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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  5 August  2013 


5 August 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 12.34 points lower or -0.38% to 3,241.79, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.36%.
The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.13% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.44%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.80%), OCBC Bk (+1.02%), Keppel Corp (+0.48%), SingTel (-2.28%) and Golden Agri-Resources (unchanged).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Technology Index which gained +0.74%. The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Technology Index are LionGold (+1.28%) and Stats Chip Pac (-1.35%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which declined -2.22% with Singtel declining -2.28% and Starhub declining -1.82%.  The FTSE ST Health Care Index declined -0.62% and the FTSE ST Industrials Index declined -0.60%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were SPDR GOLD SHARES (+1.93%), IS MSCI INDIA 100 (+1.82%) and ISHARES USD ASIA HY BOND ETF (+0.47%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were SPH REIT (+0.51%), CapitaMall (+0.50%) and Suntec Reit (+0.31%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22200MBeCW130927 (unchanged), HSI22400UBeCW130927 (+15.25%) and HSI22000MBePW130927(-8.57%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were OCBC Bk MBeCW131101 (+8.33%), DBS MB eCW131203 (-9.47%) and KepCorp MBeCW131101 (-3.97%).
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 Singapore Stock Market
                                    Monday                         Friday

*ST Index     3,241.79  -12.34     3,254.13  +10.84
Volume:              2,016.4M                 2,139.1M
Value:                  $825.9M               $1,294.5M
Gainers/Losers:     161/278                   202/244


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
5 Aug 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.63 points or 0.15% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.55% to 16938.77 points, the Properties Index up 0.41% to 1366.4 points and the Plantation Index down 0.09% to 8340.64 points. The market traded within a range of 7.32 points between an intra-day high of 1788.93 and a low of 1781.61 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SONA-WA, IRIS, DAYA, SONA, ETITECH, INGENCO, TMS, FLONIC, MAS and FLONIC-WA. Trading volume increased to 1589.74 mil shares worth RM1565.66 mil as compared to Friday’s 1229.35 mil shares worth RM1844.37 mil.

Leading Movers were PETDAG (+62 sen to RM27.06), BAT (+24 sen to RM63.24), AMMB (+24 sen to RM8.05), PETGAS (+16 sen to RM20.80) and PPB (+14 sen to RM14.98). Lagging Movers were HLBANK (-14 sen to RM13.96), KLK (-12 sen to RM21.26), GENM (-10 sen to RM4.40), MISC (-9 sen to RM5.20) and SKPETRO (-8 sen to RM3.84). Market breadth was positive with 402 gainers as compared to 346 losers.

The KLCI extended its gain for a third consecutive trading day since last week and closed at 1785.1 points. The local bourse continued its rebound as the investors probably took a cue from the disappointing US jobs data that suggested Federal Reserve may not be scaling back its bond buying stimulus programme so soon.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     02 August 2013    

Description                 Volume                      Value              Frequency
ETF                 39,124,500         4,180,551,500              40
Stock          6,023,779,954    4,633,558,429,011      110,470
Warrant           15,496,000             784,432,500         1,087
Total           6,078,400,454    4,638,523,413,011      111,597

Trading Summary
As of 05 Aug 2013           Unit: M.Baht

Type                           Buy              Sell                  Net
Institution       1,219.35        688.41         530.93     
Proprietary      4,263.24     3,605.70         657.54     
Foreign           6,453.67     6,840.65       -386.98     
Individual        8,945.06     9,746.55        -801.49     
Total Trading Value              20,881.32 M.Baht     

Vietnam's VN Index closed down 0.2 percent on Monday in slim trade, with little appetite from investors now that earnings season is over and inflation risks loom, analysts said.

The two biggest companies by capitalisation led the decline, with PetroVietnam Gas down 0.8 percent and diary maker Vinamilk   losing 1.4 percent. Real estate company Hoang Anh Gia Lai dropped 1 percent and food processor Masan Group  fell 0.6 percent.

Trading volume was the second lowest recorded in the past three months as investors await better news on the economy. The
26.3 million shares traded in the previous session was the lowest since May 3.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close
                   VN Index     493.66           
            PREV. CLOSE     494.66           
               % CHANGE     -0.20%           
                   HIGH     496.74           
                    LOW     492.75     


Southeast Asian stocks were flat to weaker on Monday amid selective buying in battered large caps including Malaysian banks  <.KLFI>  and Philippine SM Investments Corp  but activity dropped across exchanges in holiday-thinned demand.

Malaysian key index edged up 0.11 percent, with shares in AMMB Holdings rising 2.6 percent, the top percentage gainer.
Large caps led the Malaysian benchmark lower last week after Fitch Ratings downgraded the country's credit outlook.
In Manila, shares in SM Investment, the top company by market value, gained almost 1 percent at one point after Friday's 8.6 percent drop following a share placement at discount.  

Singapore's Straits Times Index  slid 0.6 percent as telecom firm Singapore Telecommunications Ltd  and port operator Hutchison Port Holdings Trust   were major losers as both stocks went ex-dividend.  

In a rangebound session, the Thai main SET index inched down 0.08 percent to 1,419.80 at midday in a thin trading volume that was 21 percent of the full day average over the past 30 sessions.
Investors were cautious over domestic political developments as anti-government demonstrators continued a peaceful protest to oppose the amnesty bill set to be deliberated by parliament this week, brokers said.
The SET index staged a mild rebound in morning trade after last week's drop of almost 4 percent, when it underperformed regional peers, partly due to political concerns.

Broker KGI Securities said sentiment was supportive from the U.S. financial markets as lower-than-expected July jobs data boosted investor belief that the stimulus program, known as QE, would remain in place
"However, we believe the recovery in SET remains fragile and sensitive to local political news flow," it said in a report.

Most Southeast Asian bourses are in a shortened session this week, with Singapore and Malaysia shut on Thursday and Friday.

The Philippines will be closed on Friday, with Indonesia closed this week for Eid Al-Fitr holidays.
  Market                            Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*      423.98        422.88       +0.26
 Singapore                 3232.40       3254.13        -0.67
 Kuala Lumpur           1785.52       1782.51       +0.17
 Bangkok                  1419.80       1420.94        -0.08
 Manila                     6513.98       6533.95        -0.31
 Ho Chi Minh              493.46        494.66         -0.24


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