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09 April 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -0.38 points or -0.01% lower to 3460.3, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.83%.

The top active stocks today were Noble, which loss 5.50%, SingTel, which fell 0.23%, DBS, which slipped 0.24%, CapitaLand, which gained 0.56% and UOB, with a 0.47% loss.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.26%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.28%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which rose 1.74%. The two biggest stocks of the Index are United Envirotech (unchanged) and Hyflux (-1.11).

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which fell 0.55%. Silverlake Axis shares declined 0.69% and STATS ChipPAC remain unchanged.

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

IS MSCI India (+2.50%)

DBXT FT China 25 ETF (+3.63%)

DBXT MSCI China TRN ETF (+4.40%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+1.90%)

CapitaMall Trust (unchanged)

CapitaCom Trust (-0.28%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI26200MBeCW150828 (+97.94%)

HSI26000MBeCW150629 (+55.32%)

HSI24000UBePW150828 (-11.43%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW150915 (-4.60%)

TencentMBeCW150804A (+19.51%)

UOB MB eCW150701 (-11.63%)

Singapore Stock Market
                               Thursday                     Wednesday
*ST Index          3,460.3  -0.38           3,460.68  -4.94
Volume:                3,035.4M                        1,993M
Value:                  $1,360.9M                  $1,126.6M
Gainers/Losers:     272/178                       248/187


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 market report for March 2015

Bangkok, April 9, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) main index ended March at 1,505.94 points up 0.6 percent from end-2014, but down 5.1 percent from a month earlier. Foreign investors were net buyers of equity market for the first time this year, worth THB 2.39 billion, as the market eased concerns after the Federal Reserve kept its policy rates unchanged, while the European Central Bank's implementation of its QE policy, resulting in capital flow into global markets. Meanwhile, the combined market capitalization of SET and mai remained high at THB 14.51 trillion: SET's was THB 14.12 trillion, while mai's was THB 397.89 billion. The combined average trading value of SET and mai was THB 48.60 billion (approx. USD 1.47 billion).

Key highlights for March


- SET Index closed at 1,505.94 points at the end of March, up 0.6 percent from the end of 2014.
- At the end of March, the combined average trading value of SET and mai was THB 48.60 billion, down 18.32 percent from a month earlier. Overall in quarter 1/2015, the combined average trading value of SET and mai was THB 54.37 billion, jumping 76.44 percent from the previous quarter.
- At the end of March, the market capitalization of SET was THB 14.12 trillion, up 1.88 percent from end-2014, while mai's was THB 397.88 billion, down 4.14 percent from end-2014.
- The forward P/E ratio of SET was 14.77 times, while mai's was 21.03 times.
- The dividend yield of SET was 2.90 percent, while mai's was 0.90 percent.
- Foreign investors were net buyers of equity market for the first time this year, worth THB 2.39 billion, accounting for 24.16 percent of total investors.

However, in the first quarter of 2015, foreign investors were net sellers, worth THB 9.56 billion resulting from their net sales for two consecutive months from  January to February.
- Listed companies on SET and mai raised funds through equity worth a combined

THB 33.05 billion. In the primary market, THB 5.18 billion was raised from initial public offerings (IPOs) of a company on SET, while THB 27.87 billion was raised from the secondary market. In the first quarter of 2015, the combined fundraising of listed companies on SET and mai was THB 106.82 billion, a 4.3 times jump over the same period last year.

- In March, derivatives trading volume was 233,684 contracts, up 5.24 percent  from a month earlier, while overall in Q1/2015 was 213,448 contracts, up 4.35 percent from end-2104, mostly due to an increase in single stock futures and SET50 Index Futures.

Trading Summary

As of    9  April   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                               Buy                Sell                     Net
Institution               3,827.28        2,909.08              918.20     
Proprietary             2,917.03        2,843.01                74.02     
Foreign                   8,291.80        8,004.61              287.19     
Individual              13,116.96      14,396.37         -1,279.41     
Total Trading Value     28,153.07 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends above 1-wk high, banks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   rose 0.51 percent on Thursday to close at its highest since March 31, buoyed by gains in most blue chips and robust
inflows, including foreigners, in some banking stocks.
 Hanoi-based lender BIDV   climbed 2.16 percent to end at 18,900 dong ($0.88), a level unseen since Feb. 26, while VietinBank , Vietnam's top partly-private bank by assets, ticked up 2.89 percent.  
Volume hit 94.5 million shares on Thursday, above the five-day average of 82.8 million, Reuters data showed, as domestic investors returned to the market after some cautious trading in the previous sessions following March's declines.
Foreign investors extended their net selling of Vietnamese equities to the third session, despite their interest in some banking shares including VietinBank and BIDV.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at the close

                         VN Index       550.52               
                PREV. CLOSE       547.72               
                   % CHANGE        0.51%               
                       HIGH       552.53               
                        LOW       546.76               


SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia rebounds; Thai banks up on earnings play

Indonesian stocks posted modest gains on Thursday as foreign inflows lifted select large-caps while Thai banking shares outperformed as bargain hunting emerged ahead of quarterly results due out late next week.
The Jakarta composite index   finished the day up 0.3 percent, rebounding from a fall in the previous session. Shares of Astra International  <ASII.JK> , the second biggest firm by market value, jumped 2.2 percent on net buying by foreign investors.
Shares of Indonesia's biggest coal producer PT Bumi Resources Tbk    jumped 7.4 percent. The company aims to release its 2014 financial results by next week after it confirms how much it owes to several creditors, a director said on Thursday.  
The Thai SET index   closed nearly unchanged from Wednesday, with about 5.3 billion shares changing hands, 40 percent of the average over the past 30 sesssions. Market players stayed on the sidelines ahead of a long market holiday next week.
The Thai stock market will be closed from April 13-15 to celebrate the country's new year.
Late buying boosted shares of Krung Thai Bank , Bangkok Bank , Siam Commercial Bank   and Kasikornbank.
Stocks in Singapore   and Malaysia  ended little changed while Vietnam    rebounded on domestic buying.
The Philippine stock market, which was closed on Thursday, will reopen on Friday.
Asian stocks rose on Thursday while the dollar drew support from minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showing the U.S. central bank was still on course to hike interest rates this year.  
 Market                     Current     Prev Close     Pct Move
 Singapore               3460.30         3460.68            -0.01
 Kuala Lumpur        1849.39         1850.31            -0.05
 Bangkok                  1545.11        1544.86           +0.02
 Jakarta                     5500.90        5486.58           +0.26
 Ho Chi Minh            550.52           547.72           +0.51

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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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