EMERGING MARKETS-Asian markets upward push, COVID-19 risks traipse Malaysia, Philippines

    Malaysia, Philippine shares and FX dip
    Two Fed officers keep up a correspondence Tuesday, U.S. payrolls on Friday
    Goldman Sachs cuts India Q2 GDP forecast after native curbs

    By Nikhil Nainan
    June 1 (Reuters) - Malaysia and Philippines stock and
forex markets veered away from broader Asian positive components led by
South Korea and Taiwan on Tuesday, as native govt curbs to
fight the pandemic fuelled concerns of extra economic injure.
    Most Asian equities kicked off June on a optimistic point to,
while currencies gained extra ground on a broadly weaker
dollar as patrons awaited upcoming U.S. files and Federal
Reserve speeches for clues on the central bank's policy stance.
    Markets reopen in the US later in the worldwide day
after a long weekend. The major tournament this week will be U.S.
non-farm payrolls files on Friday after the
worthy-weaker-than-expected reading a month in the past. 
    Up to now, Asia's risk-dazzling markets own held agency on Fed
reassurance that label pressures are expected to be transitory
and monetary policy will remain dovish for some time. Peaceable, a
solid U.S. recovery is elevating doubts about how long that would perchance presumably
last.
    Mizuho bank in a shopper point to mentioned a weaker dollar sits
"precariously" against an outperforming U.S. recovery, which
would perchance presumably "" lead to talk of tapering and shifts in monetary
policy. 
    The won gained half a p.c, while the Taiwan
dollar eased off a 24-year excessive against the greenback.
    Taiwan is grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak that has compelled
restrictions in every single place in the island, but officers own up to now
allayed concerns around any impact to the export-focussed
semiconductor exchange and approved an additional $15.20 billion in
stimulus spending.
    Worries around the pandemic own gripped Asia over the past
1-1/2 months, as rising infections, new virus variants and
largely dreary vaccination purposes underscore the recognize
between economic recoveries in the East and West. 
    Malaysia entered a two-week strict lockdown on Tuesday,
while the Philippines prolonged partial coronavirus curbs in the
capital and close by provinces till mid-June, no topic cases
falling.
    Inventory markets in each worldwide locations are underperforming their
regional chums, with the Philippines down around 7% up to now this
year and Malaysia down virtually 3%. Their respective currencies
 trended decrease on Tuesday. 
    "Malaysia's new lockdown measures will hit (the) economic system
laborious," BofA Securities mentioned in a level to as they decrease the nation's
2021 growth forecast to a couple.3% from 6.5%.
    Indian shares, which own been propped up by heavy foreign
inflows and are among spot's ideal performers this year, dipped
0.3% on Tuesday.   
    Slowing factory notify and worries of a success to economic
growth this quarter after a devastating second wave of
infections are leaving patrons cautious.
    Goldman Sachs diminished its second-quarter forecast for India
any other time, now expecting an annualised contraction of 27.6%,
bringing expected growth down to 9.9% for the 2022 monetary
year from an earlier forecast of 11.1%.
    Indonesian markets had been closed for a public holiday.
      
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Malaysia to roll out $9.7 bln extra in stimulus as virus
spreads
    Southeast Asia's coronavirus surge prompts shutdowns and
scare
    Asia's factories withhold enlargement, present chain woes
cloud outlook
    Monde Nissin debuts 0.14% decrease after $1 bln Philippine
IPO
  Asia stock indexes and currencies at 0630 GMT
 COUNTRY      FX RIC      FX       FX     INDEX    STOCKS   STOCKS
                          DAILY %  YTD %           DAILY %  YTD %
 Japan                    +0.11    -5.65           -0.16    4.99
 China                    -0.01    +2.46           0.05     4.15
 India                    -0.23    +0.40           -0.25    11.17
 Indonesia                -        -1.65           -        -0.53
 Malaysia                 -0.02    -2.50           -0.18    -2.86
 Philippines              -0.17    +0.61           -0.02    -7.18
 S.Korea                  +0.45    -1.78           0.54     12.10
 Singapore                +0.16    +0.14           0.24     11.53
 Taiwan                   +0.12    +3.11           0.55     16.49
 Thailand                 +0.22    -3.85           0.71     10.73
 
 (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Modifying by
Simon Cameron-Moore and Devika Syamnath)
  

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