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SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia rises; others trade flat-to-lower

* Indonesian stocks rise after profit taking on Monday

* Philippine stocks down; trading thin in wake of earthquake

By Ambar Warrick

April 23 (Reuters) - Indonesian stocks rose, while most

other Southeast Asian markets traded flat-to-lower on Tuesday as

concerns over China slowing its pace of policy easing kept early

trading subdued.

Chinese stocks had dropped on Monday after comments from top

policymakers suggested that monetary easing may be more prudent

going forward. Regional markets had seen small movements during

the session.

Local markets have been especially sensitive to developments

in China, given its status as their largest trading partner.

Prospects about a stimulus in China, particularly through easier

lending and increased industrial production, spurred Southeast

Asian markets higher this year.

On Tuesday, Indonesian markets rose about 0.4

percent, as consumer stocks led gains with Unilever Indonesia

and Astra International adding about 1.4

percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Both stocks had seen

rampant profit taking on Monday, and are expected to report

their quarterly earnings this week.

Spirits have been high over the re-election prospects of

incumbent leader Joko Widodo, who has promised to ramp up

development of domestic infrastructure.

On the other hand, Philippine stocks led declines,

losing about 0.8 percent with industrials and financials leading

broad-based losses.

Industrial conglomerate SM Investments Corp shed

about 0.7 percent, while financial conglomerate Ayala Corp

dropped 1.2 percent.

Philippines suspended foreign exchange trading and a

treasury bond auction on Tuesday, officials said, due to the

impact of a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the main island of

Luzon, causing disruption in Manila and nearby provinces.

Trading volumes in the region were at a fifth of their

30-day average. The Philippine economy is also expected to take

a hit from resurgent oil prices, given its large, oil-driven

trade deficit.

Singapore stocks declined about 0.2 percent, with financials

weighing the most. DBS Group, the country's largest

lender, shed about 0.2 percent.

March inflation data, due later in the day, is expected to

have accelerated on to higher transport costs, according to a

Reuters poll. However, given Singapore's lukewarm inflation

outlook for 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is likely

to keep its setting unchanged for the near-term, which could

benefit equity markets.

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS ON 0338 GMT

Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3352.35 3357.7 -0.16

Bangkok 1675.3 1673.48 0.11

Manila 7781.18 7832.43 -0.65

Jakarta 6441.697 6414.743 0.42

Kuala Lumpur 1623.01 1622.06 0.06

Ho Chi Minh 965.02 965.86 -0.09

Change on year

Market Current End 2018 Pct Move

Singapore 3352.35 3068.76 9.24

Bangkok 1675.3 1563.88 7.12

Manila 7781.18 7466.02 4.22

Jakarta 6441.697 6194.498 3.99

Kuala Lumpur 1623.01 1690.58 -4.00

Ho Chi Minh 965.02 892.54 8.12

(Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by

Uttaresh.V)