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21 April 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 10.83 points or 0.37% higher to 2960.78, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.71%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 0.51%, DBS, which declined 0.25%, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.64%, Keppel Corp, which gained 0.17% and UOB, with a 0.30% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 1.10%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.60%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Industrials Index, which rose 3.18%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings – ended 4.92% higher and 4.04% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 0.48%. Silverlake Axis shares declined 0.86% and CSE Global declined 2.22%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (+0.76%)

STI ETF (+0.34%)

IS MSCI India 100 (-0.29%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+0.80%)

Capitamall Trust (unchanged)

Suntec REIT (+2.05%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI21400MBeCW160530 (+26.47%)

HSI20000MBePW160629 (-16.25%)

HSI21000MBePW160530 (-23.14%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160705 (-10.45%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW161003 (+1.19%)

UOB MB eCW160704 (-8.00%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
 Singapore Stock Market
                  Thursday                Wednesday
*ST Index     2,960.78  +10.83     2,949.95  -1.86
Volume:     1,440.9M     1,113.9M
Value:     $1,210.7M     $1,057.9M
Gainers/Losers:     271/129     169/245


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
21 April 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 12.56 points or 0.73% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.46% to 14913.42 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.00% to 1187.09 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.42% to 7761.91 points. The market traded within a range of 12.36 points between an intra-day high of 1721.47 and a low of 1709.11 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include AAX, AAX-WA, ARMADA, SGB-PA, EKA, VIVOCOM, HSI-HU, PERISAI, KNM and ALAM. Trading volume increased to 1991.61 mil shares worth RM1953.98 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1748.48 mil shares worth RM2059.20 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+46 sen to RM9.60), WPRTS (+9 sen to RM4.27), HLFG (+30 sen to RM15.50), GENM (+7 sen to RM4.56) and SKPETRO (+2 sen to RM1.79). Lagging Movers were MAYBANK (-2 sen to RM9.01), MISC (-0 sen to RM8.90), IHH (-1 sen to RM6.68), BAT (-10 sen to RM53.98) and PETDAG (-6 sen to RM23.82). Market breadth was positive with 507 gainers as compared to 351 losers.

The KLCI rose to close at 1721.47 points, taking cue from overnight gains in Wall Street. Our local bourse advanced on bargain hunting.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     21 April 2016     
Description          Volume                          Value       Frequency
ETF                    112,300                 34,811,500                    08
Stock       5,183,517,167    6,146,666,004,865          267,295
Warrant           2,610,800                 88,847,400                  175
Total        5,186,240,267    6,146,789,663,765          267,478


Thai bourse promotes listed firms’ quality via sustainability assessment, to announce THSI and SET Sustainability Awards for 2016

Bangkok, April 21, 2016 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) continues to underline its commitment to develop Thai listed firms’ quality towards sustainable growth by conducting an annual exchange-wide sustainability assessment. Listed companies with outstanding assessment scores on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects will be included in the Thailand Sustainability Investment (THSI) list while those with exceptional sustainability performance will also be granted the notable SET Sustainability Awards 2016 by this year’s end.
SET President Kesara Manchusree stated that SET would announce the Thailand Sustainability Investment 2016 list and grant SET Sustainability Awards 2016 in Q4/2016, following the successful launch last year. The project has highlighted SET’s endeavors to further drive the capital market towards sustainability by enhancing listed firms’ quality, encouraging them to operate their businesses with good corporate governance practices and take stakeholders’ benefits into account.

“Sustainable investing has significantly influenced global investors’ decision-making, proven by the sharp increase of investment aligning the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) worth of USD 59 trillion in 2015, jumping from only USD 4 trillion in 2006. Thailand is no exception, there are a rising number of newly-launched local funds which not only focus on financial returns but also take ESG performance into consideration in the recent years,” Kesara added.

To facilitate sustainable economic and social development, SET continues to conduct its annual sustainability assessment, using an updated questionnaire and assessment criteria in accordance with international standards and local context to evaluate listed firms’ ESG performance. The participating companies that can achieve scores of no less than 50 percent in economic, environmental and social dimensions and meet the qualification criteria will be included in the THSI. In addition, firms with exceptional sustainability performance will also be granted the notable SET Sustainability Awards. These firms, regarded as quality stocks with long-term potential, will be promoted as attractive alternatives for individual and institutional investors.

Trading Summary

As of 21 April 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                       Buy               Sell               Net
Institution       6,576.31       4,781.26     1,795.05
Proprietary      5,665.21      5,140.65         524.56
Foreign         11,500.28       9,651.43     1,848.85
Individual     23,565.73     27,734.19    -4,168.46
Total Trading Value     47,307.53 M.Baht


Vietnam index posts biggest jump in 7 weeks on upbeat oil prices   
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended up 1.36 percent on Thursday, posting its strongest jump since March 2, with most shares rallying led by energy stocks.
PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  soared 6.25 percent to its highest in more than a month after oil prices rose as the International Energy Agency said 2016 would see the biggest non-OPEC output fall in a generation, helping rebalance a market that has been dogged by oversupply.  
Several blue chips also climbed after upbeat Q1 results. Lender Vietcombank  VCB.HM  advanced 0.23 percent after
first-quarter net profit jumped 62.2 pct.
Hoa Sen Group  HSG.HM  rose 6.84 percent after the steelmaker said its Q1 net profit rose 43.8 percent from a year
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

           VN Index    575.73             
        PREV. CLOSE    568.03             
           % CHANGE    +1.36%             
               HIGH    577.41             
                LOW    570.71             


SE Asia Stocks-Up on rising oil price; Thailand ends near 6-mth high

Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Thursday on an overnight rally in oil prices with the Thai index closing at its highest in nearly six months while Malaysian stocks ended a three-day fall.
Thailand's SET index  .SETI  closed at its highest since Oct 27, up 0.6 percent from a day earlier, driven by energy stocks.

Shares of PTT PCL  PTT.BK , the country's top oil firm, led the gain, climbing 3.3 percent to their highest in eight months.  
Overnight, oil prices rose 4 percent on a smaller-than-expected build in U.S. crude inventories and as oil
bulls bet that major crude producers would meet again to try to curtail output. 
"In our view, rising oil prices should give Thai energy shares a lift today, but the room for upside in Thai stocks
however looks limited in the near term due to a lack of strong buying interest from key investor groups," Phillip Capital in Bangkok wrote in a note.
Analysts have warned that stock valuations in Thailand have become expensive after the recent rally.
Indonesia's stock index  .JKSE  rose 0.5 percent. The mining sub-index  .JKMING  outpaced the main index with a 2 percent gain as coal mining stocks benefited from higher oil prices.
Malaysian stocks  .KLSE  ended up 0.7 percent with gaming conglomerate Genting Bhd  GENT.KL  posting its biggest one-day gain in three months.
Philippine stocks  .PSI  rose 0.8 percent with Ayala Land Inc  ALI.PS  rebounding from its lowest in over five weeks.
 Market                    Current      Prev close      Pct move
 Singapore             2960.78        2949.95               0.37
 Kuala Lumpur     1721.47        1708.91               0.73
 Bangkok                 1423.9        1414.96               0.63
 Jakarta                  4903.09          4876.6               0.54
 Manila                  7257.85         7201.37              0.78
 Ho Chi Minh         575.73            568.03              1.36

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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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