U.S. Markets closed

SE Asia Stocks-Most fall; Singapore hits 1-1/2 year closing low

* Philippines marks lowest close in over 3 weeks

* Vietnam climbs for 3rd straight session

By Karthika Suresh Namboothiri

Sept 11 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended

lower on Tuesday, with Singapore hitting a one-and-a-half year

low and Philippines extending losses to a fifth session amid

fears of further escalation in the U.S.-Sino trade war.

Singapore stocks fell 0.4 percent, marking their

lowest close since late February 2017, with industrial

conglomerate Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd and lender

DBS Group Holdings shedding about 0.3 percent each.

The Philippine stock index fell 1 percent to 7,492.4,

its lowest close since August 20 after data showed the country's

trade deficit widened in July.

JG Summit closed 4.8 percent lower while Ayala Corp

slipped more than 2 percent.

"These are the after effects of higher-than-expected

inflation and some concerns of contagion from emerging markets

on the currency," said Fio De Jesus, an analyst at Manila-based

RCBC Securities.

The index has lost nearly 5 percent in the last five

sessions after data released on Wednesday showed the country's

annual inflation rate for August was the highest in nearly a


Meanwhile, escalating U.S.-Sino trade tensions also weighed

on investor sentiment, with MSCI's broadest index of

Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extending its

decline to an eighth session.

Thai shares ended 1.1 percent lower with gas

supplier PTT Public Co and Airports of Thailand

falling about 3 percent each.

The Vietnamese index rose for a third straight

session and ended 1.5 percent higher. Insurance provider Baoviet

Holdings jumped 6.9 percent.

Indonesia and Malaysia were closed for local


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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3109.91 3120.92 -0.35

Bangkok 1672.42 1691.51 -1.13

Manila 7518.01 7596.15 -1.03

Ho Chi Minh 985.06 970.34 1.52

Change on year

Market Current End 2017 Pct Move

Singapore 3109.91 3402.92 -8.61

Bangkok 1672.42 1753.71 -4.64

Manila 7518.01 6840.64 9.90

Ho Chi Minh 985.06 664.87 48.16

(Additional Reporting by Niyati Shetty; Editing by Vyas Mohan)