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SE Asia Stocks-Most fall on Wall St losses, U.S.-China trade tensions

* Vietnam shares retreat from record close

* Malaysia falls to two-week low

* Philippines climbs to highest close in two weeks

By Nicole Pinto

April 3 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended

lower on Tuesday as Wall Street's overnight plunge, due to a

sell-off in tech shares, and anxiety over a potential trade war

between the United States and China muted global sentiment.

The losses in U.S. stocks were led by Amazon.com,

Tesla and Microsoft, while U.S.-China trade

tensions escalated as Beijing warned of counter-measures if the

United States imposed further tariffs on Chinese goods.

Over the weekend, China imposed extra tariffs on 128 U.S.

products, deepening a dispute between the world's top two

economies and stoking concerns about the impact on global

growth.

Thailand's SET Index was nearly 1 percent lower at

its close, with renewable energy firm Energy Absolute Pcl

down 12.8 percent, its lowest since Aug. 24.

Oil and gas company PTT Pcl fell 1.1 percent

Vietnam shares retreated 0.7 percent from a record

close. Vietnam Dairy Products JSC closed 3 percent

lower, at a three-week closing low.

Singapore shares closed 0.5 percent lower, dragged

down by financials.

United Overseas Bank Ltd slipped 1.6 percent to

its lowest since Feb. 14, while DBS Group Holdings Ltd

fell 0.5 percent.

Meanwhile, shares in Philippines inched up 0.1

percent, recovering the session's losses to hit a near two-week

closing high.

"The Philippine market continued with its bargain-hunting as

the country is viewed as a safe alternative given the ongoing

trade wars," said Luis Limlingan, managing director, Regina

Capital Development Corp.

"Some portfolio managers share the view that emerging

markets such as our country may be a beneficiary of the trade

war."

The industrial sector accounted for most of the gains on the

index, with SM Investments Corp up 3.2 percent and

International Container Terminal Services Inc 2 percent

higher.

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS

Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3412.15 3430.76 -0.54

Bangkok 1765.24 1782.28 -0.96

Manila 8048.72 8039.45 0.12

Jakarta 6229.013 6240.571 -0.19

Kuala Lumpur 1850.78 1858.35 -0.41

Ho Chi Minh 1188.29 1196.61 -0.70

Change on year

Market Current End 2017 Pct Move

Singapore 3412.15 3402.92 0.27

Bangkok 1765.24 1753.71 0.66

Manila 8048.72 8558.42 -5.96

Jakarta 6229.013 6355.654 -1.99

Kuala Lumpur 1850.78 1796.81 3.00

Ho Chi Minh 1188.29 984.24 20.73

(Reporting by Nicole Pinto in Bengaluru, additional reporting

by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)