EMERGING MARKETS-Thailand shares scale 5-month high; recovery hopes lift Singapore

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EMERGING MARKETS-Thailand shares scale 5-month high; recovery hopes lift Singapore
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* Graphic: World FX rates http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

* Thailand benchmark hits highest since June 11

* Singapore to return to growth in 2021 - govt

* Japan stock markets closed for the day

By Shruti Sonal

Nov 23 (Reuters) - Thailand shares .SETI climbed nearly 2% to hit their highest in more than five months on Monday, leading broader gains in emerging Asian stock markets, while Singapore stocks were lifted by better-than-expected third-quarter GDP numbers.

Tourism-reliant Thai shares were boosted after AstraZeneca AZN.L said tests showed its COVID-19 vaccine could be 90% effective, adding to a slew of positive developments on vaccines which have improved the mood of investors globally. has suffered more than most this year as holiday-making globally ground to a halt and the slide into global recession ate into demand for its exports, meaning it may now be among those to benefit more from a recovery.

Analysts also said that new measures unveiled by the Thai central bank aimed at balancing capital flows after warning a rapid jump in the baht THB=TH may have limited impact on foreign investors. investors could view that the recent FX measures from the Bank of Thailand seem to be less effective in term of changing the direction of Thai Baht which would hurt the return for foreign investors," said Poon Panichpibool, a markets strategist at Krung Thai Bank.

"Thus, stronger THB trend will continue and still benefit foreign investors whether they invest in Thai equities or bonds."

However, risks from political uncertainty remain and investors should be prepared for any short-term volatility, he warned, as protests in Bangkok continued on Saturday, with calls to bring down the government and reform the monarchy. shares .STI climbed more than 1% to hit their highest since March 11 as data showed the city-state's economy contracted less than initially estimated in the third quarter and the government forecast it would bounce back to growth next year. Airlines SIAL.SI and in-flight catering service provider SATS Ltd SATS.SI , however, fell over 1% each as the introduction of a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was postponed for two weeks. currencies in the region were subdued, as China's yuan edged lower against the dollar on signs of fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington. stock markets were closed for a holiday. HIGHLIGHTS:

** Thai school students protest against government, demand reform Top gainers on the Thailand's SETI .SETI include TWZ Corporation PCL TWZ.BK , Jasmine International PCL JAS.BK , Singha Estate PCL S.BK

** Singapore's 10-year benchmark yield is down 1.2 basis points at 0.92%

Asia stock indexes and currencies

at 0711 GMT

COUNTRY FX RIC

FX FX YTD

INDEX STOCKS

STOCKS

DAILY

%

DAILY %

YTD %

%

Japan

JPY=

+0.03

+4.61 .N225

-

7.9% China

+6.04 .SSEC

1.04

11.90

S>

India

INR=IN

-0.04

-3.72 .NSEI

0.27

5.96 Indones IDR=

+0.07

-1.84 .JKSE

1.35

-10.36 ia

Malaysi MYR=

+0.05

+0.02 .KLSE

0.06

0.37 a

Philipp PHP=

+0.05

+5.07 .PSI

0.12

-8.15 ines

S.Korea

+4.14 .KS11

1.92

18.42

C>

Singapo SGD=

+0.08

+0.18 .STI

1.10

-11.76 re

Taiwan

TWD=TP

+1.07

+5.58 .TWII

1.18

15.68 Thailan THB=TH

+0.07

-1.19 .SETI

1.91

-10.38 d

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