6
percent, its highest in more than two weeks, while Malaysia
was up 0.7 percent to a two-week high. Vietnam,
the region's best performer so far this year, gained 0.6
percent, recovering from a one-week low.
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS
Change at 0644 GMT
Market Current Prev Close Pct Move
TR SE Asia Index* 416.29 412.51 +0.92
Singapore 3192.89 3169.91 +0.72
Kuala Lumpur 1787.96 1775.92 +0.68
Bangkok 1458.79 1451.91 +0.47
Jakarta 4512.12 4486.68 +0.57
Manila 6496.97 6435.97 +0.95
Ho Chi Minh 497.82 494.81 +0.61