Most retreat; Noble Group shares lead Singapore gains

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BANGKOK (Nov 10): Singapore's key index scaled a more than 7-week closing high on Monday as quarterly results and special dividends boosted Noble Group shares, while the Malaysian benchmark snapped five sessions of losses with large caps leading the rebound.
    
Singapore's Straits Times Index closed up 0.44 percent at 3,301.00, the highest close since Sept. 19. Noble shares jumped 4.2 percent, their biggest one-day gain since April, and were the top percentage gainers on the index.
    
The rally in Noble Group shares came after the company's third-quarter net profit hit a 2-year high and it announced a special dividend payout.  
    
Malaysia's main index edged up 0.2 percent, slightly recovering from its fall over the last five sessions. Shares of Tenaga Nasional, Public Bank and Maybank gained in strong volumes.
    
Stocks in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam retreated after rising earlier on positive sentiment in Asia.
    
In Bangkok, late selling in shares of top energy firm PTT sent the main SET index to 1,567.34, its lowest close since Oct. 30. Brokers said declining oil prices dented
sentiment in energy shares.

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS
 Change on day
 Market             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore          3301.00       3286.39       +0.44
 Kuala Lumpur       1827.93       1824.19       +0.21
 Bangkok            1567.34       1578.37       -0.70
 Jakarta            4965.39       4987.42       -0.44
 Manila             7192.12       7205.72       -0.19
 Ho Chi Minh         602.12        602.59       -0.08
 
 Change on year
 Market             Current       End 2013    Pct Move
 Singapore          3301.00       3167.43       +4.22
 Kuala Lumpur       1827.93       1866.96       -2.09
 Bangkok            1567.34       1298.71      +20.68
 Jakarta            4965.39       4274.18      +16.17
 Manila             7192.12       5889.83      +22.11
 Ho Chi Minh         602.12        504.63      +19.32