(Jan 27): Most Southeast Asian stock markets were sluggish in lacklustre trade on Friday, ahead of the Chinese new year holidays, as investors failed to capitalise on a global equity markets rally overnight.
A key index of global equity markets hit a near 2-year high on Thursday, not far off from a record high it touched in April 2015.
Overnight on Wall Street, all three major indexes hit life-time intraday highs, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average also closing at a record high, after breaching 20,000 on Wednesday.
In Indonesia, the Jakarta SE Composite Index fell, led lower by consumer staples and telecom stocks.
The index posted a weekly gain of 1.1%.
Telecommunications provider PT XL Axiata slipped 1.4%, while agribusiness company PT Wahana Pronatural Tbk fell 6.4%.
"Indonesia will be quiet, as uncertainties are still lingering," said Dang Maulida, an analyst with Jakarta-based Daewoo Securities.
"It remains to be seen if they are going to tighten the monetary policy. The inflation rate due next week will determine the colour of the market during the first quarter."
Thai shares snapped five sessions of gains to end lower, dragged down by industrials and financial stocks.
It however gained 1.8% on the week.
Thailand plans to boost public spending, which is expected to lift economic growth by 0.4-0.5 percentage points this year, according to the country's finance minister.
National carrier Thai Airways International Pcl fell 2.2% to its lowest in more than one month.
Philippines was flat, with gains in telecom stocks offset by losses in real estate shares.
Refiner Petron Corp fell 2.7%, its lowest close in nearly two months.
Singapore ended 0.4% higher, while Malaysia fell 0.4%, in truncated trading in both markets, ahead of the Lunar new year holiday.
Vietnam's financial markets are closed from Jan 26 to Feb 1 for a national holiday.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.1%, with several markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.
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