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SE Asia Stocks-Most dip as Fed fails to deliver 'dovish delight'

By Aditya Soni

* Indonesia leads losses in SE Asia * Singapore shares see worst day in over 5 weeks * Philippines rises after S&P upgrades long-term rating to "BBB+" By Aditya Soni May 2 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Thursday, in line with global equities, after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman's remarks cooled expectations of a rate cut, while Philippines gained after S&P Global upgraded the country's credit rating. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady and signaled little appetite to adjust them any time soon, taking heart in continued job gains and economic growth and the likelihood that weak inflation will edge higher. "Chair Powell delivered a not-so-dovish delight for equity markets," said Stephen Innes, managing partner and head of trading, SPI Asset Management. Global equity markets had seen sharp gains earlier this year after a dovish Fed turn and on increasing likelihood of a U.S.-China trade deal. "Equity markets were looking for so much more from the Fed, and were shocked when Chair Powell said the Fed did not see a convincing case to move rates in either direction," he added. Indonesian stocks dropped 0.8 percent and led losses in the region as financials faltered. Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk PT slumped as much as 15 percent to its lowest since March 15, while Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk PT dropped 3.1 percent to an over five-week low. Singapore shares marked their worst session in more than five weeks, with Southeast Asia's biggest lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd dragging the city-state's benchmark with a 2.3 percent slide. Malaysian stocks and Vietnam shares weakened 0.3 percent each. However, Philippines shares gained 0.6 percent after S&P raised the country's long-term rating to "BBB+" on strong growth trajectory after market hours on Tuesday. Equity markets in Philippines were closed on Wednesday. "This should lift investor sentiment and spur inflows into Philippine assets," Maybank analysts said in a note. Universal Robina Corp, the biggest boost to the index, surged up to 6 percent to its highest in more than a year. The food and beverage company reported a near 3 percent rise in first-quarter net income. Thai shares hit their highest since April 22 on gains in consumer and energy stocks. Index heavyweight PTT PCL firmed 0.5 percent, while retailer Siam Makro PCL rose to its highest in almost two weeks. Thailand's inflation annual headline consumer price index rose 1.23 percent in April, slightly higher than a Reuters poll forecast but within central bank's target range of 1 percent to 4 percent for a second consecutive month. For Asian Companies click; SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS AT 0327 GMT Market Current Previous close Pct Move Singapore 3386.4 3400.2 -0.41 Bangkok 1678.67 1673.52 0.31 Manila 7989 7952.72 0.46 Jakarta 6404.915 6455.352 -0.78 Kuala Lumpur 1636.81 1642.29 -0.33 Ho Chi Minh 976.45 979.64 -0.33 Change on year Market Current End 2018 Pct Move Singapore 3386.4 3068.76 10.35 Bangkok 1678.67 1563.88 7.34 Manila 7989 7466.02 7.00 Jakarta 6404.915 6194.498 3.40 Kuala Lumpur 1636.81 1690.58 -3.18 Ho Chi Minh 976.45 892.54 9.40 (Reporting by Aditya Soni in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)