May 21, 2019 / 4:21 AM / 5 months ago

SE Asia Stocks-Widodo win boosts Indonesia; Singapore falls on growth worries

    * Indonesia rises up to 1.5%
    * Singapore Q1 GDP hits decade low, cuts 2019 growth outlook
    * Thai Q1 GDP +2.8% y/y, slowest in over 4 years

    By Niyati Shetty
    May 21 (Reuters) - Indonesian shares extended gains on
Tuesday as official counts, released earlier than scheduled,
confirmed the re-election of incumbent President Joko Widodo,
while the Singapore index declined after the country cut its
2019 growth outlook. 
    Indonesian equities rose as much as 1.5% after the
election commission confirmed unofficial counts, giving
President Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, a comfortable win
over ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
    The early results could, however, trigger a legal challenge
and potential street protests after the opposition claimed
widespread cheating. 
    Taye Shim, Head of Research at Mirae Asset Sekuritas said a
fundamental question that investors are asking is whether
President Jokowi can deliver reforms during his next five years.
    "President Jokowi has a proven track record of delivering
reforms and at the same time managing politics."
    Financials and material stocks supported the Jakarta index,
with Bank Central Asia Tbk PT adding 2.1%, and PT
Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk gaining 6.2%. 
    Singapore stocks declined up to 0.5% after the island
cut its full year growth forecast on Tuesday as official data
showed annual economic growth in the first quarter slipped to
the lowest in nearly a decade.
    Gross domestic product expanded 1.2% year-on-year in the
first three months of 2019, below the 1.5% forecast by a Reuters
poll, as manufacturing contracted due to the protracted
Sino-U.S. tariff war. 
    Conglomerate Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd lost as
much as 1.9% and lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd slipped
0.9%.
    Adding to the region's growth worries, Thailand data also
showed the trade-reliant economy grew at its slowest annual pace
in more than four years in the first quarter, mainly due to
softer exports.
    However, Mizuho Bank said in a note that it "sees a gradual
pick-up on the back of incoming stimulus and the start of a
series of mega infrastructure projects."
    The Thai bourse gained 0.5% despite the
disappointing data, with oil & gas firm PTT PCL rising
0.5%, and Airports of Thailand PCL adding 0.4%. 
   Meanwhile, other markets in the region rose as investors took
a breather from last week's sell-off.     
    "Emerging market has been hurt a lot compared to other
markets and I would suspect that this is only a technical
rebound," said Shim. "At the end of the day this is a very
fragile recovery."
    The Philippine index climbed up to 1%, while
Malaysian equities added 0.6%.
    Vietnam stocks gained for an eighth straight session, buoyed
by financial and real estate sectors.
            
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SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS AS AT 0404 GMT
 Market                 Current   Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore              3193.33   3205.46         -0.38
 Bangkok                1611.01   1608.11         0.18
 Manila                 7728.26   7660.14         0.89
 Jakarta                5980.237  5907.121        1.24
 Kuala Lumpur           1610.66   1605.36         0.33
 Ho Chi Minh            990.74    987.13          0.37
                                                  
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Market                 Current   End 2018        Pct Move
 Singapore              3193.33   3068.76         4.06
 Bangkok                1611.01   1563.88         3.01
 Manila                 7728.26   7,466.02        3.51
 Jakarta                5980.237  6,194.50        -3.46
 Kuala Lumpur           1610.66   1690.58         -4.73
 Ho Chi Minh            990.74    892.54          11.00
 

 (Reporting by Niyati Shetty in Bengaluru; editing by
Uttaresh.V)
  
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