EMERGING MARKETS-Rupiah, won lead Asia FX gains; China data buoys stocks

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EMERGING MARKETS-Rupiah, won lead Asia FX gains; China data buoys stocks

* Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

* Rupiah set for best week since early-November

* Rupiah could outperform peers - analyst

* Lenders lift up Singapore stocks; OCBC doubles Q1 profit

By Anushka Trivedi

May 7 (Reuters) - The Indonesian rupiah and the South Korean won both firmed by 0.5%, leading gains among Asian currencies on Friday as the dollar backtracked ahead of key jobs data, while Asian stocks received a boost from China's positive economic data.

The rupiah IDR= hit a two-month high and was headed for its best week since early November as the country's quarterly economic output data on Wednesday hinted at mild recovery and as foreign investors returned to the country's high-yielding bonds. exodus of outflows, dividend repatriation pressure and concerns about Bank Indonesia's autonomy had seen the rupiah slump this year, but it recently found favour among yield-seekers as the Federal Reserve asserted a dovish stance.

As of last close, the yields on Indonesia's benchmark 10-year bonds ID10YT=RR were down 43.6 basis points from its March highs. On the day, yields fell 1 basis points to 6.445%.

"The rupiah is undervalued and is seeing a relief rally on Q1 growth showing a nascent turnaround," said Chang Wei Liang, macro-strategist at DBS Bank.

"With positioning in the rupiah assets still relatively light, further optimism over growth could see the currency outperforming regional peers."

The South Korean won KRW=KFTC had its best day in a week, while the Malaysian ringgit MYR=MY , Taiwan's dollar TWD=TP and the Thai baht THB=TH firmed between 0.1% to 0.3% as the greenback USD= eased.

U.S. payrolls data on Friday will likely confirm the economy's solid path to recovery from the pandemic, and even though it could potentially stoke inflation worries, so far the Fed has downplayed the risks of higher prices.

Meanwhile, Thailand .SETI and Taiwan shares .TWII jumped about 1% each, while South Korea's KOSPI .KS11 rallied 0.7%

after China's surprise export surge and solid services data for April cemented hopes of continuing economic recovery in the region's top trade partner. lenders propped up Singapore's bourse .STI after strong quarterly results at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp OCBC.SI and United Overseas Bank UOBH.SI . HIGHLIGHTS

** Lenders drag Indonesia stocks .JKSE

** Singapore Press SPRM.SI shares tumble up to 15% after restructuring plan India's daily COVID-19 cases rise by record 414,188 Asia stock indexes and currencies at 0403 GMT

COUNTRY

FX RIC

FX DAILY FX YTD %

INDEX STOCKS DAILY % STOCKS YTD %

%

Japan

JPY=

-0.01

-5.36 .N225

0.07

6.96 China

CNY=CFXS

+0.06

+1.07 .SSEC

0.42

-0.50 India

INR=IN

0.00

-0.94 .NSEI

0.78

6.14 Indonesia

IDR=

+0.23

-1.69 .JKSE

-0.37

-0.52 Malaysia

MYR=

+0.16

-2.27 .KLSE

0.30

-2.71 Philippines

PHP=

-0.04

+0.23 .PSI

0.15

-11.87 S.Korea

KRW=KFTC

+0.46

-3.08 .KS11

0.66

11.35 Singapore

SGD=

+0.04

-0.89 .STI

0.72

12.38 Taiwan

TWD=TP

+0.28

+2.04 .TWII

1.10

16.62 Thailand

THB=TH

+0.06

-4.01 .SETI

0.96

9.50

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