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Fall on fresh worries of deteriorating U.S.-China relations

(Dec 6): Southeast Asian stock markets closed lower on Thursday, in line with broader Asia, after the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei for extradition to the U.S. stoked fears of an escalation in tensions between the two countries.

The MSCI's ex-Japan Asia-Pacific index fell 2% as the recent development was seen as a blow to U.S.-China relations, deepening scepticism about a potential resolution to a long-running trade war as both parties enter a crucial 90-day truce period.

Investor sentiment was dented further by rising worries of an economic slowdown and a possible rise in U.S. interest rates, after the benchmark U.S. treasury 10-year yield hit a three-month low on Wednesday.

"While the global economy is on a gradual slowdown rather than an uncontrolled spiral, the path is on a knife's edge amid U.S.-China trade tensions (notwithstanding a temporary truce), tightening policy and geo-political risks kicking up volatility and uncertainty," said Vishnu Varathan — head, economics and strategy at Mizuho Bank.

The Singapore index fell 1.3%, led by technology stocks. 

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd dropped 4.2%, while Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd dipped 2%. 

Philippine stocks fell 1.3% with real estate and financials leading the losses. 

SM Prime Holdings Inc dipped 3.5%, while Ayala Corp dropped 2.7%.

Meanwhile, a dip in oil prices on the backdrop of an OPEC meeting sent Thai stocks 1.1% lower. 

Oil prices fell on Thursday as stock markets slid and as traders eyed a meeting of the oil bloc expected to result in a supply cut aimed at draining a glut that has pulled down crude prices by 30% since October.

Index heavyweights PTT PCL and Airports of Thailand PCL were the top drags on the index, shedding 2.4% and 1.5% respectively. 

Indonesia and Malaysia lost 0.3% each. 

              

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS

 Change on the day                            

 Market             Current   Previous close  Pct Move

 Singapore          3115.52   3155.92         -1.28

 Bangkok            1653.73   1672.32         -1.11

 Manila             7535.32   7630.9          -1.25

 Jakarta            6115.493  6133.12         -0.29

 Kuala Lumpur       1683.34   1688.27         -0.29

 Ho Chi Minh        954.82    957.14          -0.24

                                              

 Change on year                               

 Market             Current   End prev yr     Pct Move

 Singapore          3115.52   3402.92         -8.45

 Bangkok            1653.73   1753.71         -5.70

 Manila             7535.32   8,558.42        -11.95

 Jakarta            6115.493  6,355.65        -3.78

 Kuala Lumpur       1683.34   1796.81         -6.32

 Ho Chi Minh        954.82    984.24          -2.99      


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