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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  12 August  2013 


12 August 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.33 points higher or +0.07% to 3,232.24, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.06%.
The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index showed a decline of -0.04% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.14%. The top active stocks were DBS (unchanged), SingTel (-1.04%), Keppel Corp (+1.07%), OCBC Bk (-0.37%), and Genting Singapore (+1.10%).
The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index which gained +0.98%. The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index are Keppel Corp (+1.07%) and SembCorp Marine (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -3.17% with Biosensors International showing a decline (-10.26 %) while Raffles Medical Group posted a gain of +1.57%. The FTSE ST Industrials Index gained +0.62%.
The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were SPDR GOLD SHARES (+4.14%), IS MSCI INDIA 100 (+2.97%) and DBXT CSI300 ETF 10 (+1.56%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendasreit (unchanged), CapitaMall (-0.99%) and CapitaComm (+0.70%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22000MBeCW131030 (unchanged), HSI22200MBeCW130927 (+48.72%) and HSI22000MBePW130927 (-35.52%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW131203 (+2.99%), KepCorp MBeCW131101 (+8.04%) and KepCorp MBeCW131203 (+6.76%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                      Monday                Wednesday

*ST Index       3,232.24  +2.33     3,229.91  +5.02
Volume:                2,430M                2,120.6M
Value:              $1,341.2M               $1,090.4M
Gainers/Losers:    245/186                   209/242


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
12 Aug 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.25 points or 0.30% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.50% to 16984.51 points, the Properties Index up 0.17% to 1378.22 points and the Plantation Index down 0.18% to 8296.63 points. The market traded within a range of 8.33 points between an intra-day high of 1786.20 and a low of 1777.87 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SONA-WA, SONA, FLONIC, DAYA, INSTACO, ETITECH, FLONIC-WA, DESTINI, NEXTNAT and ASUPREM. Trading volume increased to 1592.32 mil shares worth RM1705.41 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 981.03 mil shares worth RM1046.97 mil.

Leading Movers were PETDAG (+68 sen to RM28.68), PETGAS (+20 sen to RM20.92), AMMB (+10 sen to RM7.97), CIMB (+10 sen to RM7.96) and GENTING (+8 sen to RM9.89). Lagging Movers were KLK (-24 sen to RM21.08), SKPETRO (-7 sen to RM3.73), BAT (-4 sen to RM63.52), SIME (-2 sen to RM9.48) and PBBANK (-2 sen to RM17.26). Market breadth was positive with 494 gainers as compared to 309 losers.

The KLCI closed moderately higher at 1784.57 points today after the long festive break last week. The benchmark index was primarily lifted by the gains in CIMB and PetDag. Regionally, Asian markets outside Japan were in the positive territories, driven by the strong showing of China equity market that surged to two-month high. Elsewhere, Japan market was in the red as its second quarter GDP missed estimates.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     12 August 2013   

Description             Volume                             Value      Frequency
ETF               5,720,000             585,781,500             18
Stock       3,450,161,947    5,250,687,924,870     146,746
Warrant        18,919,500              474,141,000           431
Total       3,474,801,447      5,251,747,847,370    147,195


Vietnam's VN Index ended 0.23 percent lower at 499.46 points on Monday in higher volume, while blue chips closed mixed.   
Shares of food producer Masan Group Corp lost 1.12 percent to close at 88,500 dong ($4.20) each, and technology
firm FPT  fell 0.44 percent to 45,400 dong.

Shares in PetroVietnam Gas, the biggest firm by market value, closed up 0.73 percent at 69,000 dong each, reversing losses during the day.  
Confectionary maker Kinh Do Corp  ended up 3.77 percent.
Trading volume rose 15 percent to 31.95 million shares, exchange data showed, still well below the average 42 million
shares changing hands per day in July.

Many investors were still reluctant to trade, waiting for more supportive news, traders said.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index at the close
                       VN Index       499.46            
                PREV. CLOSE       500.62            
                   % CHANGE       -0.23%            
                       HIGH       501.39            
                        LOW       497.53     


Singapore's sharemaket edged higher on stronger-than-expected second quarter GDP growth and an economic outlook upgrade, while Indonesia's benchmark index fell to a two-week closing low led by losses in top firm PT Astra International Tbk.
Singapore's Straits Times index was up 0.07 percent, Malaysia's main index gained 0.3 percent and Philippine stocks rose 0.6 percent, while Vietnam eased 0.2 percent on Monday.  

Indonesia's Jakarta Composite  slipped 0.9 percent to 4,597.78, the lowest close since July 29, with shares in the market's biggest firm by value PT Astra International Tbk extending their loss on day to almost 4 percent after a brokerage earnings downgrade.   
The region was broadly focussed on quarterly earnings results for further market indications, while caution over Indonesia's review of interest rates this week dented stock market sentiment, brokers said.  

Indonesia's central bank is expected to keep its benchmark rate at 6.5 percent on Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, though a
sizable minority of respondents predicted another hike to battle high inflation and a wide current account deficit.
 Market                   Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   424.17        424.69        -0.12
 Singapore              3232.24       3229.91       +0.07
 Kuala Lumpur        1784.57       1779.32       +0.30
 Jakarta                  4597.78       4640.78       -0.93
 Manila                   6443.81       6404.23       +0.62
 Ho Chi Minh            499.46         500.62       -0.23        


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