* S. Korean won drops to near six-month low * Political uncertainty sparks selling pressure on ringgit * Indonesia c.bank intervenes in FX, bond markets (Adds text, updates prices) By Shriya Ramakrishnan Feb 24 (Reuters) - Emerging Asian currencies posted steep losses against the dollar on Monday as a rapid surge in coronavirus infections and deaths outside mainland China heightened fears of a pandemic and sent investors fleeing to safe-haven assets. Italy, South Korea and Iran reported a sharp rise in infections over the weekend. South Korea put the country on high alert, while Italy began sealing off the worst affected towns and banning public events after a spike in the number of virus cases to above 150.
* Ringgit, rupee gain about 0.2% each * Baht stays flat after GDP forecast cut * U.S. Fed meeting outcome awaited (Adds text, updates prices) By Aby Jose Koilparambil Jan 29 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies firmed slightly on Wednesday, recovering from falls in the previous session, but worries over the likely economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak in China lingered. Nerves in the market were calmed to some extent after the World Health Organisation and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed confidence in Beijing's ability to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The outbreak, which started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000 so far in China.
* Indian rupee leads gains * Singapore Oct industrial output unexpectedly rises * Malaysian Ringgit weakens for a seventh session (Adds text, updates prices) By Shriya Ramakrishnan Nov 26 (Reuters) - Emerging Asian currencies took less heart than the dollar from signs of progress in U.S.-China negotiations for a preliminary deal to end a prolonged trade war, as investors refused to get carried away without more detail on the content of talks. China's Commerce Ministry said top trade negotiators from both sides held a phone call on Tuesday, and discussed "core issues of concern". "Asian currencies seem to be uninspired in spite of encouraging headlines on the U.S.-China trade deal as concrete details of the trade talks have been lacking," Fiona Lim, senior FX strategist at Maybank, said.