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8 April 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 4.94 points or 0.14% lower to 3460.68, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.84%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which declined 0.91%, DBS, which gained 0.74%, UOB, which gained 0.17%, Keppel Corp, which gained 0.77% and CapitaLand, with a 0.85% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.60%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.21%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which rose 4.33%. The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index - United Envirotech and Hyflux – ended 0.30% higher and 0.56% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Industrials Index, which slipped 1.11%. Jardine Matheson Holdings shares declined 1.32% and Jardine Strategic Holdings declined 1.74%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (+0.09%)

IS MSCI India (+1.40%)

LYXOR Hang Seng Index Fund (+1.89%)

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

CapitaCom Trust (+1.14%)

CapitaMall Trust (unchanged)

Ascendas REIT (unchanged)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI25400MBeCW150528 (unchanged)

HSI26000UBeCW150629 (+76.00%)

HSI24000UBePW150828 (unchanged)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

TencentMBeCW150804A (+22.75%)

DBS MB eCW150915 (+4.19%)

ChinaMobiMBeCW151005 (+25.98%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                        Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index                  3,460.68  -4.94     3,465.62  +12.71
Volume:                             1,993M                1,948.5M
Value:                           $1,126.6M                 $952.7M
Gainers/Losers:               248/187                  274/152


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
08 April 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.20 points or 0.33% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.29% to 16462.53 points, the Properties Index up 0.02% to 1311.02 points and the Plantation Index down 0.49% to 7774.06 points. The market traded within a range of 5.21 points between an intra-day high of 1853.21 and a low of 1848.00 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include NETX, DGB-OR, HOVID, DGB, PRIVA, HOVID-WB, NOVAMSC, IRETEX-WA, VSOLAR-WA and ETITECH. Trading volume decreased to 1821.98 mil shares worth RM1884.49 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 1948.81 mil shares worth RM2100.87 mil.

Leading Movers were HLFG (+20 sen to RM17.30) and PETCHEM (+1 sen to RM5.58). Lagging Movers were HLBANK (-28 sen to RM14.32), TM (-13 sen to RM7.47), IOICORP (-6 sen to RM4.54), YTL (-2 sen to RM1.68) and BAT (-80 sen to RM68.50). Market breadth was positive with 427 gainers as compared to 372 losers.

The KLCI retreated to 1850.31 points as investors were locking in profit following the recent rally. The KLCI took a breather ahead of the release of minutes of Federal Reserve meeting.


Thai bourse announces candidates for "SET Awards 2015"

BANGKOK, April 8, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today announces 517 listed companies qualified to compete for the "SET Awards 2015", in five categories, to be organized for the twelfth consecutive year. The award underlines SET's commitment to improve quality of listed companies, in line with  other leading capital markets.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that the awards have been initiated to  enhance the Thai capital market's quality and attractiveness. This year the awards would be in five categories, consisting of the Best CEO, Best Company Performance, Best Investor Relations, Best Securities Company and Best Asset Management Company awards. Each category for listed companies would be divided into five groups by market capitalization sizes. SET Awards of Honor would also be granted to organizations or persons who have won in their category on a continuous basis.

"The SET Awards committee has revised some criteria by adjusting the market  capitalization range of each group in all fairness and suitability among  listed firms to compete in effectiveness and growth. In addition, the committee also revised the criteria for Best Derivatives House Award by putting more weight on their role in supporting overall derivatives market and by considering other trading channels such as internet, direct market access, as evaluation factors, in line with Thailand's current business operation environment. As for the listed firms which have achieved excellence in operating businesses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, the awards criteria were being set up and would be announced later," added Kesara.

Money & Banking magazine Editor-in-Chief Santi Viriyarungsarit, the SET Awards co-host and one of the distinguished judges, said that SET Awards aimed to enhance capabilities among listed companies, securities firms, asset management firms and entrepreneurs. The selection criteria have always been adjusted to reflect the ever-changing business environment.

TRIS Corporation Limited will conduct the evaluation under the direction of a panel of distinguished judges. For more information on the judging criteria for SET Award 2015 and the list of companies that have passed the preliminary  screening, please visit , or call 0 2229 2014.

Trading Summary

As of   8 April   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                                  Buy                    Sell                     Net
Institution                  4,036.63           5,296.23           -1,259.61     
Proprietary                4,722.65           3,873.47                849.18     
Foreign                      9,883.25             7,867.87           2,015.38     
Individual                 16,659.28        18,264.24            -1,604.96     
Total Trading Value     35,301.81 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends down 0.1 pct, foreigners sell

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   closed down 0.07 percent on Wednesday, with stocks moving mixed in cautious trade as foreigners net sold equities for the second straight day.

Hanoi-based Vietcombank , Vietnam's biggest lender by market value, led the decliners to fall 0.84 percent, followed by top insurer Baoviet Holdings   that lost 1.47 percent to close at a one-week low.
Volume stood at 80.1 million shares, slightly below the five-day average of 81.9 million, while overseas investors sold a net 61 billion dong ($2.83 million) worth of Vietnamese shares on Wednesday.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close
                          VN Index       547.72              
                 PREV. CLOSE       548.11              
                    % CHANGE       -0.07%              
                       HIGH       551.23              
                        LOW       546.29              

SE Asia Stocks-Weak amid sell-off in energy stocks; Philippines ends rising streak

Stocks in the Philippines snapped seven sessions of gains on Wednesday ahead of a holiday, while other markets in Southeast Asia retreated with a fall in global oil prices helping end a rally in energy shares.
Philippine key index   eased 0.6 percent to 8,052.69, reversing from Tuesday's seventh straight record close of 8,098.68.
Outflows hit recent gainers such as food firm Universal Robina Corp , which fell 1.1 percent, and energy share Energy Development Corp, which dropped 1.6 percent.
The market is closed on Thursday for a public holiday.
Losses in other exchanges included Malaysia's Petronas Gas , Indonesia's Perusahaan Gas Negara   and Thailand's biggest oil and gas firm PTT Global oil prices fell on Wednesday after a rally on Tuesday.  
 Indonesia's index  ended down 0.7 percent after a rise on Tuesday to a record closing high of 5,523.29. Malaysia's index  edged down 0.3 percent, taking its 14-day Relative Strength index to 66.94 from Tuesday's overbought level of 71.3.
Thai SET index   closed the day 0.3 percent lower, ending six successive days of gains, with Singapore's index  <.FTSTI>  retreating after a rebound on the previous day and Vietnam   moderately lower amid foreign selling.   

 Market                     Current            Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore             3460.68                   3465.62         -0.14
 Kuala Lumpur       1850.31                  1856.51         -0.33
 Bangkok                1544.86                  1549.53         -0.30
 Jakarta                   5486.58                  5523.29         -0.66
 Manila                    8052.69                 8098.68         -0.57
 Ho Chi Minh            547.72                   548.11         -0.07

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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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