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15 August 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 13.76 points or 0.42% lower to 3294.93, taking the year-to-date performance to +14.38%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which gained 0.53%, DBS, which declined 1.28%, Global Logistic, which closed unchanged, CapitaLand, which gained 0.53% and OCBC Bank, with a 1.49% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.08%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.45%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.76%)

IS MSCI India S$ (+0.53%)

IS MSCI India (-0.48%)

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

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.96%)

Ascendas REIT (unchanged)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+0.29%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI26200MBePW170928 (+0.90%)

HSI28200MBeCW170928 (-10.00%)

HSI27200MBeCW170830 (-10.84%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW171016 (-20.76%)

DBS MB ePW171204 (+4.86%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW180301 (-13.85%)

Singapore Stock Market
                                 Tuesday                        Monday
*ST Index       3,294.93  -13.76         3,308.69  +28.97
Volume:                1,743.6M                    2,172.1M
Value:                    $1,130M                  $1,235.5M
Gainers/Losers:      204/294                      234/230


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
15 August 2017

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.31 points or 0.07% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.10% to 16711.05 points, the Properties Index up 0.59% to 1244.09 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.09% to 7802.52 points. The market traded within a range of 4.90 points between an intra-day high of 1773.66 and a low of 1768.76 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MLAB, ANZO, FRONTKN, LCTITAN-CB, LCTITAN-CF, LCTITAN-CE, KRONO, LCTITAN-CA, JAG and DNEX. Trading volume increased to 1797.97 mil shares worth RM1795.45 mil as compared to Monday’s 1639.88 mil shares worth RM1894.09 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+80 sen to RM44.00), DIGI (+8 sen to RM4.80), KLCC (+12 sen to RM7.92), GENM (+6 sen to RM6.06) and ASTRO (+2 sen to RM2.69). Lagging Movers were HAPSENG (-13 sen to RM9.05), MISC (-8 sen to RM7.30), HLFG (-16 sen to RM16.64), HLBANK (-8 sen to RM15.38) and AMMB (-1 sen to RM4.63). Market breadth was positive with 523 gainers as compared to 329 losers.

The KLCI closed flat with 1.31 points higher at 1772.39 points amid lack of local catalyst despite overnight gains in Wall Street.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     15 August 2017     
Description         Volume                              Value       Frequency
ETF                    851,400                     87,057,100                   23
Stock     10,223,532,520        5,721,908,555,030         307,872
Warrant       108,940,800                9,003,562,800             3,710
Total      10,333,324,720        5,730,999,174,930         311,605


TFEX to launch Gold-D contract on September 4 and extend trading hours till midnight

BANGKOK - August 15, 2017 - Thailand Futures Exchange PCL (TFEX) plans to launch the new product "Gold-D" on September 4, 2017, together with the extension of trading hours of all gold products till midnight.

TFEX Managing Director Rinjai Chakornpipat said TFEX will roll out Gold-D contract, a physical settlement futures contract based on gold bar with 99.99% purity, on September 4, 2017. Gold-D contract will be quoted in US dollar to allow for better alignment with global gold prices movement. Daily mark to market and settlement of Gold-D will be in Thai baht while physical delivery is obligated at expiration of the contract. Only physical gold stored in designated
vault appointed by clearing house will be allowed for such physical settlement.

On the same day of the launch of Gold-D contract, TFEX will lengthen the night trading session of all TFEX gold contracts from 19.30-22.30 hrs. to 19.00-23.55 hrs. Such extension will better align trading hours of TFEX gold contract with global gold markets and facilitate investors to adjust their portfolios and strategies in accordance with the key influences affecting gold prices.    

Trading Summary     
As of 4 July 2017     Unit: M.Baht
Type                          Buy                Sell                 Net
Institution        5,434.64         3,359.29       2,075.35
Proprietary       3,658.17        4,338.95          -680.78
Foreign           13,788.57      12,555.47       1,233.10
Individual       14,095.55      16,723.21      -2,627.67
Total Trading Value     36,976.92 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most rise as U.S.-North Korea tensions subside

Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Tuesday as the geopolitical tensions between North Korea and United States eased, lifting investor appetite for riskier assets.
North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards U.S. territory of Guam while he waits to see
what the United States does next, the North's state media said on Tuesday, while South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.  
Pyongyang's threat to fire missiles towards Guam stoked tensions in the region last week, with President Donald Trump warning the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely.  
In Asia, MSCI's broadest index excluding Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  rose for the second day on Tuesday, after Wall
Street's three major indexes ended higher overnight.  
"I think the absence of geopolitical concerns is calming the markets," said Jeffrey Lucero, an equity research analyst with RCBC Securities Inc.   
In Southeast Asia, Philippine shares  .PSI  rose 0.6 percent, while the peso  PHP=PDSP  posted its seventh straight
session of losses.  
Malaysian shares  .KLSE  edged up, helped by telecom and consumer discretionary stocks.  
Investors are awaiting Malaysia's quarterly economic growth data due on Friday.  
A Reuters poll suggesting that Malaysia's economic growth slowed slightly in the second quarter had little impact on
Telecom equipment maker DiGi.Com's shares  DSOM.KL  rose 1.7 percent, while British American Tobacco Malaysia Bhd  BATO.KL   ended 1.9 percent higher.
Meanwhile, energy and material stocks helped the Thai index  .SETI  gain 0.4 percent. Siam Cement  SCC.BK  rose 1.2 percent, while PTT  PTT.BK  ended 0.8 percent higher.  
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  rose 0.6 percent, supported by consumer staples and financials.
Bucking the trend, Singapore  .STI  shares ended 0.4 percent lower, with financials accounting for most of the losses.
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp  OCBC.SI  fell 1.5 percent, while DBS Group Holdings  DBSM.SI  slipped 1.3 percent.
"Traders are still being cautious after a spin of volatility. No doubt that the regional political risk has somewhat diminished," said Liu Jinshu, director of research at NRA Capital.
  Market             Current       previous     Pct Move
  Singapore          3294.93        3308.69        -0.42
  Bangkok            1567.19        1561.31         0.38
  Manila                8009.41       7962.12         0.59
  Jakarta                5835.041     5801.488       0.58
  Kuala Lumpur   1772.39       1771.08         0.07
 Ho Chi Minh        771.06          776.17        -0.66

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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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