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SE Asia Stocks-Slip tracking broader Asia as Fed retains rate hike plan

* Thailand falls after energy stocks down on oil slump

* People were hoping Fed would extend a lifeline - analyst

* Indonesia leads losses in the region

By Rashmi Ashok

Dec 20 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower

on Thursday with Indonesia falling the most, after the U.S.

Federal Reserve raised key interest rate and retained plans for

continued hikes next year, crushing investor hopes for a more

dovish outlook.

Regional stocks fell in line with broader Asian peers, after

the U.S. central bank hiked rates for the fourth time this year

and stuck by its plan to keep withdrawing support from an

economy it views as strong.

"Against the backdrop of the trade war and weak economic

data from major economies, people were hoping the Fed would

extend a lifeline," said Fio Dejesus, an equity research analyst

at RCBC Securities in Manila. "But their mandate was different

from what the market hoped for."

Recent disappointing data from the United States on slowing

of job growth in November and a cooling housing market, along

with weak manufacturing data from China heavily weighed on

investor sentiment, sparking concerns over global growth.

The Indonesian index finished lower and was the

worst performer in the region, with financial stocks coming

under pressure.

Shares of Bank Central Asia Tbk and Bank Mandiri

(Persero) Tbk were among top losers, falling 2.2

percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

Thailand's energy-heavy index suffered an additional

blow after oil prices resumed their fall on Thursday amid

worries of a supply glut and gloomy outlook for demand.

Shares of oil and gas explorers PTT PCL and PTT

Exploration and Production PCL shedding 0.5 percent

and 1.7 percent, respectively.

Singapore's index gave up modest gains early in the

session to end lower, with shares of port operator Hutchison

Port Holdings Trust losing 1.9 percent while those of

agribusiness operator Wilmar International Ltd ending

1 percent lower.

The Malaysian index edged lower with Sime Darby

Plantation Berhad's counter closing 1.4 percent down,

while that of IHH Healthcare Berhad ending 2.6 percent


Vietnam's index traded sideways through most of the

session to edge down at close.

The Philippine index lost most during early trade but

pared losses to inch down at close. Industrial stocks were the

biggest drag on the index, with shares of sector heavyweight SM

Investments Corp closing 2.1 percent lower.

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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3050.62 3058.65 -0.26

Bangkok 1596.1 1601.12 -0.31

Manila 7563.41 7579.62 -0.21

Jakarta 6147.876 6176.094 -0.46

Kuala Lumpur 1650.56 1655.66 -0.31

Ho Chi Minh 918.24 919.24 -0.11

Change on year

Market Current End prev yr Pct Move

Singapore 3050.62 3402.92 -10.35

Bangkok 1596.1 1753.71 -8.99

Manila 7563.41 8,558.42 -11.63

Jakarta 6147.876 6,355.65 -3.27

Kuala Lumpur 1650.56 1796.81 -8.14

Ho Chi Minh 918.24 984.24 -6.71

(Reporting by Rashmi Ashok in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi