* Thai markets closed for a holiday * Indonesia's Gudang Garam and Sampoerna plunge * China shares end flat after U.S. index exclusion * Indian rupee slips 0.3% By Anushka Trivedi Dec 10 (Reuters) - Several of Asia's bigger stock markets fell on Thursday as falls on Wall Street and the exclusion of some Chinese firms from the main U.S. stocks index dented sentiment across the region, while new cigarette taxes hurt Indonesia's tobacco companies. Upbeat lending data propped up Shanghai shares but Singapore and South Korean shares both fell as the changes by S&P Dow Jones Indices, driven by an executive order from President Donald Trump, offered more signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing.
* Graphic: Real yield of Asian bonds https://tmsnrt.rs/2GI4V8h * S. Korea stocks, won higher after export data * S. Korea's KOSPI marks highest close since May 2018 * Baht at 10-month high By Anushka Trivedi Nov 11 (Reuters) - Stock markets in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines declined by up to 1% on Wednesday, as this week's burst of market optimism about progress on coronavirus vaccines faded. "While some concerns remain with respect to the safety and distribution of any viable COVID-19 vaccines, it appears that investors have largely adopted a wait-and-see attitude at this point," said Jingyi Pan, a Singapore-based market strategist with financial services firm IG. Other regional stock indexes also came off their highs touched since the U.S. election, although South Korea's KOSPI jumped 1.4% to mark its highest close in more than two-years.
* Thai baht adds about 2.5% since U.S. election * Vaccine distribution timeline a risk to baht - analyst * Malaysia, Singapore stocks drop By Anushka Trivedi Nov 11 (Reuters) - Thailand's baht hit a 10-month peak on Wednesday as foreign investors flocked to the country's high-yielding debt and equity markets after progress in a COVID-19 vaccine trial lifted prospects for the trade- and tourism-dominated economy. Local stocks were up 0.5%.