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SE Asia Stocks-Philippines falls most in three months; Singapore up

Philippine shares fell 2 percent on Friday in their steepest drop in three months. (Reuters)

Philippine shares fell 2 percent on Friday in their steepest drop in three months, dragged down by industrials, while Singapore climbed 0.5 percent on the back of gains in real-estate stocks, after the city-state lowered stamp duties on sale of residential properties. Industrials accounted for more than half of the fall in the Philippines, with SM Investments Corp shedding 9.2 percent and JG Summit Holdings Inc declining 2.4 percent. Fund managers realigned their portfolios to reflect the rebalancing of the PSEi index by Monday, said April Lee-Tan, head of research department at COL Financial Group.

For the week, the index lost 1.4 percent in its second straight weekly decline. Singapore’s Straits Times Index recovered from early falls to gain as much as 0.9 percent after news that the city-state eased property curbs slightly. The government cut stamp duties that sellers are required to pay on residential properties and eased some rules on borrowing thresholds, in an effort to relax property curbs imposed since 2009 to rein in the market. CapitaLand Ltd and City Developments Ltd rose 3.6 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively.

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For the week, the stock index gained 0.4 percent in its fifth consecutive weekly gain. Most other regional markets fell ahead of the closely-watched US non-farm payrolls report due later in the day. The U.S. employment report is drawing particular interest as any improvement would underline the US economy’s strength, paving the way for more interest rate hikes this year. “Fed hike next week is already a certainty.

It would probably require a disastrous miss in payrolls to change the market’s mind,” DBS Group Research said in a note. “The more interesting aspects lie with the guidance the Fed is likely to give next week.” Thai shares ended 0.6 percent lower, dragged down by financials and materials, and posted a fall of 1.7 percent for the week. Group Lease PCL finished nearly 30 percent lower, while Siam Cement PCL declined 2.2 percent. Vietnam shares lost 0.5 percent, with consumer staples and financials leading the fall. Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp and Petrovietnam Gas were the top drags.

For Asian Companies click; SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS: Changes on day Market Current Prev Close Pct Move Singapore 3133.35 3118.84 0.47 Bangkok 1539.91 1549.24 -0.60 Manila 7146.27 7295.45 -2.04 Jakarta 5390.677 5402.386 -0.22 Kuala Lumpur 1717.58 1717.42 0.01 Ho Chi Minh 712.21 715.8 -0.50 Change on year Market Current End 2016 Pct Move Singapore 3133.35 2880.76 8.77 Bangkok 1539.91 1542.94 -0.20 Manila 7146.27 6840.64 4.5 Jakarta 5390.677 5296.711 1.77 Kuala Lumpur 1717.58 1641.73 4.62 Ho Chi Minh 712.21 664.87 7.1