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SE Asia Stocks-Rise as risk appetite gets Wall Street boost; Indonesia up 1.2 pct

April 21 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended

higher on Friday as risk sentiment received a boost from a Wall

Street rally on hopes of strong earnings and a U.S. tax reform,

and a mild recovery in commodity prices.

The Indonesian benchmark index rose 1.2 percent, its

biggest intraday gain since mid-March, bringing the weekly gain

to 0.9 percent.

The session's gains were concentrated in telecom and

consumer stocks, with conglomerate Astra International Tbk PT

gaining 6.7 percent.

Southeast Asian stocks reflected broader Asian sentiment

, as investors were unfazed by a U.S. trade probe

on Chinese steel exports, with Asian steelmakers mostly steady

or higher.

Analysts also ascribed the session's gains to lessened

apprehensions around the first round of French Presidential

elections this weekend.

French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top on

Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind

him, a poll showed.

Malaysia gained 0.8 percent, bringing the week's

gains to 1.5 percent, helping it post its best weekly

performance since mid-March.

The day's gains were driven by financials and consumer

shares, with Malayan Banking adding 3.5 percent.

Philippine and Thai shares added about 0.2

percent each, but lost 0.7 percent and 1.2 percent,

respectively, on the week.

Vietnam shares ended little changed.

Indonesian markets will remain closed on Monday for a public

holiday, while Malaysia markets will be closed for a holiday

marking the installation of the new King.

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Change on day

Market Current Previous Close Pct Move

Singapore 3139.83 3137.88 0.06

Bangkok 1570.02 1566.28 0.24

Manila 7578.16 7563.45 0.19

Jakarta 5664.475 5595.306 1.24

Kuala Lumpur 1756.05 1741.61 0.83

Ho Chi Minh 712.41 712.66 -0.04

Change on year

Market Current End 2016 Pct Move

Singapore 3139.83 2880.76 8.99

Bangkok 1570.02 1542.94 1.76

Manila 7578.16 6840.64 10.80

Jakarta 5664.475 5296.711 6.94

Kuala Lumpur 1756.05 1641.73 6.96

Ho Chi Minh 712.41 664.87 7.20

(Reporting by Rushil Dutta; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)