EMERGING MARKETS-Thai shares gain for fourth day on stimulus push; Philippines steadies

    * Thai benchmark index hits highest since Sept. 21
    * Most currencies edge up as U.S. dollar nurses losses
    * Chinese markets reopen after a week-long holiday on Friday

    By Shruti Sonal
    Oct 8 (Reuters) - Thai stocks climbed 1% on Thursday as the
government outlined measures to boost consumption in its
coronavirus-battered economy, while a late recovery helped
Philippine shares edge up in tandem with gains in most of Asia's
emerging markets.
    The safe-haven U.S. dollar nursed losses after the revival
of hopes for some stimulus spending in the world's biggest
economy improved investor sentiment, supporting local currencies
in Asia, which edged higher. The Taiwan dollar was
again the main standout, rising almost 1%.
    Thailand's benchmark index hit its highest in more
than two weeks after officials on Wednesday added a tax
deduction on purchases of goods and services to previously
announced cash handouts and subsidies.
    The tourism-reliant economy 
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