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19 August 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 8.4 points or 0.28% lower to 3041.25, taking the year-to-date performance to -9.63%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.64%, UOB, which declined 0.45%, SingTel, which closed unchanged, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.53% and Noble, with a 2.41% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 1.12%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 1.30%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which rose 0.07%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Raffles Medical Group and Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation – ended 0.65% lower and 3.69% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which slipped 1.31%. Midas Holdings shares remained unchanged and NSL rose 0.70%.

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

Spdr Gold Shares (+0.17%)

Sti Etf (unchanged)

Dbxt Msci Asia Ex Japan Etf 10 (unchanged)

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

Ascendas Reit (+1.36%)

Capitamall Trust (unchanged)

Capitacom Trust (-1.49%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI22600MBePW151029 (unchanged)

HSI22800MBePW150929 (unchanged)

HSI24000MBePW150828 (+28.00%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160111 (-4.69%)

DBS MB ePW151002 (+6.38%)

UOB MB eCW160111 (-4.38%)
Singapore Stock Market
                           Wednesday               Tuesday
*ST Index        3,041.25  -8.4         3,049.65  -17.7
Volume:              1,514.2M                  1,534.4M
Value:               $1,171.6M                $1,170.1M
Gainers/Losers:    137/325                     111/354


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
19 August 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.84 points or 0.18% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.27% to 14249.6 points, the Properties Index up 0.62% to 1114.99 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.24% to 6864.47 points. The market traded within a range of 14.43 points between an intra-day high of 1594.68 and a low of 1580.25 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include TMS, FBMKLCI-HK, IDMENSN, HSI-CY, FBMKLCI-HV, FBMKLCI-HT, AIRASIA, TIGER, IFCAMSC and FRONTKN. Trading volume decreased to 1894.23 mil shares worth RM1781.40 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2254.71 mil shares worth RM2112.66 mil.

Leading Movers were WPRTS (+10 sen to RM4.10), SKPETRO (+4 sen to RM1.71), GENM (+9 sen to RM3.99), TM (+11 sen to RM6.29) and GENTING (+12 sen to RM7.22). Lagging Movers were IHH (-9 sen to RM5.56), PETCHEM (-9 sen to RM5.74), AMMB (-6 sen to RM4.94), HLFG (-10 sen to RM13.72) and PETGAS (-0 sen to RM21.00). Market breadth was positive with 557 gainers as compared to 259 losers.

The KLCI extended its gains for the second day after inched up 2.84 points to 1582.44 points despite overnight losses in US market as concern over slowing growth in China. Investors still remained cautious as lack of fresh lead in local market.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     19 August 2015
Description           Volume                              Value            Frequency
ETF                       12,300                         7,222,300                       13
Stock         4,493,149,981           3,572,776,210,245              186,308
Warrant               824,578                       38,675,100                      109
Total         4,493,986,859            3,572,822,107,645               186,430


Trading Summary

As of  19 August   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                        Buy              Sell               Net
Institution         6,166.08       3,505.57       2,660.50
Proprietary       4,353.16        5,084.22        -731.06
Foreign           10,550.69     15,101.30      -4,550.61
Individual       25,162.60     22,541.44       2,621.16
Total Trading Value     46,232.53 M.Baht


Vietnam index drops 0.4 pct as dong weakens

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended down 0.41 percent on Wednesday after the central bank depreciated the Vietnamese dong and raised its trading band, with big-cap shares mixed in steady volume.
The central bank lowered the dong  VND=SBVN   VND=VN  by 0.99 percent and widened the dollar/dong trading band to 3 percent from 2 percent in order to bolster a languid export sector facing fresh challenges from a surprise devaluation of the Chinese yuan.  
Vietcombank  VCB.HM , the country's biggest lender by market value, rose 1.88 percent while property firm Vingroup  VIC.HM  lost 2.16 percent and top insurer BaoViet Holdings  BVH.HM  stood unchanged.
A total of 106.33 million shares changed hand, against the five-day average of 105.11 million shares.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

           VN Index       577.82              
        PREV. CLOSE       580.22              
           % CHANGE       -0.41%              
               HIGH       580.99              
                LOW       569.21              

SE Asia Stocks-Mixed; Thai stocks rebound

Thai shares staged a mild rebound on Wednesday as domestic investors hunted for bargains, while stocks in Vietnam retreated after the central bank devalued the dong for the third time this year to support exports. 
The Thai SET index  .SETI  ended the day up 0.5 percent, recovering from Tuesday's near 3 percent drop, with domestic institutions and retail investors buying shares.
The Thai bourse said foreign investors sold a net 4.6 billion baht ($129.3 million), extending their selling to a second straight day after a deadly bomb blast in central Bangkok raised concerns about the outlook of tourism industry.
The Thai baht  THB=TH  hit a six-year trough as foreign investors on Tuesday reported their largest stock selling in more than 1-1/2 years. 
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended down 0.41 percent after the central bank depreciated the Vietnamese dong and raised its trading band, with large-cap shares mixed in steady volume.  
Stocks in Malaysia  .KLSE  trimmed some early gains after July inflation picked up more than expected.  
Singapore  .FTSTI , Indonesia  .JKSE  and the Philippines  .PSI  were little changed after rangebound trading in line with broader Asia  .MIAPJ0000PUS . Investors awaited minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting for any hints on U.S rate hike plans. 

 Market                   Current      Prev Close     Pct Move
 Singapore              3041.25         3049.65           -0.28
 Kuala Lumpur       1582.44         1579.60          +0.18
 Bangkok                1379.12         1372.61          +0.47
 Jakarta                   4484.24         4510.48           -0.58
 Manila                   7344.73         7333.45          +0.15
 Ho Chi Minh           577.82           580.22           -0.41

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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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