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17 August 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 10.07 points or 0.31% lower to 3268.88, taking the year-to-date performance to +13.47%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which declined 0.79%, DBS, which gained 0.69%, Global Logistic, which declined 0.31%, UOB, which declined 0.55% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.45% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.02%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.31%.

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

IS MSCI India S$ (+1.22%)

IS MSCI India (+1.68%)

SPDR Gold Shares (+1.21%)

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

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.47%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.38%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+0.88%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI27800MBeCW171030 (-6.08%)

HSI28200MBeCW170928 (-10.67%)

HSI27200MBeCW170830 (-14.74%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

OCBC Bk MB eCW180301 (unchanged)

UOB MB ePW171106 (+2.70%)

UOB MB eCW171016 (-9.09%)

Singapore Stock Market
                             Thursday                  Wednesday
*ST Index       3,268.88  -10.07      3,278.95  -15.98
Volume:               1,988.1M                  1,740.9M
Value:                $1,184.2M                $1,180.2M
Gainers/Losers:     222/234                     168/262


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
17 August 2017

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.56 points or 0.14% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.16% to 16789.79 points, the Properties Index up 0.22% to 1251.22 points and the Plantation Index down 0.33% to 7778.95 points. The market traded within a range of 3.07 points between an intra-day high of 1776.31 and a low of 1773.24 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include JAG, LCTITAN-CE, STRAITS-WA, IFCAMSC, UMWOG, LCTITAN-CB, MTOUCHE, LCTITAN-CF, ARMADA and TAGB. Trading volume increased to 1804.66 mil shares worth RM1878.25 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1719.87 mil shares worth RM1800.92 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+12 sen to RM6.18), IJM (+6 sen to RM3.39), PETCHEM (+12 sen to RM7.28), AMMB (+7 sen to RM4.71) and RHBBANK (+6 sen to RM4.93). Lagging Movers were ASTRO (-5 sen to RM2.62), PETGAS (-22 sen to RM18.66), KLCC (-8 sen to RM7.81), KLK (-20 sen to RM24.30) and PPB (-12 sen to RM16.38). Market breadth was positive with 497 gainers as compared to 332 losers.

The KLCI closed higher at 1776.31 points in line with overnight gains in US market. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters such IJM Corp and Petronas Chemical.


Trading Summary     
As of 17 August 2017     Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy                Sell             Net
Institution        7,192.56        6,202.40      990.17
Proprietary      4,606.85        4,460.80      146.05
Foreign          15,148.56     15,675.98     -527.42
Individual      20,053.81      20,662.61     -608.80
Total Trading Value     47,001.78 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Philippines up on strong growth data; others subdued

Philippine shares ended higher on Thursday after data showed the economy grew at a sizzling pace in the second quarter, while trading was subdued in most other markets in Southeast Asia as investors awaited GDP growth
Philippine shares  .PSI  rose 0.3 percent to a three-week closing high, as the second-quarter GDP growth topped
expectations on strength in the industrial sector and a recovery in agriculture.  

Financials and real estate stocks led the gains, with BDO Unibank  BDO.PS  rising 1.4 percent and Metro Pacific
Investments  MPI.PS  up 1.2 percent.
"Markets are basically reacting to the second-quarter GDP figures," said Lexter Azurin, a senior analyst with Manila-based AB Capital Securities.
Meanwhile, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  rose 0.4 percent.
The minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last meeting showed on Wednesday that policymakers were concerned about weak inflation, indicating the Fed may slow the pace of rate hikes.
Malaysian stocks  .KLSE  edged up 0.1 percent, helped by materials and financials, with Petronas Chemicals Group
PCGB.KL  and AMMB Holdings  AMMB.KL  being the top performers on the index.
Malaysia's economy is expected to have grown at a slightly slower pace in the second quarter due to weaker private
consumption, even as trade remained robust.  
Malaysia's GDP data is due Friday.  
Thailand  .SETI  edged up 0.1 percent as gains in healthcare were offset by losses in industrials and telecom stocks.
Thailand's economic growth is expected to have cooled slightly in the second quarter as public and private investment
slowed, offsetting some of the boost from stronger exports and tourism, a Reuters poll showed.  

Thailand GDP data is due Monday.
Meanwhile Singapore  .STI  shares closed 0.3 percent lower, extending losses to a third day, hurt by real estate and

Indonesia  .JKSE  was closed for a holiday.
  Market                  Current        previous      Pct Move
  Singapore            3268.88        3278.95          -0.31
  Bangkok              1568.95        1567.52           0.09
  Manila                 8072.75        8046.59            0.33
  Kuala Lumpur     1776.31       1773.75            0.14
  Ho Chi Minh         767.59          773.57          -0.77

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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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