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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs   30  August  2011

Asean Stock Watch- August 30



The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 254.71 points, or 2.26 percent overnight at 11,539.25

S&P 500 gained 33.28 points, or 2.83 percent at 1,210.08. All 10 S&P sectors ended higher, led by techs and financials

Nasdaq rose 82.26 points, or 3.32 percent, to close at 2,562.11. Crude oil at US$87.59 a barrel, while gold at $1,796 an ounce.


Indonesia's stock market will be closed for a week for Eid al--Fitr holiday starting on Monday, August 29. Trading will resume on Monday, September 5.


The benchmark index was up 0.17 percent and closed at 1,447.27 on Monday with financial and energy-related stocks among the gainers.

Regional markets were mostly trading in positive territory except for Shanghai's A share index, which tumbled 1.25 percent to 2,584.40 at the 11.30am break.

At Bursa Malaysia, advancers outpaced decliners 432 to 214 while 221 other counters were traded unchanged in the shortened trading day. The local bourse would be closed for the Aidil Fitri holdidays and open again on Friday.

There were 447.13 million shares traded with a total turnover of RM893.57 million.

Among financial stocks, CIMB gained 3 sen to RM7.07, RHB Capital added 20 sen to RM8.30, Maybank added 5 sen to RM8.72 and Public Bank was 6 sen higher at RM13.06.

Petronas Chemicals rose 19 sen to RM6.22, MISC added 19 sen to RM6.97, Petronas Dagangan gained 16 sen to RM17.64, Petronas Gas fell 16 sen to RM13.22 and TNB was 1 sen higher at RM5.25.

Among consumer stocks, Nestle gained 80 sen to RM48.90, Carlsberg added 19 sen to RM6.87 while Dutch Lady lost 18 sen to RM18.70.

DiGi gained 20 sen to RM30.22 and Telekom was 1 sen lower at RM4.15. E&O, in which Sime Darby has proposed to acquire a 30% stake, was up 4 sen to RM1.49.

IOI Corp dropped 10 sen to RM4.51, United Plantations gained 18 sen to RM18.18 and Genting Plantations shed 13 sen to RM7.07.

Spot gold lost US$4.88 to US$1,822.27 per ounce.

Nymex crude oil gained 22 cents to US$85.59 per barrel.

Crude palm oil for November delivery added RM34 to RM3,009 per tonne.

The ringgit was quoted at 2.978 to the US dollar and 4.316 to the euro.


The Manila Exchange is closed until Wednesday.


Singapore shares closed higher on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index at 2791.89, up 1.59 percent, or 43.71 points.

About 1.2 billion shares exchanged hands.

Gainers beat losers 379 to 115.


The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) composite index on Monday gained 18.41 points, or 1.77 percent, to close at 1,055.63 points. The market value was 26.01 billion baht, with 3.30 billion shares traded.

The SET50 index rose 14.63 points, or 2.03 percent, to stay at 736.47 points, with a total transaction value of 20.41 billion baht.

The SET100 index ended the session at 1,603.64 points, up 30.70 points, or 1.95 percent, with a total trade value of 23.32 billion baht.

The SETHD index stood at 1,023.14 points, up 20.37 points, or 2.03 percent, with a total market value of 7.27 billion baht.

The Market for Alternative Investment (mai) index went up 4.60 points, or 1.60 percent, to close at 292.84 points, with a total turnover of 364.39 million baht.

Top five most active values were as follows;

PTT closed at 329.00 baht, up by 12.00 baht or 3.79 percent.

KBANK closed at 125.50 baht, up by 0.50 baht or 0.40 percent.

BANPU closed at 630.00 baht, up by 18.00 baht or 2.94 percent.

SCC closed at 330.00 baht, up by 14.00 baht or 4.43 percent.

TOP closed at 67.75 baht, up by 4.00 baht or 6.27 percent.


Trading continued to improve Monday on both national exchanges, which saw a combined market value of VND1.2 trillion (US$58.1 million).

On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index edged up 2.2 percent to end at 413.37 points. Gainers outnumbered losers by 212-41.

Trading value increased 30 per cent compared to last Friday hitting, VND615 billion ($29.9 million), while trading volume rose 38.4 percent, with 40.7 million shares changing hands.

Bluechips performed well, with three of the leading stocks by capitalisation hitting their ceiling prices. They were insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), property developer Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAG) and PetroVietnam Finance (PVF). Others advanced between 0.7-3 percent.

Sai Gon Securities Inc (SSI) was the most active code, with nearly 2.1 million shares changing hands. However, it closed today down 0.5 percent.

On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index gained 3 percent to close at 71.33 points after losing value on Friday.

Advancers outnumbered decliners by 247-47.

Some 53.4 million shares, worth VND581.7 billion, were exchanged, a rise of 68.2 percent against last Friday in terms of value and 77.4 per cent in volume.

Kim Long Securities Co (KLS) saw the highest trading volume nationwide, with 6.5 million shares exchanged. It also reached the daily increase limit to end at VND12,300.



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