EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine stocks rise as virus cases slow; Taiwan dollar tops Asia FX

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EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine stocks rise as virus cases slow; Taiwan dollar tops Asia FX
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* Graphic: World FX rates http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

* Graphic: Foreign flows into Asian stocks https://tmsnrt.rs/3lKhL5I

* Philippine stocks set for third straight day of gains

* S. Korean won at its strongest level since April 2019

* Taiwan dollar set for third straight day of gains

By Shriya Ramakrishnan

Oct 21 (Reuters) - Philippine shares hit their highest level in over three months on Wednesday after a drop in new COVID-19 infections, while Taiwan's dollar rose the most among Asian currencies as strong export orders lifted sentiment.

Manila's benchmark index .PSI was set to extend gains for a third consecutive day, rising 2.7% to its highest since July 9, after the Philippines reported its lowest daily increase in infections in four weeks. has improved recently for Philippine stocks after the passage of the 2021 budget aimed at underpinning an economic recovery, and the relaxation of further coronavirus restrictions in Manila.

"While recent gains have been impressive, I think there is still a long way to go in order for the benchmark stock index to recover back to pre-pandemic levels," said Daniel Dubrovsky, analyst at IG.

"The challenge that Philippine equities face as a whole is that about 40% of the benchmark is comprised of industrial companies...which really need the support of a strong rebound in global growth. While it is hard to say which sector could outperform, monetary policy conditions seem to be supportive of the real estate one."

Stock markets and currencies across the rest of the region traded higher as growing optimism that U.S. lawmakers are nearing a deal on a stimulus package helped draw money into riskier Asian assets, sending the dollar to a one-month low.

South Korea's won KRW=KFTC advanced 0.6% and the benchmark KOSPI KRW=KFTC rose 0.3%, even as preliminary trade figures showed exports out of Asia's fourth-largest economy fell again. dollar TWD=TP extended its winning streak for a third consecutive day, rising 1% to 28.64 per dollar after data showed export orders rose for a seventh consecutive month in September. currency has gained around 5% against the greenback so far this year, having benefited from stronger exports from the tech powerhouse island, helped by demand for laptops and tablets to support the work-from-home trend during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While central bank is likely to be monitoring the situation carefully and perhaps intervene marginally, they have little choice but to resign to the trend," said Mahesh Sethuraman, deputy head of global sales trading at Saxo Capital Markets.

"While it does hurt the competitiveness of their export economy to some extent, given Taiwan is one of the few economies to bounce back from COVID swiftly, that gives the central bank some buffer to withstand currency appreciation."


** Thailand's 10-year government bond yields are down 1.5 basis points at 1.375%

** In the Philippines, top index gainers are Alliance Global Group Inc AGI.PS up 5.73% at 7.93 pesos, Robinsons Land Corp RLC.PS up 5.52% at 15.3 pesos, Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI.PS up ​ 4.35% at 72 pesos

* Top losers on FTSE Bursa Malaysia Kl Index .KLSE include Top Glove Corporation Bhd TPGC.KL down 4.43% at 9.06 ringgit; Hartalega Holdings Bhd HTHB.KL down 2.94% at 18.48 ringgit; Sime Darby Plantation Bhd SIPL.KL down 1.61% at 4.9 ringgit

Asia stock indexes and

currencies at 0418 GMT






DAILY % YTD % Japan


+0.19 +3.15 .N225


0.03 China

+0.33 +4.63 .SSEC






0.00 -2.83 .NSEI

0.89 -1.36 Indonesi IDR=

+0.17 -5.09 .JKSE

-0.02 -19.06 a

Malaysia MYR=

+0.10 -1.30 .KLSE

-0.59 -5.46 Philippi PHP=

-0.08 +4.33 .PSI

2.74 -19.65 nes


+0.56 +2.07 .KS11




Singapor SGD=

+0.12 -0.83 .STI

0.39 -21.23 e



+0.97 +5.07 .TWII


7.47 Thailand THB=TH

+0.16 -4.20 .SETI

0.69 -22.84

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