EMERGING MARKETS-Asian fx, stocks slip as US yields seen rising; Indian markets hit by virus surge

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EMERGING MARKETS-Asian fx, stocks slip as US yields seen rising; Indian markets hit by virus surge
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* India shares down 3%, rupee lowest since August

* South Korean won, Thai baht weaken 0.5% each

* Shares in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia slip

* Indonesian rupiah at its lowest since November

By Sameer Manekar

April 12 (Reuters) - Asian currencies weakened and equities declined on Monday, with South Korean won, Indian rupee and Thai baht falling the most, as expectations of more robust economic data from the United States is expected to push U.S. yields higher.

South Korea's won KRW=KFTC weakened 0.5% and Indian rupee INR=IN hit its lowest level since Aug. 4. Equities in Singapore .STI and Malaysia .KLSE lost more than half a percent, while Indian .NSEI shares plunged as much as 3% amid surge in coronavirus cases. .BO

Investors await U.S. consumer inflation data for March on Tuesday, where a likely jump on the back of massive stimulus spending is expected to push U.S. Treasury yields higher. of positive data signalling a rapid economic recovery in the United States, which some analysts have said will outpace other developed markets, have supported the U.S. dollar this year and dented the appeal of its emerging market counterparts.

"Emerging markets currencies will be caught in the cross-fire between inflation and yield-seeking behaviour in a higher debt world paradoxically inundated with cheap capital," Masayuki Tsunashima, an analyst at Mizuho Bank said in a note.

In Singapore, stocks declined for the fifth straight session ahead of the central bank's monetary policy decision on Wednesday.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seen keeping its exchange-rate based policy settings unchanged, a Reuters poll showed. MAS lets the local dollar rise or fall against the currencies of its main trading partners within an undisclosed band. trade-reliant economy is expected to contract only slightly in the first quarter as activity continues to recover from a pandemic-induced shock, a separate Reuters poll showed. is also facing some political uncertainty after the city-state's deputy prime minister unexpectedly stepped aside as the designated successor to current premier Lee Hsien Loong. rupiah IDR= , which backs some of the highest-yielding debt in emerging markets, fell to its lowest level since Nov. 3, with 10-year benchmark yields ID10YT=RR jumping nearly a percent.

Retail sales in Indonesia fell 18.1% in February from the same month a year earlier, a central bank survey showed. benchmark stock index in Jakarta slid as much as 0.9%, while shares in Kuala Lumpur fell 0.5%. Shares in Thailand .SETI lost as much as 1.5% as a surge in coronavirus cases weighed on sentiment. the week, first-quarter economic performance of China, Asia's growth powerhouse, as well as corporate earnings in the United States will also be in focus. Indonesian 10-year benchmark yields rise 6.2 basis points to 6.515%

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Asia stock indexes and

currencies at 0438 GMT

COUNTRY FX RIC

FX

FX

INDE STOCK STOCK

DAILY YTD % X

S

S YTD

%

DAILY

%

%

Japan

JPY=

+0.09 -5.76 <.N2 -0.53 7.90

25>

China

S>

EC>

India

INR=IN -0.24 -2.47 <.NS -2.30 3.66

EI>

Indones

IDR=

-0.27 -3.84 <.JK -1.34 0.17

ia

SE>

Malaysi

MYR=

-0.05 -2.78 <.KL -0.39 -1.30

a

SE>

Philipp

PHP=

-0.06 -1.15 <.PS -0.17 -8.48 ines

I>

S.Korea

C>

11>

Singapo

SGD=

-0.08 -1.60 <.ST -0.41 11.53

re

I>

Taiwan

TWD=TP -0.07 +0.10 <.TW 0.14 14.56

II>

Thailan THB=TH -0.44 -5.07 <.SE -1.26 6.71

d

TI>

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