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EM ASIA FX-Most Asian currencies climb, but Philippine peso drops

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By Devika Syamnath

Aug 9 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies edged up on Thursday

taking cues from the yuan, though the Philippine peso fell on

disappointing economic growth data.

The Philippine growth pace in the second quarter was the

lowest in nearly three years.

China's consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.1 percent in July

from a year earlier, beating expectations but still within the

government's comfort zone of 3 percent.

"Taken together with trade yesterday, (the China data)

implies the economy is doing a little bit better than people

thought," said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at FX

provider AxiTrader.

China on Wednesday reported that its July exports rose more

than expected, suggesting fresh U.S. tariffs imposed last month

have not yet had a significant impact on global demand for its

goods.

The yuan was up 0.2 percent at 0611 GMT on

Thursday, helping bolster other emerging Asian currencies.

South Korea's won climbed 0.2 percent to its

firmest in over a week, while the Indonesian rupiah also

touched its highest in more than a week, up 0.1 percent.

Thailand's baht climbed 0.2 percent to its

strongest in two weeks and the Taiwan dollar was also

up 0.1 percent.

However, analysts said the firmer yuan against the U.S.

dollar may not last, with focus shifting to U.S. inflation data

for July due on Friday.

"If (U.S.) CPI is high and it increases expectations about

Fed timing then I would expect the current yuan stability to

prove ephemeral," said McKenna, referring to the timing of

possible interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against

a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.1 percent.

Philippine peso

The Philippine peso weakened 0.3 percent following

the data on economic growth in the country.

The peso has dropped nearly 6 percent so far this year,

making it the second-worst performer in the region behind the

Indian rupee.

The country's central bank is due to meet later in the day

amid expectations of more policy tightening.

It raised its benchmark interest rate by 25

basis points in May and again in June, looking to tame inflation

and shore up the peso, which has been battered by concerns over

a widening current account deficit and capital outflows.

The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against

the dollar at 0547 GMT.

CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR

Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move

Japan yen 110.980 110.97 -0.01

Sing dlr 1.363 1.3622 -0.03

Taiwan dlr 30.602 30.616 +0.05

Korean won 1117.500 1119.9 +0.21

Baht 33.160 33.21 +0.15

Peso 53.157 53.024 -0.25

Rupiah 14410.000 14430 +0.14

Rupee 68.605 68.62 +0.02

Ringgit 4.070 4.074 +0.10

Yuan 6.822 6.8318 +0.14

Change so far in 2018

Currency Latest bid End 2017 Pct Move

Japan yen 110.980 112.67 +1.52

Sing dlr 1.363 1.3373 -1.86

Taiwan dlr 30.602 29.848 -2.46

Korean won 1117.500 1070.50 -4.21

Baht 33.160 32.58 -1.75

Peso 53.157 49.977 -5.98

Rupiah 14410.000 13565 -5.86

Rupee 68.605 63.87 -6.90

Ringgit 4.070 4.0440 -0.64

Yuan 6.822 6.5069 -4.62

(Reporting by Devika Syamnath in Bengaluru

Editing by Joseph Radford)