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SE Asia Stocks-Most fall ahead of weekend; Singapore, Indonesia up

* Indonesia recovers from previous session's losses

* Singapore gains on bank lending growth

* Thai shares extend losses

By Syed Saif Hussain Naqvi

March 29 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets

ended on a weak note on Thursday ahead of a long weekend, while

Singapore jumped 1.3 percent on stronger bank lending growth in


Singapore shares breathed life into otherwise subdued

regional markets, bouncing back from losses in the previous

session after data showed a rise in bank lending last month.

Total bank lending in the city-state rose 3.8 percent in

February from a year earlier and 0.1 percent from January.

The gains were driven by financials such as Oversea-Chinese

Banking Corp, DBS Group Holdings and United

Overseas Bank, each rising over 1.5 percent.

For the month, however, the benchmark was down 2.5 percent.

Indonesian shares rose 0.78 percent, gaining

traction in late trade as consumer staples lifted the index,

with all sectors ending in positive territory.

Astra International Tbk PT provided the biggest

boost, ending up 2.8 percent.

Thai shares extended losses to end over 1 percent

lower. Most sectors took a beating, with only healthcare stocks

hitting positive territory.

Natural gas provider PTT PCL ended 2.14 percent

lower, followed by Airports of Thailand PCL which lost

2.6 percent.

Vietnam shares finished 0.44 percent lower with

consumer staples leading the losses, as investors seemed to

shrug off a 7.38 percent growth in its economy for the

January-March quarter..

The index snapped three straight session of gains, but was

headed for a monthly rise of over 4 percent.

The Philippine market is closed on Thursday and Friday for

holidays, while markets in Singapore and Indonesia will be

closed on Friday.

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Change on day

Market Current Previous Pct Move


Singapore 3427.97 3382.78 1.34

Bangkok 1766.92 1784.99 -1.01

Jakarta 6188.987 6140.837 0.78

Kuala Lumpur 1856.35 1857.87 -0.08

Ho Chi Minh 1167.03 1172.24 -0.44

Change so far

in 2018

Market Current End 2017 Pct Move

Singapore 3427.97 3402.92 0.74

Bangkok 1766.92 1753.71 0.75

Jakarta 6188.987 6355.654 -2.62

Kuala Lumpur 1856.35 1796.81 3.31

Ho Chi Minh 1167.03 984.24 18.57

(Reporting by Syed Saif Hussain Naqvi in Bengaluru; Editing by

Sunil Nair)