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SE Asia Stocks-Most slip as weak U.S. employment data adds to global growth fears

* Investors cautious ahead of data-heavy week

* Focus on Sino-U.S. trade talks, Brexit vote

* Philippines top loser in the region

By Rashmi Ashok

March 11 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets

edged lower on Monday after weak U.S. employment data raised

worries over the strength of the global economy, while a

data-heavy week curbed risk appetite in the region as well.

Broader Asian markets slipped after data showed that

headline U.S. job growth stalled in February to register the

smallest gain since September 2017, rattling investors who were

still reeling from weak trade data posted by China on


"Asian markets are likely to trade with a more cautious tone

today as investors digest the U.S. nonfarm payrolls and

unemployment data and look forward to a potentially choppy risk

appetite for the week ahead," OCBC said in a note.

Investors in Southeast Asian markets now await a slew of

data in the week ahead, including Philippine and Indonesian

trade data, as well as details about Sino-U.S. trade talks and

crucial Brexit votes in the UK parliament.

Philippine shares were the top losers in Southeast

Asia, dragged mainly by financials. BDO Unibank Inc and

Bank of the Philippine Islands shed 1.3 percent and 1.4

percent, respectively.

Malaysian shares slipped, with medical equipment

manufacturer Hartalega Holdings Berhad losing 3.6

percent and rubber glove manufacturer Top Glove Corp Bhd

shedding 2.4 percent.

Singapore stocks were little changed, with

supermarket operator Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd

declining 1.4 percent, while casino and gaming

operator Genting Singapore Ltd lost 1 percent.

Indonesian stocks shed early gains to trade lower.

Cement maker PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk lost

2.6 percent.

Gains in telecom stocks, particularly benchmark heavyweight

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, were offset by

broader weakness in the industrial and material sectors.

Meanwhile, Thailand shares edged higher, helped by

energy stocks as crude oil prices rose.

Benchmark heavyweight oil and gas refiner PTT PCL

rose 0.5 percent, while PTT Exploration and Production PCL

gained nearly 1 percent.

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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3193.54 3195.87 -0.07

Bangkok 1631.51 1630.12 0.09

Manila 7731.52 7797.11 -0.84

Jakarta 6370.395 6383.068 -0.20

Kuala Lumpur 1671.3 1679.9 -0.51

Ho Chi Minh 985.21 985.25 0.00

Change so far in 2019

Market Current End 2018 Pct Move

Singapore 3193.54 3068.76 4.07

Bangkok 1631.51 1563.88 4.32

Manila 7731.52 7,466.02 3.56

Jakarta 6370.395 6,194.50 2.84

Kuala Lumpur 1671.3 1690.58 -1.14

Ho Chi Minh 985.21 892.54 10.38

(Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu