SE Asia Stocks-Vietnam, Malaysia outperform in 2013

Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:19am EST

BANGKOK, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Stocks in Singapore hit their
highest in almost one month on Tuesday, ending 2013 nearly flat,
amid active buying in shares such as Genting Singapore
, while Malaysia retreated from a record high but
marked its fifth straight annual rise.
    Singapore's Straits Times Index rose 0.45 percent
to 3,167.43, the highest close since Dec. 3. It was up 0.01
percent on the year compared with last year's 19.7 percent gain.
    Malaysia's main index edged down 0.3 percent to
1,866.96 after climbing to a record close of 1,872.52 on Monday
as investors booked profits in shares such as oil and gas
services company SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd.
    The benchmark racked up 10.5 percent gain on the year,
Southeast Asia's second-best performing bourse after Vietnam.
    Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rose 0.86 percent to
close at 504.63 on the back of real estate and banking stocks.
It rose for a second year in 2013, up 21.97 percent.
    Stock markets in Southeast Asia will be closed on Jan. 1,
reopening on Jan. 2.
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 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   387.53        386.16       +0.35
 Singapore          3167.43       3153.29       +0.45
 Kuala Lumpur       1866.96       1872.52       -0.30
 Ho Chi Minh         504.63        500.35       +0.86
 Change on year
 Market             Current     End prev yr    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   387.53        424.10       -8.62
 Singapore          3167.43       3167.08       +0.01
 Kuala Lumpur       1866.96       1688.95      +10.54
 Bangkok               --         1391.93       -6.70
 Jakarta               --         4316.69       -0.98
 Manila                --         5812.73       +1.33
 Ho Chi Minh         504.63        413.73      +21.97
    * The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index is
a highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
A couple walks along the rough surf during sunset at Oahu's North Shore, December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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