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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  16 April 2014 


16 April 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +6.88 points higher or +0.21% to 3253.2, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.79%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.71% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.39%. The top active stocks were CapitaMalls Asia (unchanged), Noble Group (+1.59%), DBS (+0.60%), Global Logistic (+1.50%) and SingTel (+0.27%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index (+3.86%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Health Care Index are Raffles Medical Group (+1.83%) and Biosensors International Group (+6.59%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Services Index, which declined -0.37% with Genting Singapore’s share price remaining unchanged and Jardine Cycle & Carriage ’s share price declining -1.22%. The FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index gained +0.34%.  The FTSE ST Telecommunications Index gained +0.19%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India   (-1.23%), SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (+0.62%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.54%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCommercial Trust (+1.87%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged), CapitaMall Trust (+0.25%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22800MBeCW140529 (+3.45%), HSI22400MBePW140529 (+0.96%), HSI23000MBePW140529 (+0.64%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140604 (+6.19%), UOB MB eCW140801 (-8.78%), BiosensoMBeCW14 1 (+24.62%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                  Wednesday                Tuesday
*ST Index                3,253.2  +6.88     3,246.32  +31.49
Volume:                       1,866.5M               2,589.6M
Value:                        $1,252.6M             $1,767.6M
Gainers/Losers:              249/198                  250/205


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
16 Apr 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 8.51 points or 0.46% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.32% to 16841.63 points, the Properties Index up 0.82% to 1443.5 points and the Plantation Index down 0.31% to 8926.02 points. The market traded within a range of 9.25 points between an intra-day high of 1854.62 and a low of 1845.37 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include KNM-WA, SONA-WA, RA, SALCON-WA, SONA, SALCON, TALAMT, TIGER-WB, TIGER and GOB. Trading volume decreased to 2401.57 mil shares worth RM2254.05 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2589.88 mil shares worth RM2507.90 mil.

Leading Movers were SIME (+2 sen to RM9.32), AXIATA (+1 sen to RM6.61) and IOIPG (+1 sen to RM2.75). Lagging Movers were CIMB (-5 sen to RM7.35), PPB (-38 sen to RM16.14), TM (-10 sen to RM5.94), IOICORP (-5 sen to RM4.77) and GENM (-6 sen to RM4.20). Market breadth was positive with 442 gainers as compared to 374 losers.

The KLCI fell and closed at 1849.87 points despite the positive overnight performance in Wall Street as investors remained wary of the heightening Ukraine worries while also weighing the slowing economy growth in China, which fell to an 18-month low.


Frankfurt/Main 16 April 2014

Deutsche B?rse and The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) to cooperate Memorandum of Understanding signed last week

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Deutsche B?rse AG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 April 2014. Both partners aim to enter into a cooperative relationship for the purpose of facilitating the development of the securities and derivatives markets between Thailand and Germany.

Under the terms of the MoU, the organizations aim to assess potential cooperation projects in cash and derivative products, market data as well as in
clearing and risk management. They also are to start a comprehensive sharing of knowledge and information on business areas and regulatory developments.

"SET is pleased to collaborate with Deutsche B?rse to explore business opportunities that promote the development of securities and derivatives markets of the two countries. We look forward to the continued development of our fruitful relationship with Deutsche B?rse," said Sathit Limpongpan, SET Chairman.

"The cooperation with Deutsche B?rse is a key milestone towards enhancing our capabilities in product development and distribution, investor base expansion, and service enhancement," said Charamporn Jotikasthira, SET President.

"We are pleased to deepen our relationship with The Stock Exchange of Thailand with this cooperation agreement. This partnership is an important element of our overall Asia strategy," said Andreas Preuss, Deputy CEO of Deutsche B?rse AG and CEO of Eurex.

Trading Summary

As of  16 April  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                                  Buy                Sell              Net        
 Institution                    2,714.30       1,066.46      1,647.84     
Proprietary                   2,731.44       2,331.58         399.86     
Foreign                      10,658.85      10,413.47         245.38     
Individual                   10,549.08      12,842.15     -2,293.07     
Total Trading Value      26,653.67 M.Baht


Vietnam index ends at 6-wk low, caution over a hearing   

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  dropped 2.01 percent on Wednesday as investors were cautious on the first day of a high-profile financial fraud case.
Asia Commercial Bank's  founder and tycoon Nguyen Duc Kien faced a court hearing in Hanoi on Wednesday morning with four charges including fraud and tax dodging, causing losses of nearly 1.7 trillion dong ($80.7 million), according to prosecutors.

The hearing was suspended until further notice because a former government minister, who had also been due to stand the Wednesday hearing, was absent, the court said.
"Market sentiment was strongly affected by this big financial case," said analyst Tran Thang Long at BIDV Securities.
Lack of supportive news and recent falls also discouraged investors from buying, analysts said.
The index has fallen for five straight sessions, closing at 574.29 points on Wednesday, the lowest level since March 4 .
Most stocks lost ground, led by PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's biggest listed firm, that dropped 2.69 percent, followed by property firm Vingroup  with a 2.94-percent fall.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close
                         VN Index       574.29             
                PREV. CLOSE       586.09             
                   % CHANGE       -2.01%             
                     HIGH       585.51             
                      LOW       567.61             


SE Asia Stocks-Malaysia weak; March inflation meets forecast  

Malaysian stocks hit three-week lows on Wednesday as investors booked profits in shares of large cap companies ahead of the release of March
inflation data while the Thai benchmark index breached a key 1,400 mark amid selective buying in banking shares ahead of results.
Stocks on the benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite Index  fell 0.5 percent to 1,845.37, the lowest close since March 26. Among the losers, shares of Telekom Malaysia  dropped 1.7 percent, erasing some of Tuesday's gains.
Malaysia's consumer price index   in March rose 3.5 percent from a year earlier, reflecting a hike in food, transport and electricity prices, data from the Statistics Department showed on Wednesday.

The data was released near the closing hour.

The Thai SET index  gained 0.9 percent to 1,401.84.

The banking subindex  was among the outperformers, up 1.1 percent. Thai banks are due to report their January-March earnings from this week.
The Philippine index   extended its gain for a second session, adding 0.8 percent to the highest close since July 30, ahead of a four-day holiday starting Thursday.
Stocks in Vietnam bucked the trend, with the main index  falling for a fifth session to the lowest since March 4 as investors were cautious on the first day of a high-profile financial fraud case.  

 Market                            Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*          419.27         418.02           +0.30
 Singapore                      3253.20       3246.32           +0.21
 Kuala Lumpur               1845.37       1853.88            -0.46
 Bangkok                      1 401.84       1389.16           +0.91
 Jakarta                          4873.01       4870.22           +0.06
 Manila                           6671.18       6621.66           +0.75
 Ho Chi Minh                   574.29         586.09            -2.01


Asia shares rise, shrug off slower China growth

Shares rose Wednesday in Asia as positive sentiment from strong corporate earnings outweighed Ukraine's crisis and slower economic growth in China.

The Nikkei jumped 2.5 percent to 14,347.41 as a weaker yen boosted exporter stocks and Softbank Corp. shares soared nearly 9 percent after Chinese e-commerce Alibaba Group Holding Co., in which it holds a 37 percent stake, reported strong earnings.

Japanese stocks are still in recovery mode after last week's global rout in technology shares. Markets were also relieved a slowdown in China's growth, to 7.4 percent in the first quarter, was more modest than forecast.

That was the slowest pace of expansion since the third quarter of 2012, but slightly higher than the average of analyst forecasts. China's economy, the world's second largest, grew 7.7 percent in the final quarter of last year. Beijing is targeting 7.5 percent growth for 2014.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.6 percent to 22,800.11 and South Korea's Kospi index edged up 0.1 percent to 1,993.62.

Elsewhere in Asia, the Shanghai Composite added 0.3 percent to 2,107.06. Markets also rose in Southeast Asia, Australia and India.

Concerns over Ukraine, which sent tanks and troops to reclaim government buildings occupied by pro-Russian gunmen in its eastern region, pulled shares lower Tuesday.

But a late afternoon rebound spurred by strong corporate earnings lifted Wall Street, where the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.6 percent to 16,262.56 and the Standard & Poor's 500 climbed 0.7 percent to 1,842.98. Even the tech-heavy Nasdaq recovered, gaining 0.3 percent to 4,034.16.

European shares remained gloomy.

Germany's DAX fell 1.8 percent to close at 9,173.71 and France's CAC 40 dropped 0.9 percent at 4,345.35. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.6 percent to 6,541.61.

In currencies, the dollar was trading at 102.19 yen, up from 101.86 yen late Tuesday. The euro was trading at $1.3818, compared with $1.3814.

Benchmark U.S. crude contract for May delivery was up 7 cents at $103.82 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It closed Tuesday at $103.75, down 30 cents


US stock markets rebounds after choppy day

A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday.

Stocks managed a late-afternoon rebound for the second time in two days as investors seemed to brush off a report of lower confidence among homebuilders and simmering tensions in the Ukraine.

The late rally even gave a lift to tech stocks like Google and Intel, which had weighed on the market much of the day.

"As long as the market can close on a positive note, it sends a signal to investors that there are bargains in the market still to be had," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial.

The day started off well when Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola reported encouraging first-quarter earnings.

But the strong beginning fell apart by late morning, when investors got a look at the latest measure of U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Builders saw overall sales conditions as poor, even though they expected improvement over the spring and summer.

The morning slide didn't hold, however. By the end of the day, the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12.37 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,842.98.

All ten industry sectors in the S&P 500 increased, led by utilities.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 89.32 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,262.56. The Nasdaq composite rose 11.47 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,034.16.

All three indexes remain down for the month and year.

The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks, which had been down more than 1 percent earlier in the day, ended higher. The index is still off 3.8 percent for the year, more than the other major indexes. It's also down more than 7 percent from its recent peak of 1,208 on March 4.

Small-company stocks have been racking up losses over the past five weeks, as investors look to reduce their exposure to risk. That's a turnaround from last year, when the Russell soared 37 percent versus 30 percent for the S&P 500 index.

The stock market has been losing ground in recent weeks as investors worry about whether some tech stocks became overpriced.

"There still seems to be some concern about valuation in some corners of the market, especially some of the more high-flying names that had run pretty far, pretty fast, and that's putting an overall weight on the market," said Brad Sorensen, director of market and sector analysis at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

Traders also remain focused on what the latest wave of quarterly earnings will say about the health of the U.S. economy and companies.

After regular trade ended Tuesday, Yahoo soared 8 percent and Intel rose 1 percent. The two tech giants reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

Several major companies, including Google, American Express, Bank of America and IBM were due to report results on Wednesday.

"We're looking for healthy earnings growth and so far, we're getting it," said Anastasia Amoroso, global market strategist at JPMorgan Chase.

Not all stocks managed to end in the green.

Most homebuilder shares slumped, with M/I Homes among the biggest decliners. The builder fell 38 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $22.11.

PetSmart posted the steepest drop among companies in the S&P 500 index after an analyst downgraded the stock, saying new competition in pet care will create trouble for the retailer. The stock fell $2.76, or 4 percent, to $66.61.

TripAdvisor led all the risers in the S&P 500 index, gaining $3.53, or 4.4 percent, to $83.30.

Coca-Cola rose $1.45, or 3.7 percent, to $40.18 after it reported that strong sales of noncarbonated drinks helped offset a first-quarter decline in soda.

Johnson & Johnson rose $2.06, or 2.1 percent, to $99.20 after the world's biggest maker of health care products topped Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook.

In Europe, Ukraine sent tanks and troops to reclaim government buildings being occupied by pro-Russian gunmen in the eastern part of the country. European governments have accused Russia of instigating the activists, raising the prospect of escalating violence and more sanctions against Moscow, possibly affecting the valuable energy trade

Europe's markets fared worse on Tuesday. Germany's DAX fell 1.8 percent while France's CAC 40 dropped 0.9 percent.

In government bond trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.63 percent from 2.65 percent late Monday.

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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