SE Asia Stocks-Jakarta, Manila hit record highs, others firm

Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:02am EDT

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 * Banks push Indonesia to new all-time high
 * Indonesia, Thailand see rising inflows towards
quarter-end
 * S'pore at 27-mth high; Malaysia up, but off 32-mth highs
 By Viparat Jantraprap
 BANGKOK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The Indonesian and Philippine
stock markets hit record highs on Monday and Thai stocks marked
a 14-year high as positive sentiment from Wall Street boosted
appetite for Southeast Asian equities.
 The region's relatively strong economic performance
continued to lure foreign investors. Indonesia has recorded
$1.39 billion of foreign buying so far in the third quarter,
three times higher than the previous quarter, Thomson Reuters
data showed.
 Indonesia's main share index .JKSE ended up 2.1 percent
on the day and has risen 19 percent in the quarter, Southeast
Asia's third-best performer after the Philippines' 22 percent
and Thailand's 21 percent.
 Gains in Jakarta included PT Bank Central Asia (BBCA.JK),
Indonesia's biggest lender by market value, which rose 3.1
percent, and PT Bank Danamon (BDMN.JK), the sixth-largest
lender, which gained 5.3 percent, both hitting a record high.
 The two stocks have lagged the broader Jakarta market, with
Bank Central Asia's 14-day relative strength index (RSI) at
66.7 and Bank Danamon at 68.4 at the close on Monday, compared
with the main share index's 78.04.
 An RSI level of 70 and higher indicates the market is
overbought.
 Asian stocks in general climbed on Monday to their highest
in more than two years in response to encouraging U.S. economic
data, while the dollar recovered some ground after plumbing
five-month lows against the euro.
 At 1033 GMT, the MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside
Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS had climbed 1.16 percent, hitting its
highest since June 2008.
 Thailand's SET index .SETI and the Philippines index
.PSI both gained 1.1 percent on the day. Singapore .FTSTI
rose 0.7 percent to a 27-month high and Malaysia .KLSE added
almost 1 percent but was below a 32-month high.
 Thailand saw $1.6 billion in inflows in the third quarter
up to Friday, almost reversing a net outflow of $1.85 billion
in the second quarter, stock exchange data showed.
 Dealers said sentiment in the Thai market was helped by the
Finance Ministry on Monday, which raised its 2010 economic
growth forecast to 7.3-7.8 percent from 5.0-6.0 percent because
of a  strong first half and robust exports. [ID:nSGE68Q033]
 Bangkok-based KGI Securities strategist Rakphong
Chaisuparakul expected the market to see more capital inflows.
 "As interest rates in the West are expected to remain low
until the middle of 2011 and Thai interest rates are still on
the rise, spreads should continue to widen and attract more
capital inflows into both the bond and equity markets," he
said.
 Heavily weighted energy shares led gains in Bangkok, with
the energy subindex .SETEN rising 1.4 percent as the global
oil price moved towards a two-week high.
 PTT Pcl (PTT.BK), the biggest energy firm, was up 1.38
percent while its exploration flagship, PTT Exploration and
Production Pcl PTTE.BK, climbed 2.7 percent to a one-month
high.
 In Singapore, property and financials rose, with Hongkong
Land (HKLD.SI) up 3.2 percent and City Developments (CTDM.SI)
up 2.8 percent. DBS (DBSM.SI), Southeast Asia's biggest lender,
rose 1 percent.
 In Manila, shares in Petron Corp (PCOR.PS) jumped 7.6
percent on a report it would step up investment to upgrade its
refinery and petrochemical business in Bataan, traders said.
[ID:nMNB002758]
 (Additional reporting by Singapore bureau; Editing by Alan
Raybould)
















































































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