SE Asia Stocks-Singapore recovers; others subdued amid China-U.S. trade spat

By Arundhati Dutta

* Philippines hits 6-week low, Ayala Land drops * Singapore snaps 3 straight sessions of losses * U.S. bills on Hong Kong 'wild card' in trade talks -OCBC By Arundhati Dutta Nov 22 (Reuters) - Singapore shares recovered on Friday after a steep drop in the previous session, but other Southeast Asian markets remained subdued amid mounting worries that U.S. backing of Hong Kong protesters may worsen its ties with China. Though the Chinese commerce ministry said it was willing to work with the United States to reach an interim trade deal, investors continued to fret, with U.S. President Donald Trump set to sign into law the bills backing Hong Kong protesters. Terming the bills "a wild card" for the market, OCBC Treasury Research said in a note that China's reaction may hold the key to investor sentiment, given there is no detailed retaliation plan yet. Singapore shares gained 0.5% after shedding 2% in the last three sessions, as investors snapped up beaten-down stocks. Despite Friday's gains, the index is set for its biggest weekly drop in seven weeks. Philippine shares fell over 1.2% to a six-week low, heading for their worst week in more than three months. Developer Ayala Land Inc, the fourth-largest stock on the index, slipped as much as 3% to its lowest in nearly eight months. Losses in big caps such as Ayala Land Inc came from weak sentiment in the region, according to Charles William Ang, an associate analyst at COL Financial Group. Conglomerate DMCI Holdings also weighed on the index, extending losses after the energy department announced a ban on operations of a coal miner, in which it is a major stakeholder. Indonesian stocks edged lower, hurt by financials and communications stocks. Index heavyweight Pt Telekomunikasi Indonesia shed 0.5%. Vietnamese shares slipped 0.5% to their lowest in over two months and were set for a third straight session of losses, with real estate stocks weighing on the index. Malaysian and Thai stocks were little changed. For Asian Companies click; SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS at 0456 Change on the day Market Current Previous close Pct Move Singapore 3208.68 3192.21 0.52 Bangkok 1591.99 1591.86 0.01 Manila 7726.01 7818.89 -1.19 Jakarta 6096.722 6117.364 -0.34 Kuala Lumpur 1593.09 1592.19 0.06 Ho Chi Minh 983.14 987.89 -0.48 Change so far in 2019 Market Current End 2018 Pct Move Singapore 3208.68 3068.76 4.56 Bangkok 1591.99 1563.88 1.80 Manila 7726.01 7,466.02 3.48 Jakarta 6096.722 6,194.50 -1.58 Kuala Lumpur 1593.09 1690.58 -5.77 Ho Chi Minh 983.14 892.54 10.15 (Reporting by Arundhati Dutta; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)