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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  20 August 2014 


20 August 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +7.22 points higher or +0.22% to 3323.65, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.02%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.01% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.03%. The top active stocks were OCBC Bank (+0.68%), ThaiBev (+3.08%), SingTel (-0.51%), DBS (+0.40%) and Mirach Energy (+19.79%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index (+0.95%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index are Wilmar International (+0.63%) and Thai Beverage (+3.08%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -1.69% with Raffles Medical Group’s share price declining -1.24% and Biosensors International Group’s share price declining -3.33%. The FTSE ST Consumer Services Index gained +0.71%.  The FTSE ST Real Estate Index gained +0.03%. The FTSE ST Utilities Index declined -0.05%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (-0.49%), SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (unchanged), DBS Singapore STI ETF (+0.29%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (unchanged), CapitaMall Trust (+0.25%), Suntec REIT (-0.28%)

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25400MBeCW140929 (unchanged), HSI24800MBeCW140929 (-0.71%), HSI24600MBePW140929 (-1.11%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were UOB MB eCW141201 (+6.54%), DBS MB eCW150106 (+4.27%), KepCorp MBeCW141201 (-1.75%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                 Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index            3,323.65  +7.22         3,316.43  +3.65
Volume:                   1,676.9M                      1,760.9M
Value:                          $936M                       $1,081M
Gainers/Losers:          210/196                        246/176


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
20 Aug 2014

The FBM KLCI index gained 6.73 points or 0.36% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.01% to 17440.74 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.61% to 1513.41 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.36% to 8820.24 points. The market traded within a range of 5.65 points between an intra-day high of 1878.24 and a low of 1872.59 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include GLOTEC, SUMATEC, HUBLINE, PDZ, MARCO, NEXGRAM, HUBLINE-WA, AMEDIA, COMPUGT and TIGER. Trading volume increased to 7669.88 mil shares worth RM3304.33 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 5112.56 mil shares worth RM2913.61 mil.

Leading Movers were KLK (+74 sen to RM23.86), PETGAS (+46 sen to RM23.10), PETDAG (+34 sen to RM21.90), UMW (+18 sen to RM12.48) and DIGI (+7 sen to RM5.75). Lagging Movers were HLFG (-20 sen to RM17.18), GENTING (-8 sen to RM9.82), HLBANK (-8 sen to RM13.98), RHBCAP (-5 sen to RM9.45) and SIME (-5 sen to RM9.50). Market breadth was negative with 227 gainers as compared to 758 losers.

At the closing bell, the KLCI closed 6.73 points higher at 1878.89 points today. The local bourse erased some of its early morning gains, but remained mostly in positive territory throughout the day. Regionally, markets remained steady on the back of strong U.S. housing data, overlooking news of a widening trade deficit in Japan, while awaiting the release of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes later today.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     Wednesday, August 20, 2014    
Description               Volume                           Value           Frequency
Total              6,851,800,210        5,748,386,045,765           211,174
ETF                             9,000                      5,472,200                    15
Stock             6,686,639,810        5,745,745,585,665           209,828
Right                 110,564,600                   117,629,300                  164
Warrant               54,586,800               2,517,358,600               1,167


Trading Summary

As of   20  August  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                              Buy                  Sell                  Net
Institution                  5,709.61         4,108.80        1,600.81     
Proprietary               4,146.39          4,958.83         -812.43     
Foreign                   10,280.25          9,797.15          483.09     
Individual                26,812.48        28,083.95      -1,271.47     
Total Trading Value     46,948.73 M.Baht     


Vietnam index nears 2-wk high, Vietcombank leads

Vietnam's VN Index   rose 0.34 percent on Wednesday to reach its highest close since Aug. 7, lifted by gains on some blue-chips that offset net selling by foreign investors.

Vietcombank , the top lender by market value, rose 2.71 percent to end at a four-month high and in large volume.
The bank, 15 percent owned by Japan's Mizuho Corporate Bank  <8411.T> , last week reported a 13 percent rise in first half net profit.
"Despite gains in the market, investors should be cautious as foreign investors have been constantly offloading stocks in August," said Nguyen Thanh Lam, a deputy manager at Maybank Kim Eng Securities.
Foreigners have sold a net 1.4 trillion dong ($66.1 million) so far this month, 11 times the net value sold for the whole of July, exchange data showed.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at the close
                             VN Index        606.7            
                   PREV. CLOSE       604.64            
                      % CHANGE        0.34%            
                       HIGH       608.72            
                        LOW       602.81            


SE Asia Stocks-Thai SET index hits 1,550; Indonesia over 14-month high

Southeast Asia stock markets rose on Wednesday, in line with other Asian stock markets, with Thai benchmark topping its psychological mark of 1,550, a day before the nomination of a new Prime Minister, and Indonesia hitting an over 14-month high.
Gains in Bangkok were led by tourism stocks including airport operator Airports of Thailand Pcl  and home builder Land & Houses Pcl , with brokers citing optimism around improved outlook of local economy and political situation.
"The NLA (National Legislative Assembly) is set to meet  tomorrow to choose the new Prime Minister, to be followed by the setting up of a new cabinet possibly by the end of this month," strategists at KGI Securities wrote in a report.
The NLA is likely to nominate General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the May 22 coup after months of street protests, assembly members told Reuters.  
 Broker KGI said it expects the market to rise further this month, led by shares in sectors seen as beneficiaries of the domestic economy, including property, tourism and contractors.
 The benchmark SET index  closed up 0.5 percent at 1,550.77. It rose at one point to 1,552.52, just shy of an over 14-month intraday high of 1,552.66 hit on Aug. 14.
 Investors bought Indonesian large caps such as Bank Rakyat Indonesia   and Telkom Indonesia , bringing the key Jakarta's Composite Index   to 5,190.17, the highest close since May 29, 2013.
The market awaited a court ruling on the presidential election on Thursday, brokers said.
"We expect Jokowi's win to be confirmed by constitutional court decision, which should result in a slight positive sentiment for the market," Trimegah Securities said in a research report.
Asian stocks were steady on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data lifted Wall Street shares, helping nudge Treasury  yields higher and keeping the dollar to extend gains against the euro and yen.  
 Market                          Current     Prev Close     Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*        444.68           444.96          -0.07
 Singapore                    3323.65         3316.43          +0.22
 Kuala Lumpur              1878.89         1872.16         +0.36
 Bangkok                     1550.77          1542.85         +0.51
 Jakarta                        5190.17          5165.17         +0.48
 Manila                         7096.49          7082.75         +0.19
 Ho Chi Minh                 606.70            604.64         +0.34

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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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