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SE Asia Stocks-Thailand ends higher as consumer, energy stocks gain; Indonesia slips

* Indonesia snaps two straight weeks of losses

* Thai stocks climb to highest since Dec 4

* Malaysia posts third straight weekly gain

By Shreya Mariam Job

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Thailand recovered early losses to rise

the most across Southeast Asian stock markets on Friday, boosted

by gains in consumer and energy counters, while Indonesia was

the worst hit.

Thai index climbed 0.7 percent, supported by gains

in the consumer and materials sector, shrugging off a fall in

the country's customs-cleared exports in January.

Thailand's customs-cleared exports dropped for a third

straight month in January, falling 5.65 percent from a year

earlier, compared to the one percent slip predicted by a Reuters


Shares of CP All and PTT PCL boosted the

index rising after both companies posted upbeat earnings on


The Philippine index closed up 0.4 percent, with

industrial stocks SM Investments Corp and Aboitiz Equity

Ventures rising 0.8 and 2.4 percent, respectively.

"The bellwether index traded in the red throughout the

afternoon session, falling to as low as 7,894.56 before heavy

buying at the close catapulted the PSEi to 7,962.13, 30.83pts or

0.39 percent higher," a note from RCBC said.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian benchmark dipped 0.6

percent, hurt by financial and consumer stocks. But for the

week, the index gained 1.8 percent snapping two straight weeks

of losses.

Charoen Pokphand Indonesia slipped 4.3 percent and

Bank Mandiri dipped 3.1 percent

Indonesia's central bank kept interest rates on hold on

Thursday and said it was looking at ways to boost loan growth,

but indicated it was in no hurry to start rolling back last

year's six benchmark hikes.

Malaysia's index ended 0.5 percent lower, snapping

four straight sessions of gains, after the country recorded a

fall in consumer prices for the month of January. For the week

however, the index gained nearly 2 percent.

Malaysia's consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly

a decade in January, on the back of lower fuel costs, but

economists say deflation is unlikely to be sustained and would

not lead to any change in monetary policy.

Healthcare and Telecom stocks weighed the index down with

IHH Healthcare Bhd dropping 1.4 percent and Maxis Bhd

shedding 2.3 percent.

Singapore index also ended slightly lower, following

disappointing corporate earnings for the December quarter.

Wilmar International Ltd and Oversea-Chinese

Banking Corp Ltd fell after posting a drop in

quarterly profits.

Singapore's consumer price index probably rose 0.6 percent

in January from a year earlier, a Reuters poll showed,

increasing slightly from 0.5 percent in December. The data is

due on Monday.

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Change on the day

Market Current Previous close Pct Move

Singapore 3269.9 3277.91 -0.24

Bangkok 1659.2 1647.32 0.72

Manila 7962.13 7931.3 0.39

Jakarta 6501.378 6537.766 -0.56

Kuala Lumpur 1721.42 1730.68 -0.54

Ho Chi Minh 988.91 987.57 0.14

Change so far in 2019

Market Current End 2018 Pct Move

Singapore 3269.9 3068.76 6.55

Bangkok 1659.2 1563.88 6.10

Manila 7962.13 7,466.02 6.64

Jakarta 6501.378 6,194.50 4.95

Kuala Lumpur 1721.42 1690.58 1.82

Ho Chi Minh 988.91 892.54 10.80

(Reporting by Shreya Mariam Job in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi