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20 April 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 21.94 points or 0.62% lower to 3503.25, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.10%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which declined 1.12%, DBS, which declined 0.80%, Keppel Corp, which closed unchanged, CapitaLand, which declined 1.09% and UOB, with a 0.29% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index fell 0.32%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index fell 0.57%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which rose 1.77%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Raffles Medical Group and Biosensors International Group – ended 1.02% higher and 5.03% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which slipped 1.65%. United Envirotech shares rose 3.15% and Hyflux declined 1.07%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were:

United SSE 50 China ETF (-0.66%)

IS MSCI India (-2.02%)

STI ETF (-0.28%)

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were:

Ascendas REIT (+0.38%)

CapitaCom Trust (-0.58%)

CapitaMall Trust (unchanged)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI26600MBePW150528 (+25.00%)

HSI28600MBeCW150528 (-29.66%)

HSI29000MBeCW150629 (-30.49%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

SingTelMBeCW160603 (-4.65%)

OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-6.03%)

UOB MB eCW150701 (-0.70%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                    Monday                           Friday
*ST Index             3,503.25  -21.94          3,525.19  -6.42
Volume:                        2,599.6M                  2,502.1M
Value:                         $1,151.9M                $1,403.5M
Gainers/Losers:            151/343                     226/237


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
20 April 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.80 points or 0.15% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.30% to 16397.25 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.14% to 1338.01 points and the Plantation Index down 0.24% to 7717.75 points. The market traded within a range of 7.87 points between an intra-day high of 1848.97 and a low of 1841.10 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include FRONTKN, BIOHLDG, NOVAMSC, RGB, KANGER-WA, KANGER, LUSTER, AT, NEXGRAM and DGB. Trading volume increased to 3131.23 mil shares worth RM2144.31 mil as compared to Friday’s 2579.84 mil shares worth RM2283.66 mil.

Leading Movers were KLCC (+14 sen to RM7.24), SIME (+17 sen to RM9.44), IHH (+8 sen to RM5.99), CIMB (+5 sen to RM6.15) and RHBCAP (+6 sen to RM7.90). Lagging Movers were GENM (-14 sen to RM4.33), YTL (-2 sen to RM1.66), SKPETRO (-3 sen to RM2.69), MISC (-9 sen to RM8.99) and BAT (-50 sen to RM67.38). Market breadth was negative with 346 gainers as compared to 485 losers.

The KLCI started the week on a positive note, closing at 1848.66 points despite losses in US market on last Friday after China changes their trading regulations and cut its reserve requirement ratio (RRR) to fight slowdown in the economy.


Trading Summary

As of   20 April   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                           Buy                        Sell                     Net
Institution               1,884.45         3,511.03           -1,626.58     
Proprietary             4,016.20         3,229.74                786.46     
Foreign                 13,810.83       13,839.92                -29.09     
Individual             19,165.34          8,296.12               869.22     
Total Trading Value     38,876.82 M.Baht     


Vietnam index falls 0.6 percent, blue-chips lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   closed 0.58 percent lower on Monday, with investors booking profits from recent gains, mostly in big-caps, while foreign investors extended their net purchase position.
More than half of the equities headed south, led by PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's top listed firm by market value, with a 1.5-percent fall, followed by Hanoi-based lender BIDV  that lost 1.04 percent.
 Analysts gave mixed views about the short-term outlook as both buying and selling demand were moderate, with volume reaching nearly 100 million shares on Monday, slightly above the 30-day average of 94.5 million.
Foreign investors, however, extended their net buying position to the seventh straight session at 131 billion dong  ($6.08 million), focusing mostly on banking stocks, exchange.
 Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close
                        VN Index       565.04              
                PREV. CLOSE       568.32              
                   % CHANGE       -0.58%              
                       HIGH       568.83              
                        LOW       562.66              


SE Asia Stocks-Mostly down after Chinese clampdown; Philippines near 4-week low

Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended weaker on Monday, tracking global markets on concerns of further crackdowns on margin financing by Chinese authorities, but China's steps to stimulate its slowing economy helped cap the fall.  
Along with Chinese crackdown on margin financing, renewed debt worries in Greece also weighed on investor sentiment.     

 Philippines stock index  fell 1 percent to end at its lowest close since March 25, after losing more than 1.8 percent in the early trade. Manila shares saw a net outflow of $15.92 million, the stock exchange.  

Singapore's Strait Times Index   ended 0.6 percent down at a one-week closing low, Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index   fell 0.2 percent to its lowest finish since March 27, despite $1.17 billion inflow.    

Thailand's SET Index  ended 0.4 percent down at its lowest close since April 10, led by energy shares. Oil company PTT   lost 2.5 percent, while PTT Exploration and Production   fell 1.6 percent.

Financials also dragged the Thai stock market after disappointing results by TMB Bank   and analysts said sentiment on other banks, which are expected to release their March quarter earnings later this week, was negative.

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  closed 0.6 percent lower with investors booking profits from recent gains, mostly in large-caps, while foreign investors extended their net purchase.
 Malaysia  , bucking the trend, recovered to end 0.2 percent firmer despite $15.81 million net outflow.  
 Market                    Current        Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore              3503.25           3525.19             -0.62
 Kuala Lumpur       1848.66           1845.86            +0.15
 Bangkok                1560.32           1566.85             -0.42
 Jakarta                   5400.80           5410.64             -0.18
 Manila                   7865.27           7946.89             -1.03
 Ho Chi Minh           565.04             568.32             -0.58

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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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