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EMERGING MARKETS-Asian stocks, currencies weaken as vaccine rally fades

    * Bullish bets raised on Asian emerging currencies - Reuters
poll
    * Palm oil shares boost Malaysia stock index
    * Philippine stock markets closed due to typhoon
    * Bank Indonesia sees room to ease rates -central bank
governor

    By Anushka Trivedi
    Nov 11 (Reuters) - Most of emerging Asian currencies and
stock markets settled back in cautious trade on Thursday after
the initial burst of optimism over headway in a coronavirus
vaccine trial.
    Thai stocks led losses with a 1% drop, followed by
Indonesia and Singapore, giving up some gains
from a rally earlier this week that was powered by positive
coronavirus vaccine news from U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc
.
    Most regional currencies drifted lower against a steady
greenback, although the Taiwanese dollar was an
outlier, jumping more than 1% for a second straight day.
    "Challenges remain on the time horizon, manufacturing
capacity, delivery and storage of the vaccine even if it is
proven safe and effective," DailyFX strategist Margaret Yang
wrote in a note.
    Concerns about distribution of the vaccine were at the
forefront, especially in highly populated countries like India
and Indonesia, which lack infrastructure required to carry out
such a large-scale operation.
    The Indonesian rupiah fell 0.5%, marking its worst
session in almost two-weeks, as its central bank said there was
room to ease rates to support economic growth.
    The currency had firmed on the vaccine news and recent
capital inflows but investors are taking a pause ahead of the
central bank meeting next week, Bank of Singapore FX analyst Moh
Siong Sim said.
    He said it was a "close call" whether Bank Indonesia would
actually slash interest-rates since it has favoured stabilising
rupiah in the past.      
    Meanwhile, a Reuters poll showed investors went long on all
Asian emerging currencies but sentiment towards the Indian rupee
 remained frail on suspicions that the country's central
bank was curbing its appreciation by buying dollars.

    Among equity markets, Malaysia's benchmark index
rose 1% to be the sole gainer, lifted by palm oil producers as
prices of the commodity climbed.
    Meanwhile, the Philippine stock markets were closed
due to a typhoon. 
    
    HIGHLIGHTS
    
    ** Thailand's 10-year government bond yields are down 2.5
basis points at 1.37%
    ** Top gainers on Malaysia index: Genting Bhd
, up 4%, and Genting Malaysia Bhd, up​ 2.6% 
    ** Top losers on Thailand's SETI include Thai Energy
Storage Technology PCL 3K-BAT.BK, down 28.9%, and Apex
Development PCL, down 14.3%
    
    
 Asia stock indexes and currencies                                                      
 at 0730 GMT                                                               
 COUNTRY      FX RIC      FX DAILY %   FX YTD %     INDEX  STOCKS DAILY %   STOCKS YTD %
 Japan                         +0.14      +3.17                      0.68           7.88
 China                         +0.01      +5.04                     -0.11           9.46
 India                         -0.32      -4.34                     -0.34           4.42
 Indonesia                     -0.50      -1.84                     -0.90         -13.33
 Malaysia                      -0.15      -1.06                      0.95          -0.23
 Philippines                   +0.15      +4.55                         -         -10.12
 S.Korea                       -0.43      +3.73                     -0.41          12.65
 Singapore                     -0.09      -0.43                     -0.26         -16.03
 Taiwan                        +0.45      +4.89                     -0.30          10.21
 Thailand                      -0.13      -1.32                     -1.24         -15.90
 
    

 (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil
D'Silva)
  
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