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Emerging Markets-Asian shares, Forex tumble as new COVID-19 pressure triggers lockdown fears

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    * Graphic: Planet Forex rates tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
    * S. Korean gained marks 3-wk lower, shares plunge
    * Thai central lender assembly awaited on Wednesday
    * Journey and industrial stocks tumble in Asia

    By Anushka Trivedi
    Dec 22 (Reuters) - Indonesia, South Korea and Singapore
shares slumped up to 2% on Tuesday, dragged down by export and
journey focussed shares on rising anxieties about feasible
lockdowns thanks to a new rapid-spreading COVID-19 strain.
    Malaysia and Singapore stocks have been on monitor
to fall for a fourth straight session, whilst the Jakarta index
 saw its worst working day in a few months as more nations shut
their doors to travellers from the British isles following the detection of a
extremely virulent pressure of the virus.   
    "You will find a good deal of dollars that went into leisure since
all people jumped on the vaccine bandwagon. So obviously that is
heading to be a person of the pawns instantly put in play on these
adverse headlines," claimed Stephen Innes, chief global industry
strategist at Axi.  
    The leaders in the designed globe will be additional inclined to
impose stricter lockdowns for the future 4 months and that is
very about, Innes added.
    The new virus pressure was detected in Australia on Monday,
when Hong Kong and India explained they would suspend flights from
    Most of the trade- and tourism-reliant inventory indexes fell in
the area, with South Korea's KOSPI plunging 1.5% as
the nation battled a rise in bacterial infections and imposed new curbs.
The received gave up .5% to strike a three-week lower.

    Earlier this 12 months, the island-country was lauded for its
dealing with of the 1st two waves of the virus. The received has been
among the the leading performing currencies but has fallen 1.7% immediately after
new virus conditions have been documented about two-months back.
    The Thai baht eased .3% a working day in advance of the Lender of
Thailand's initial meeting because the central financial institution intervened
previously this month in the overseas exchange markets to control the
currency's rapid increase. 
    Analysts at Standard Chartered explained in a notice that there was
constrained space for the country's central lender to relieve charges, even
up coming year. In its place, it might revise its 2021 expansion forecasts as
the financial system continues to be weak.
    A surge in circumstances around the weekend linked to an outbreak at a
 seafood centre also clouded Thailand's economic outlook as it
threatened to obstacle the country's endeavours at reviving
    Other regional currencies weakened from a broadly
stronger dollar, with the Malaysian ringgit, the
Indonesian rupiah and the Singapore greenback
dropping .3% just about every.

    ** Indonesian 10-yr benchmark yields are up
9.2 foundation points at 6.13%
    ** Major losers on the Singapore benchmark are:
Singapore Airlines, down 4.3% and SATS Ltd,
down 3.4%
    ** Major losers on the Malaysia benchmark are: Genting
Malaysia Bhd down 4.7% and Genting Bhd down

 Asia stock indexes and currencies at                                                    
 0658 GMT                                                                   
 Country      Forex RIC       Fx Everyday %   Forex YTD %    INDEX   Stocks Daily %   Stocks YTD %
 Japan                          -.14      +4.99                     -1.04          11.75
 China                          -.02      +6.28                     -1.63          10.31
 India                          -.19      -3.43                     -.62           8.85
 Indonesia                      -.32      -1.87                     -1.68          -3.77
 Malaysia                       -.27      +.71                     -1.22           2.45
 Philippines                    +.05      +5.29                     -.31          -7.84
 S.Korea                        -.42      +4.42                     -1.62          24.39
 Singapore                      -.30      +.61                     -1.20         -12.74
 Taiwan                         +1.32      +6.96                     -1.44          18.17
 Thailand                       -.33      -.93                      1.21         -10.20

 (Reporting by Anushka Trivedi in Bengaluru, additonal reporting
by A K Pranav Enhancing by Anil D'Silva)
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