March 5, 2018 / 4:21 AM / 17 days ago

SE Asia Stocks-Fall as trade war fears dampen global risk appetite

    * Philippine shares lose 1 pct, Malaysia down 0.8 pct
    * Vietnam hits 11-year high

    By Susan Mathew
    March 5 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell
on Monday, following weakness in Asian and global shares, after
U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge last week to impose tariffs
on steel and aluminium imports sparked fears of a possible trade
    Canada and Mexico have threatened retaliation, while the
European Union said it would apply 25 percent tariffs on about
$3.5 billion of imports from the United States if Trump carried
out his threat.
    China does not want a trade war with the United States but
will defend its interests, a senior Chinese diplomat said on
    "On paper, net (steel) exporters such as China, Japan, Korea
and Taiwan may hurt most (from the potential imposition of U.S.
tariff) while net importers such as Vietnam, Thailand,
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines may in theory stand to
gain," Mizuho Bank said in a note. 
    Asia shares ex-Japan were 0.6 percent lower.

    In Southeast Asia, Philippine stocks were down 1
percent, as index heavy-weights SM Investments and BDO
Unibank lost 2.1 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.
   "It's more sentiment driven today," said April Lee-Tan, head
of research with the Manila-based COL Financial Inc, adding the
Philippines would see minimal impact from the proposed tariffs
as it is not a big exporter of steel. 
    Singapore shares were on track to post their fifth
straight session of losses, as steel-related stocks weighed on
the index.
    Jardine Matheson was 1.6 percent lower, while
Keppel Corp shed 2.2 percent.
    Malaysia fell, with aluminium trader Press Metal
Aluminium Holdings dragging down the index with a 10.2
percent drop. 
    The country's January trade balance data is expected later
in the day, with a Reuters poll showing expectation of an
    The Vietnam index, however, hit its highest since
March 2007. 
    Real estate company Vingroup JSC rose as much as
3.2 percent to a record high, while Vietjet Aviation JSC
 climbed as much as 3.7 percent to touch a more than
one-month high.

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 Market             Current        Previous      Pct Move
 Singapore          3453.74        3479.2        -0.73
 Bangkok            1814.79        1811.98       0.16
 Manila             8375.55        8458.57       -0.98
 Jakarta            6573.506       6582.316      -0.13
 Kuala Lumpur       1842.05        1856.07       -0.76
 Ho Chi Minh        1128.13        1121.21       0.62
 Change on year                                   
 Market             Current        End 2017      Pct Move
 Singapore          3453.74        3402.92       1.49
 Bangkok            1814.79        1753.71       3.48
 Manila             8375.55        8558.42       -2.14
 Jakarta            6573.506       6355.654      3.43
 Kuala Lumpur       1842.05        1796.81       2.52
 Ho Chi Minh        1128.13        984.24        14.62

 (Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Biju
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