By Geo Tharappel
Feb 13 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended
higher on Monday as investor concerns eased after U.S. President
Donald Trump set aside tough campaign rhetoric over security and
jobs in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump's change of tack to agree to honour the "one China"
policy, and his tax reform plans coupled with generally upbeat
global economic data also boosted sentiment. MKTS/GLOB
China posted much stronger-than-expected trade data for
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"The easing of global uncertainties is a common denominator
for regional markets," said Taye Shim, head of research at Mirae
Singapore shares .STI rose 0.4 percent to close at an
18-month high, led by telecom and industrials.
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd STEL.SI climbed 1.3
percent to hit a more than four-month closing high, its third
straight session of gains.
United Overseas Bank Ltd UOBH.SI added 0.8 percent to
touch a two-month closing high.
Philippine shares .PSI climbed 0.8 percent to close at a
two-week high, led by industrials and financials.
Conglomerates JG Summit Holdings Inc JGS.PS and Ayala Corp
AC.PS each rose about 2 percent.
Indonesia .JKSE gained 0.7 percent to close at a
three-month high, with financials leading the gains.
Bank Central Asia Tbk PT BBCA.JK ended 3.5 percent higher.
Malaysian shares .KLSE gained up to 0.7 percent to close
at a more than nine-month high, led by financial and utilities.
Power utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd TENA.KL added 1.2
percent, while CIMB Group Holdings Bhd CIMB.KL climbed 1.8
percent higher to hit an 18-month closing high.
Thailand .SETI was closed for a holiday.
In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares
outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 0.5 percent at 0945 GMT,
hovering at 18-month high levels.
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS: Change on the day
Market Current prev close Pct Move
Singapore 3111.63 3100.39 0.36
Manila 7294.67 7235.21 0.82
Jakarta 5409.556 5371.669 0.71
Kuala Lumpur 1710.24 1698.94 0.67
Ho Chi Minh 705.9 703.78 0.30
Change this year
Market Current End 2016 Pct Move
Singapore 3111.63 2880.76 8.01
Manila 7294.67 6840.64 6.64
Jakarta 5409.556 5296.711 2.13
Kuala Lumpur 1710.24 1641.73 4.17
Ho Chi Minh 705.9 664.87 6.17
(Reporting by Geo Tharappel in Bengaluru; Editing by Biju
((Geo.Tharappel@thomsonreuters.com ; +91 80 6749 1130;)(Reuters
Keywords: SOUTHEAST ASIA STOCKS/