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11 December 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -7.11 points lower or -0.21% to 3318.70, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.86%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.42% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.35%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+1.27%), DBS (-1.00%), Keppel Corp (-1.56%), UOB (-0.53%) and OCBC Bank (+0.48%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index (+1.14%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index are SingTel (+1.27%) and StarHub  (-0.49%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which declined -1.38% with Keppel Corp’s share price declining -1.56% and Sembcorp Industries’ share price declining -1.15%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (-0.62%), STI ETF (unchanged), DBXT CSI300 ETF (-1.64%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.25%), Suntec REIT (-1.55%), Ascendas REIT (-0.42%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23200MBePW150129 (+12.39%), HSI24000MBeCW150129 (-7.27%), HSI23000MBePW141230 (+22.22%).

Singapore Stock Market
                              Thursday           Wednesday
*ST Index         3,318.7  -7.11     3,325.81  +5.97
Volume:                1,089.7M            1,198.7M
Value:                   $1,014M           $1,105.8M
Gainers/Losers:      132/234               247/172


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
11 Dec 2014

The FBM KLCI lost 20.95 points or 1.19% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.78% to 15494.4 points, the Properties Index dropped 1.48% to 1298.63 points and the Plantation Index down 1.70% to 7815.21 points. The market traded within a range of 14.84 points between an intra-day high of 1757.19 and a low of 1742.35 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include EATECH, MINETEC, KNM, PERISAI, HSI-CJ, SKPETRO, FBMKLCI-HG, GLOTEC, TIGER and SUMATEC. Trading volume increased to 1226.91 mil shares worth RM1502.06 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1212.84 mil shares worth RM1605.90 mil.

Leading Movers were MISC (+21 sen to RM7.23), AXIATA (+6 sen to RM6.98) and ASTRO (+1 sen to RM3.33). Lagging Movers were PETDAG (-102 sen to RM16.70), FGV (-11 sen to RM2.75), PETCHEM (-18 sen to RM5.07), MAXIS (-23 sen to RM6.65) and IOICORP (-15 sen to RM4.58). Market breadth was negative with 178 gainers as compared to 626 losers.

The KLCI closed lower at 1744.57 points after the surge on yesterday, as investors were taking profit. The lacklustre performance of our local bourse was in line with Asian and U.S. markets, following price of crude fell to a new five-year low and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cut its demand outlook for next year. Meanwhile, E.A. Technique made an unimpressive debut on Bursa Malaysia by losing 25.38% at the closing bell.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     11 December 2014    
Description                   Volume                     Value           Frequency
ETF                                 100                       53,000                   01
Stock              6,265,970,457    5,460,695,701,695          243,854
Right                  217,670,400              389,614,100              1,164
Warrant               23,211,864            2,073,497,598                 967
Total               6,506,852,821     5,463,158,866,393          245,986


Trading Summary

As of   11 December  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                            Buy                   Sell               Net
Institution                6,047.66          9,115.59     -3,067.93     
Proprietary             7,426.90          9,605.39     -2,178.49     
Foreign                15,144.37         18,527.31     -3,382.94     
Individual             53,115.59         44,486.22       8,629.37     
Total Trading Value        81,734.52 M.Baht     


Vietnam index near 7-mth low, energy stocks slip

 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   ended down 1.27 percent at 550.11 points on Thursday, the lowest since May 26, as offloads in energy shares extended and margin call pressured selling.
Energy-related equities shared losses with regional peers as investors cut positions amid tumbling global oil price that has been hovering around its five-year low, while OPEC on Wednesday cut its 2015 demand forecast to the lowest level in more than a decade.  
PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's biggest listed firm that accounts for a fifth of the market value, fell 4.05 percent, having lost nearly 30 percent over the past two weeks since OPEC decided not to curb output to support prices.
Petrovietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp , another subsidiary of state oil and gas group Petrovietnam, failed to repeat a dramatic rebound in the previous session, dropping 3.7 percent to a 10-month low.
Cautious trading dragged volume to 95.7 million, the lowest level since Nov. 6, while only two banks managed to advance after Moody's Investors Service upgraded the outlook for Vietnam's banking system to stable from negative.
Hanoi-based lender BIDV rose 0.77 percent, and Military Bank  advanced 1.55 percent.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                         VN Index       550.11              
                PREV. CLOSE       557.19              
                  % CHANGE       -1.27%              
                     HIGH       557.96              
                      LOW       547.55              

SE Asia Stocks -Thai index down on energy shares; Indonesia falls before rate decision

Thai shares suffered the worst  drop in almost a year on Thursday as investors offloaded shares of large cap energy firms amid a tumble in global oil prices, while other regional markets retreated after rebounding in the previous session.
The SET index   ended down 2.1 percent, its biggest single-day fall since January. Shares of PTT and PTT Exploration and Production , making about 10 percent of the index, slipped 3.5 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.
The heavy losses came as retail investors sold shares held in margin accounts while there was also active short-selling among foreign and institutional investors, said an equities trader in Bangkok.
"The direction of the crude oil market remains uncertain and the selloff today was a bit of a capitulation. Tomorrow, we can expect to see a technical rebound, given the selling today is quite overdone," the trader said.
The Thai bourse said foreign investors sold shares worth a net 3.4 billion baht ($103.60 million).
 Oil edged higher on Thursday towards $65 a barrel, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar, although prices remained close to a five-year low on signs that already ample supply will be even more plentiful in 2015.  
Kuala Lumpur's composite index   slid 1.2 percent after Wednesday's 1.6 percent rise, led down by shares of Petronas Dagangan.
Singapore's Straits Times Index  eversed its previous day's gain, with shares of Keppel Corp  among the top losers.
Indonesian shares   ended a tad lower amid weakness in interest rate-sensitive stocks such as Bank Rakyat Indonesia   and Bank Mandiri   ahead of the central bank's interest rate decision, which came after the closing bell.
ndonesia's central bank kept its policy rate at 7.75 percent as expected on Thursday, saying the level is consistent with efforts to keep inflation under control after a fuel price hike.
 Market                    Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore              3318.70           3325.81        -0.21
 Kuala Lumpur        1744.57          1765.52        -1.19
 Bangkok                1526.81          1559.56        -2.10
 Jakarta                   5152.69          5165.41        -0.25
 Manila                   7072.10           7175.08        -1.44
 Ho Chi Minh             550.11            557.19        -1.27

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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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