HANOI, April 28 Regional market struggled on
Monday morning in thin trade after a dismal week on Wall Street
and tension in Ukraine spreading across Asia.
Asian shares wavered in choppy trade after an uninspiring
performance on Wall Street and amid increasing tension in
Most Southeast Asian shares fell, with Jakarta SE Composite
Index dropping 1.03 percent to a two-week low.
Auto and truck manufacturer Astra International Tbk PT
led the losses, with shares falling 2.86 percent,
followed by telecom firm Perusahaan Perseroan Telekomunikasi
Indonesia Tbk PT with a 1.06 percent decrease.
Thai shares bucked the trend to edge up 0.56
percent, bouncing back from their biggest drop in six weeks hit
in the previous session due to concerns political violence.
Construction material company Siam Cement Pcl
advanced 1.85 percent, and Kasikornbank Pcl climbed
Foreign investors returned to net buying position on Friday,
but analysts said it was short-term speculative trading and
expected Thai stock market to move range-bound this week in the
absence of fresh triggers and a lack of political progress.
The Philippine SE Composite Index was on track for a
fourth straight loss, dropping 0.61 percent, and Singapore's
Straits Times Index drifted lower, led by the region's
largest property developer CapitaLand on weak
Stocks in Malaysia barely changed and Vietnam
eased 0.14 percent.
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS
Change at 0547 GMT
Market Current Prev Close Pct Move
TR SE Asia Index* 419.16 419.59 -0.10
Singapore 3261.65 3267.57 -0.18
Kuala Lumpur 1861.92 1860.98 +0.05
Bangkok 1416.09 1408.16 +0.56
Jakarta 4847.40 4897.64 -1.03
Manila 6644.63 6685.10 -0.61
Ho Chi Minh 578.11 578.92 -0.14
* The Thomson Reuters South East Asia Index is a
highly representative indicator of stocks listed in Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Anand Basu)