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05 April 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 65.95 points or 1.97% higher to 3405.65, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.08%. For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 3.06%, UOB, which gained 2.63%, OCBC Bank, which gained 2.20%, Singtel, which gained 1.50% and Genting Sing, with a 4.85% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 1.15%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 1.19%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-1.64%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (-0.83%)

STI ETF (+1.79%)

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

Mapletree Com Tr (-1.90%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+1.11%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.38%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

SIMSCI400MBeCW180928 (+19.15%)

SIMSCI350MBePW180928 (-16.30%)

HSI31200MBeCW180530 (+40.78%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180810 (+34.48%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW181101 (unchanged)

UOB MB eCW180802 (+27.03%)
Singapore Stock Market
                               Thursday                   Wednesday
*ST Index        3,405.65  +65.95         3,339.7  -72.45
Volume:                1,061.2M                     2,154.7M
Value:                 $1,185.5M                      $1,565M
Gainers/Losers:      330/105                       112/398


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
05 April 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 20.19 points or 1.11% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 1.74% to 18020.33 points, the Properties Index up 1.10% to 1049.79 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.44% to 7936.12 points. The market traded within a range of 14.39 points between an intra-day high of 1838.81 and a low of 1824.42 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include UMWOG, NEXGRAM, PUC, SKH, SAPNRG, BORNOIL, HIBISCS, HIBISCS-WC, BJCORP and RSENA-WA. Trading volume decreased to 2219.28 mil shares worth RM2022.96 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 3277.01 mil shares worth RM2781.93 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+30 sen to RM4.89), YTL (+8 sen to RM1.39), AMMB (+20 sen to RM3.81), HLFG (+90 sen to RM19.00) and TM (+20 sen to RM5.13). Lagging Movers were ASTRO (-4 sen to RM1.91), PPB (-22 sen to RM18.78), DIGI (-2 sen to RM4.38), MISC (-3 sen to RM7.04) and PETDAG (-8 sen to RM24.60). Market breadth was positive with 660 gainers as compared to 344 losers.

The KLCI halted its losing streak after gained 20.19 points to 1836.13 points amid overnight rally in US markets. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters such as Genting Malaysia, YTL Corp, and Ambank.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     05 April 2018     
Description          Volume                           Value       Frequency
ETF                    188,700                    41,695,700                   32
Stock        8,148,317,378        5,720,885,142,924          345,456
Right             52,260,200               1,224,170,400                 675
Warrant       274,062,800             29,746,575,800              9,963
Total         8,474,829,078        5,751,897,584,824          356,126


SET launches "SET Table Tennis for Everyone" to commemorate World Table Tennis Day

BANGKOK, March 27, 2018 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and The Table  Tennis Association of Thailand (TTAT) will jointly launch the "SET Table Tennis  for Everyone" project aiming to promote this sport as a tool for physical and skill improvement for Thai people, simultaneously celebrating the World Table Tennis Day on April 6.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that in addition to the role to support investors and businesses to achieve quality growth under the vision "To Make the  Capital Market 'Work' for Everyone", SET has long been promoting table tennis as realizing its potential in reaching out to all groups of people in the  society. Beyond physical and mobility improvement, it can also help enhance response planning skill. In addition, SET also promotes this sport as a key  sport for physical fitness including synergy among staff and capital market professionals, while working closely with the TTAT since 2014 to groom young table tennis athletes to complete at world-class league.

"To commemorate the World Table Tennis Day, SET together with the TTAT will launch the 'SET Table Tennis for Everyone' project, with the first event to be organized for children with disabilities to promote the benefits of table tennis, especially in the rehabilitation and the physical and mental improvement of youth with disabilities.  At the event, Thailand's gold medalist from London  Paralympics 2012, Rungroj Thainiyom, will be there to inspire all youth.

TTAT President Piradej Pruttipruk said. "We appreciate SET's initiative, being the first private organization to officially support table tennis and help move  forward the association's good cause towards a great success, while promoting extensively among Thai people. Many athletes have shown outstanding performance  over the past ten years."

In the first year, the "SET Table Tennis for Everyone" project aims to further promote this sport to a broader group of people in order to train more coaches who will help enhance skills of all players, embracing new players and promoting the health of Thais of all ages, genders and health conditions including the elderly and underprivileged. This year the project will work with 20 high schools nationwide alongside an effort to train 50 new coaching personnel and  interested individuals, and attract a total of 10,000 youth and adult table tennis enthusiasts each year.

Trading Summary     
As of 5 April 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy             Sell                Net
Institution         8,633.12      6,776.86        1,856.27
Proprietary        7,935.03      8,902.17         -967.14
Foreign           20,877.87     22,108.99      -1,231.13
Individual       23,645.87     23,303.87          342.00
Total Trading Value     61,091.89 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Rebound as U.S.-China trade war fears ease; S'pore up 2 pct

    * Asian shares ex-Japan rebound
    * Singapore climbs nearly 2 pct
    * Vietnam marks 16th winning session in 19

    By Nicole Pinto
April 5 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets gained on Thursday, with Singapore bouncing back strongly from the previous session's losses, as Washington expressed willingness to negotiate a resolution with Beijing, assuaging fears of a full-blown trade war between the two nations.
Broader Asian shares outside Japan  gained 0.6 percent, after Wall Street's three major indexes staged a
comeback to close around 1 percent higher overnight.
Singapore shares  .STI  closed nearly 2 percent higher, after having slumped 2.1 percent on Wednesday, with financials leading the recovery.
The city-state's biggest lender, DBS Group Holdings Ltd  DBSM.SI  gained 3.1 percent, while Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd  OCBC.SI  climbed 2.2 percent.
Malaysian shares  .KSLE  rose 1.1 percent, with top lenders CIMB Group Holdings Bhd  CIMB.KL  and Malayan Banking Bhd   ending 1.6 percent and 1.4 percent higher, respectively.
Malaysia's exports in February fell 2 percent from a year earlier, easing sharply from the 17.9 percent growth recorded in  January, government data showed.  
Philippine stocks  .PSI  closed 0.3 percent higher, with conglomerate SM Investments Corp  SM.PS  gaining 1.5 percent.
The Philippine central bank will review the need for a measured policy response to anchor price expectations, Governor  Nestor Espenilla said on Tuesday, signalling that a near-term rate increase might be on the cards after inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in five years last month.  
A weakening currency and rising inflation rate have made the Philippine equity market Asia's worst performer so far this year.   
Indonesian shares  ended 0.4 percent higher, with telecom and consumer staples being the top gainers.
Telecom firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Perusahaan Perseroan PT  TLKM.JK  rose 2.2 percent while
Unilever Indonesia Tbk PT  UNVR.JK  closed nearly 1 percent higher.
The index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks rose 0.5 percent.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  rose marginally, marking their 16th winning session in 19. The index had jumped 21.1 percent this  year as of Wednesday's close.
                             Current      Previous Close     Pct Move
 Singapore           3405.65              3339.7             1.97
 Bangkok             1739.92              1724.98           0.87
 Manila                8022.16              7997.67           0.31
 Jakarta                6183.227            6157.096         0.42
 Kuala Lumpur    1836.13              1815.94           1.11
 Ho Chi Minh      1193.17              1191.54            0.14

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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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