By Urvashi Goenka
March 30 (Reuters) - Vietnam shares hit their highest close
in more than nine years on Thursday with consumer staples
leading the gains, while other Southeast Asian markets moved
sideways in the absence of market-moving macroeconomic triggers.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific .MIAPJ0000PUS shares
outside Japan fell 0.1 percent. MKTS/GLOB
"Broadly I think it's more of a mixed sentiment between
profit-taking and what kind of next upside catalyst do we have,"
said Taye Shim, head of research at Jakarta-based Mirae Asset
Vietnam shares .VNI rose 0.5 percent to their highest
close since February 2008 and have gained 8.9 percent so far
Seafood processor Nam Viet Corp ANV.HM rose 16.4 percent,
while Vietnam Dairy Products JSC VNM.HM gained 1.6 percent.
Thai shares .SETI closed 0.3 percent higher, helped by
gains in material and real estate stocks. CIMB Thai Bank Pcl
CIMBT.BK rose 4.4 percent, while Origin Property Pcl ORI.BK
jumped 13.4 percent.
Philippine shares .PSI edged up with industrials and
consumer discretionary stocks accounting for most of the gains.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc AEV.PS gained 0.2 percent, while
Jollibee Foods Corp JFC.PS rose 3.5 percent.
Singapore shares .STI fell 0.4 percent, hurt by losses in
industrial and real estate stocks, with Jardine Cycle & Carriage
JCYC.SI and CapitaLand Ltd CATL.SI shedding 1.1 percent and
1.4 percent, respectively. Both stocks were among the worst
performers on the index.
Malaysian shares .KLSE edged lower as consumer
discretionary financials lost ground. Resorts operator Genting
Malaysia Bhd GENM.KL fell 2.6 percent, while Malayan Banking
Bhd MBBM.KL dropped 0.6 percent.
Indonesian shares .JKSE closed flat after hitting a record
high in the previous session.
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS: Change on the day
Market Current previous Pct Move
Singapore 3173.24 3184.57 -0.36
Bangkok 1579.88 1574.97 0.31
Manila 7332.59 7324 0.12
Jakarta 5592.952 5592.51 0.01
Kuala Lumpur 1749.25 1750.41 -0.07
Ho Chi Minh 723.86 720.47 0.47
Change on year
Market Current End prev yr Pct Move
Singapore 3173.24 2880.76 10.15
Bangkok 1579.88 1542.94 2.39
Manila 7332.59 6840.64 7.19
Jakarta 5592.952 5296.711 5.59
Kuala Lumpur 1749.25 1641.73 6.55
Ho Chi Minh 723.86 664.87 8.87
(Reporting by Urvashi Goenka in Bengaluru; Editing by
((Urvashi.Goenka@thomsonreuters.com; +91 80 6749 0012; Reuters
Keywords: SOUTHEAST ASIA STOCKS/