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EMERGING MARKETS-Rising virus deaths hit Indonesian shares; currencies dip

Shriya Ramakrishnan
·3-min read

* Graphic: World FX rates http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh * Asian stocks https://tmsnrt.rs/3f2vwbA * Taiwan dollar advances for a fourth straight day * Indonesia reports daily record COVID-19 deaths * Philippine stocks set to lose about 3% this week By Shriya Ramakrishnan Jan 22 (Reuters) - Indonesian shares fell more than 1% on Friday after the country reported a record jump in COVID-19 deaths for the second time this week, while a steady dollar put a brake on recent rises in Asian currencies. The record fatalities and sharp rise in daily cases in recent weeks have put Indonesia's hospitals under serious strain, even as the country began a mass vaccination campaign earlier this month. Shares in Jakarta slipped 1.5%, and the rupiah dipped 0.2%. The country's central bank kept key policy rates unchanged on Thursday, but vowed to direct all instruments toward supporting growth. "The risk is that with more governments in the region (Asia) procuring vaccine deals, the hopes of mass immunisation run ahead of the reality resulting in a pre-emptive move back to pre-COVID normality and a further deterioration in the pandemic situation," analysts at Mizuho Bank wrote in a note. Most emerging Asian currencies weakened as the dollar index picked up steam after three days of declines, as optimism about more pandemic relief in the United States under the Biden administration drove up demand for riskier assets. The South Korean won weakened 0.4% against the greenback, and the Malaysian ringgit and Singapore dollar each traded 0.2% lower. Philippine shares also sank more than 1% on a continued sell-off led by foreign investors, with almost all sectors in the red. The benchmark index was headed for a sixth straight day of losses and a near 3% drop for the week. "Week-to-date, foreign stock investment declined about $70.86 million.. that is the most in over one month," said Daniel Dubrovsky, a strategist at trading firm DailyFX. "I think some of the pessimism had to do with the government's preference for a Chinese vaccine which has a lower efficacy rate compared to others." Stocks in Thailand shed half a percent and the baht gave up 0.2% as the country's finance minister warned the economy could grow less than earlier forecast this year, following its biggest coronavirus outbreak yet. Taiwan's dollar extended its winning streak to a fourth consecutive session, strengthening more than 1% against the dollar. Taiwan's central bank said on Thursday it would punish four unnamed foreign banks for helping grains firms speculate in the deliverable forwards foreign exchange market, as it moved to slow the Taiwan dollar's rise. The currency's strength risks making manufacturing exports less competitive. The Taiwan dollar is up nearly 2% this year following a 5.3% gain in 2020. HIGHLIGHTS: ** Indonesian 10-year benchmark yields are up 1 basis points at 6.301% ** Top losers on the Jakarta stock index include Gihon Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk PT down 6.99% at 1730 rupiah; Sumber Global Energy Tbk PT down 6.95% at 870 rupiah ** In the Philippines, top index losers are PLDT Inc down 3.14% at 1390 pesos; SM Investments Corp down 3% at 1035 pesos Asia stock indexes and currencies at 0458 GMT COUNTRY FX RIC FX FX INDEX STOCKS STOCKS DAILY % YTD % DAILY YTD % % Japan -0.09 -0.32 -0.29 4.48 China <CNY=CFXS -0.13 +0.93 -0.73 3.51 > India -0.04 +0.07 0.05 4.40 Indonesia -0.21 +0.21 -1.50 5.67 Malaysia -0.15 -0.35 0.50 -1.51 Philippin +0.04 -0.10 -1.47 -1.47 es S.Korea <KRW=KFTC -0.41 -1.50 0.08 10.09 > Singapore -0.19 -0.27 -0.73 5.32 Taiwan +1.46 +1.85 -0.49 9.11 Thailand -0.17 -0.03 -0.53 3.87 (Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)