(Nov 9): Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Friday and wiped out gains made in a post-U.S. midterm election rally on rising chances of a U.S. Fed rate hike in December, with Indonesia losing the most.
The U.S. Federal Reserve held rates steady on Thursday but remained on track to continue gradually raising borrowing costs, pointing to healthy economic prospects that were marred only by a dip in the growth of business investment.
It has raised rates three times this year and is widely expected to do so again next month. According to the CME Group's FedWatch tool, the likelihood of Fed raising rates by another 25 basis points in December is 75%.
Indonesian shares snapped an eight-session winning streak and closed 1.7% weaker at a one-week low. For the week, the key stock index fell 0.5%.
Consumer non-cyclicals were the biggest drag on Friday with Unilever Indonesia shedding 4.7% to its lowest close since mid-January 2017.
Philippine shares declined about 1% to a 2-week closing low, hurt by losses in telecom and industrial stocks. For the week, the key stock index fell 1.2%.
Globe Telecom fell 5.2% to its lowest close since mid-July, while construction firm DMC Holdings Inc shed over 1%.
Singapore shares fell with industrial and energy stocks being the biggest drag.