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17 August 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 46.9 points or 1.51% lower to 3067.35, taking the year-to-date performance to -8.85%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 2.49%, SingTel, which declined 1.23%, UOB, which declined 3.40%, OCBC Bank, which declined 1.64% and Noble, with a 7.14% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 1.13%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 1.06%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined 0.29%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Raffles Medical Group and Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation - ended 0.44% lower and 2.22% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 2.49%. Silverlake Axis shares declined 4.19% and STATS ChipPAC remain unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were:
Sti Etf (-0.95%)
Is Msci India 100 (-0.14%)
Spdr Gold Shares (+0.08%)

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were:
Ascendas Reit (-1.75%)
Capitamall Trust (-3.04%)
Capitacom Trust (-0.37%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:
HSI23800MBePW150929 (+5.68%)
HSI25200MBeCW150929 (-18.67%)
HSI24000MBePW150828 (+3.57%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:
OCBC Bk MBeCW151201 (-18.42%)
DBS MB eCW160104 (-15.46%)
KepCorp MBeCW160201 (-7.55%)

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 Singapore Stock Market
                              Monday                    Friday
*ST Index       3,067.35  -46.9          3,114.25  +22.47
Volume:               1,328.2M                    1,281.4M
Value:                $1,055.5M                     $981.8M
Gainers/Losers:     110/346                       195/241


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
17 August 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 24.28 points or 1.52% on Monday. The Finance Index fell 1.47% to 14072.63 points, the Properties Index dropped 1.45% to 1109.26 points and the Plantation Index down 1.77% to 6870.37 points. The market traded within a range of 48.48 points between an intra-day high of 1594.46 and a low of 1545.98 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include FBMKLCI-HK, FBMKLCI-HT, FBMKLCI-C8, TM-07, SKPETRO, FRONTKN, FBMKLCI-HG, TIGER, KNM and HSI-HD. Trading volume increased to 2061.67 mil shares worth RM1950.49 mil as compared to Friday’s 2009.53 mil shares worth RM2195.83 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+6 sen to RM3.94), MISC (+4 sen to RM7.99), IHH (+2 sen to RM5.69), PETDAG (+4 sen to RM20.06) and HLBANK (+0 sen to RM12.80). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-22 sen to RM1.71), GENTING (-36 sen to RM7.14), UMW (-31 sen to RM8.99), AMMB (-16 sen to RM4.93) and DIGI (-12 sen to RM4.93). Market breadth was negative with 149 gainers as compared to 836 losers.

The KLCI continued its losing streak after plunged 24.28 points to 1572.54 points despite last Friday’s gain in US market amid positive economic data. Market sentiment remained bearish after ringgit continued to slide and as crude oil prices tumbled. Our local benchmark index was bogged down by selling in heavy weight counters such as SapuraKencana Petroleum, Maybank and Digi.


TFEX ready for rubber trading RSS3 Futures in Q4

BANGKOK, Aug 17, 2015 - Thailand Futures Exchange PCL (TFEX) - under the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) group, revealed that TFEX was ready to trade the first agricultural derivatives product which was ribbed smoked rubber sheet no.3 futures (RSS3 Futures) within the fourth quarter of this year after the exchange had merged with The Agricultural Futures Exchange of Thailand (AFET) and The National Legislative Assembly approved the Agricultural Futures Trading
Act amendments.

Sathit Limpongpan, Chairman of SET and TFEX, stated that TFEX has adjusted related regulations including trading, clearing and settlement systems as well as running the operational test called industry-wide test for both existing and new members from AFET in order to ensure that the agricultural futures trading could start trading as soon as all the related laws were effective and could be operated smoothly.

"RSS3 Futures will be the first agricultural derivatives product to be traded on TFEX. At present, this product still has some trading activities and open interest on AFET. During the transition period, RSS3 Futures will be traded on both TFEX and AFET. To ensure a smooth and seamless transition, together with our new members from AFET, we have continued to provide information relating to the transition procedures to all our stakeholders including both domestic and foreign. Furthermore, on-going education about the product is also being done to make sure investors can benefit from the new agricultural futures," added Sathit.

TFEX, in collaboration with Thailand Securities Institute (TSI) will help support AFET's staff in terms of funding for various seminars so that they can gain the qualification needed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

For entrepreneurs and investors, TFEX will provide education on agricultural derivatives trading, covering contract specifications and trading strategies through seminars in Bangkok metropolitan area and major cities nationwide, as well as organizing outbound roadshows. The remarkable progress of the TFEX-AFET merger has been made possible by the collaboration of TFEX, AFET, the SEC, The Office of the Agricultural Futures Trading Commission (AFTC), The Ministry of
Commerce and The Ministry of Finance, to enhance efficiency, minimize transaction cost and contribute more trading liquidity to agricultural futures, as well as provide benefits to investors as a one-stop trading market for all futures products.

Trading Summary

As of  17 August   2015  Unit: M.Baht   
Type                            Buy             Sell             Net
Institution            1,967.39        2,546.15        -578.76
Proprietary          3,443.83        4,894.05     -1,450.22
Foreign                8,383.16        6,812.60      1,570.57
Individual          18,445.45      17,987.04         458.41
Total Trading Value     32,239.83 M.Baht


Vietnam index drops 2.66 pct, banks lead losses

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  fell 2.66 percent by 0700 GMT on Monday, with banking shares leading the losses after the central bank stepped up reforms in another lender, placing it under "special surveillance" late last week.  

All banking shares fell, led by Vietcombank  VCB.HM  that dropped 4.85 percent, followed by VietinBank  CTG.HM  with a 5.31 percent decline, while BIDV  BID.HM  decreased 5.8 percent and Eximbank  EIB.HM  tumbled 6.67 percent.
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index .VNI  ended down 2.7 percent on Monday, posting its biggest single-day percentage fall in more than three months, led by banks after the central bank stepped up reforms in a small lender.
The State Bank of Vietnam said on Friday it would place DongA Bank under "special surveillance" and remove many of its key officials after finding a series of violations at the unlisted lender.  
All banking shares fell, led by Vietcombank  VCB.HM  with a 5.31 percent drop. VietinBank  CTG.HM  dropped 6.76 percent, BIDV  BID.HM  plunged 6.25 percent and Eximbank  EIB.HM  tumbled 6.67 percent.
Energy shares also declined as oil prices fell towards six-year lows. Petrovietnam Gas  GAS.HM  lost 6.1 percent, while PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corp  PVD.HM  fell 3.3 percent.  
Analysts and traders expect the downtrend to end soon, citing the market's current support level at 570-572 points.  

"The fall will not last long," said Nguyen Thanh Lam, the retail department deputy manager at Maybank Kim Eng Securities.  
The stock index closed 15.88 points down at 573.15, marking its fifth straight session of losses, and the biggest single-day percentage fall since May 4. It lost 6.73 percent in the past five sessions.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

            VN Index       573.15              
         PREV. CLOSE       589.03              
            % CHANGE        -2.7%              
                HIGH       591.20              
                 LOW       571.26              


SE Asia Stocks-Malaysia, Singapore enter oversold territory

Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Monday, with stocks in Malaysia and Singapore drifting into oversold territory after late selling, while Thai shares failed to hold on to early gains and ended lower amid weak economic outlook.
The Kuala Lumpur composite index  .KLSE  shed 1.5 percent to the lowest close since June 2012, sending its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) to an oversold level of 22.1. A level of 30 or lower indicates an oversold market.   
The depreciating ringgit  MYR=MY , in part due to China's yuan devaluation, has spurred selloffs in local stocks, taking the index's year-to-date loss in U.S. dollar term to 23.5 percent, Asia's worst performer.
Singapore  .FTSTI  was down 1.5 percent, with its 14-day RSI slipping into an oversold position of 25.9. The Philippine main index  .PSI  dropped 1 percent to the lowest close since June
The Thai SET index  .SETI  ended the day 0.4 percent lower.

The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) on Monday lowered its 2015 economic growth forecast to 2.7-3.2 percent from 3.0-4.0 percent seen in May.  

Fund flows were mixed, with foreign investors selling stocks in Malaysia and the Philippines worth a net 236 million ringgit ($57.5 million) and 408 million peso ($8.8 million) while buying Thai shares for a net 1.57 billion baht ($44.4 million).
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended down 2.7 percent on Monday, posting its biggest single-day percentage fall in more than three months, led by banks after the central bank  stepped up reforms in a small lender.   
Indonesia was closed on Monday for a market holiday, resuming on Tuesday.
 Market                    Current       Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore               3067.35          3114.25             -1.51
 Kuala Lumpur       1572.54          1596.82              -1.52
 Bangkok                1408.74          1413.92              -0.37
 Manila                   7336.84          7408.44              -0.97
 Ho Chi Minh           573.15            589.03               -2.70

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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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