* S.Korea's won, Thai baht firm 0.5% each * Singapore dollar at 3-week high * Singapore's MAS unexpectedly tightens monetary policy * Indonesian rupiah scales 5-mth high By Sameer Manekar Oct 14 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies firmed modestly against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, with the South Korean won and the Thai baht taking the lead, and Singapore's dollar appreciating slightly after the central bank unexpectedly tightened monetary policy. The Singapore dollar firmed 0.3% to hit a three-week high after the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) tightened policy for the first time since October 2018 as the threat of inflation outweighed growth risks posed by the coronavirus.
* Most other Asian currencies decline * Thai baht scales over two-week high * South Korea's won hits over 1-year low * S.Korea base rate unchanged at 0.75% By Sameer Manekar Oct 12 (Reuters) - While most Asian currencies weakened on Tuesday, Thailand's baht gained more than 1% to stand at its strongest in over two-weeks after the government eased quarantine rules for visitors from low-risk countries in a bid to revive its key tourism sector. Analysts at Capital Economics expect BoK to make two further 25 basis points hikes by the third-quarter next year, with another in early 2023. Writing in a note, they said recent data out of South Korea points to a decent recovery in the third-quarter, and solid progress on vaccination raises prospects for lifting of containment measures and a rebound in consumer spending over the quarter ahead.
* Peso slips most in nearly four weeks * Thai baht falls from a near 2-month high * China factory activity contracts in August By Sameer Manekar Sept 1 (Reuters) - The Philippine peso and the Thai baht weakened over half a percent each on Wednesday, leading declines among largely mixed Asian currencies as a slew of soft regional economic data as well as from the United States and China weighed on the sentiment. The Philippine peso slipped as much as 0.8% to 50.03 per dollar after data showed manufacturing activity contracted in August as compared with last month, while the Thai baht slipped from a near two-month high scaled in the previous session. A raft of IHS Markit data showed factory activity in Asia lost momentum in August due to a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with China - the region's biggest trading partner - logging a contraction for the first time since April last year.