* 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.
No change to text.) * Thai baht near two-month high * Philippine peso slips * S.Korea's won set to soften for third straight month * Malaysian markets closed for a holiday By Sameer Manekar Aug 31 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies firmed on Tuesday, with the Thai baht and Indonesian rupiah leading the pack, as the U.S. dollar remained under pressure from waning conviction about any immediate U.S. Federal Reserve stimulus tapering. The baht extended its gains into a third consecutive session, appreciating as much as 0.4% to hit a near two-month high, while the Indonesian rupiah rose for a second day to scale a near one-month high. The U.S. dollar index hovered near its two-week lows against a basket of currencies, stabilising from falls after Powell's speech last week that offered no clear signs on the central bank's plan to cut its asset purchases.
* Thai baht appreciates over half a percent * S.Korea's won hits lowest since September * Malaysian c.bank cuts 2021 growth forecast By Sameer Manekar Aug 13 (Reuters) - Thailand's baht edged up among mostly muted Asian currencies on Friday, after a short-lived retreat in the dollar this week even as COVID-19 worries capped gains, while South Korea's won fell for a fifth straight session to hit a 10-month low. Most Asian currencies were set to end the week lower, with South Korea's won the top loser and on track to post its worst weekly performance since March last year, while Thai baht was an outlier, gaining more than half a percent.