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SE Asia Stocks-Philippines leads losses as all fall; Vietnam outperforms for week

* Softer China inflation sullies risk appetite

* Singapore, Indonesia drop after disappointing data

* Vietnam clocks near 5 pct weekly gain

By Ambar Warrick

Feb 15 (Reuters) - Philippines led falls across Southeast

Asian stock markets, which ended lower on Friday following a

string of disappointing economic data in the region, amid

continued focus on U.S.-China trade talks.

Softer inflation data from China sullied risk appetite as

investors fretted over weakening demand from the region's

biggest trading partner. Locally, Singapore saw weaker than

expected fourth-quarter GDP growth, while Indonesia's trade

deficit widened.

The Philippine index ended about 1 percent down at a

1-month low, with financial stocks leading broader losses. The

index lost for four out of five days this week, and shed 2

percent in the period.

BDO Unibank ended nearly 5 percent lower, and was

the biggest drag on the benchmark.

Thai markets ended nearly 1 percent lower in

broad-based losses ahead of the country's fourth-quarter

economic data on Monday. A Reuters poll saw the country's GDP

likely picking up for the quarter, although a number

participants saw growth slowing in 2019.

Singapore's stock index closed 0.4 percent down in

mostly broad based losses, although consumer stocks lent some

support. Thai Beverage closed around 13 percent higher

after its first quarter net profit more than doubled.

The index gained about 1.2 percent for the week, with banks

seeing heavy buying ahead of their results next week.

Singapore's banks, such as DBS Group and United

Overseas Bank are among the largest in Southeast Asia,

and are usually bought for their reliable returns.

Investors also awaited Singapore's 2019 budget, due on


The Indonesian benchmark ended 0.5 percent lower,

with all sectors barring telecom and financial stocks in the

red. An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks

closed about 0.6 percent down.

The Vietnam index snapped a four-day rally and ended

about 0.2 percent down, but outperformed regional peers for the

week with a near 5 percent gain. Increased liquidity at the

start of the year is beneficial to the country's index, which

has outpaced its regional peers this year.

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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3239.74 3253.16 -0.41

Bangkok 1636.94 1652.64 -0.95

Manila 7908.89 7991.25 -1.03

Jakarta 6389.085 6420.018 -0.48

Kuala Lumpur 1688.83 1689.06 -0.01

Ho Chi Minh 950.89 952.34 -0.15

Change on year

Market Current End 2018 Pct Move

Singapore 3239.74 3068.76 5.57

Bangkok 1636.94 1563.88 4.67

Manila 7908.89 7466.02 5.93

Jakarta 6389.085 6194.498 3.14

Kuala Lumpur 1688.83 1690.58 -0.10

Ho Chi Minh 950.89 892.54 6.54

(Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi