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23 February 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 44.76 points or 1.28% higher to 3533.22, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.83%. For more observations, go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 2.03%, OCBC Bank, which gained 2.06%, UOB, which gained 2.00%, Venture, which gained 6.51% and Singtel, with a 0.90% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.75%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.51%.

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

STI ETF (+0.86%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (-1.28%)

Lion-Phillip S-REIT (-0.69%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (unchanged)

Ascendas REIT (+1.57%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (-0.51%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI32000MBeCW180328 (+13.59%)

HSI30200MBePW180328 (-11.81%)

HSI29200MBePW180328 (-13.48%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

UOB MB eCW180802 (+11.11%)

DBS MB eCW180808 (+17.05%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW180702 (+21.21%)
Singapore Stock Market
                                 Friday                   Thursday
*ST Index     3,533.22  +44.76       3,488.46  -27.77
Volume:               1,887.8M                  1,825.9M
Value:                $1,419.4M                $1,732.1M
Gainers/Losers:     274/156                     121/331


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
23 February 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 6.43 points or 0.35% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.74% to 18001.78 points, the Properties Index up 0.00% to 1199.48 points and the Plantation Index down 0.38% to 8061.49 points. The market traded within a range of 11.29 points between an intra-day high of 1864.95 and a low of 1853.66 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MAHSING-WB, TOYOINK-WA, MRCB-WA, AAX, HUAAN, DGSB, SCOMI-WB, DGB, HWGB and DGB-WA. Trading volume increased to 3547.62 mil shares worth RM2678.11 mil as compared to Thursday’s 2342.67 mil shares worth RM2061.74 mil.

Leading Movers were PBBANK (+52 sen to RM22.80), SIME (+5 sen to RM2.80), NESTLE (+150 sen to RM123.00), IHH (+7 sen to RM6.06) and RHBBANK (+6 sen to RM5.44). Lagging Movers were ASTRO (-5 sen to RM2.51), GENM (-9 sen to RM5.28), PETGAS (-28 sen to RM17.68), AMMB (-7 sen to RM4.51) and MAXIS (-7 sen to RM6.01). Market breadth was positive with 560 gainers as compared to 430 losers.

The KLCI closed higher at 1861.50 points despite overnight mixed performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters such as Public Bank, Sime Darby and Nestle.


Date As of:     Friday, February 23, 2018     
Description           Volume                             Value        Frequency
ETF                       659,000                   80,942,400                    38
Stock        15,768,420,389      9,365,553,542,618           391,908
Warrant            33,999,900           10,364,231,500                1,584
Total         15,803,079,289      9,375,998,716,518           393,530


Trading Summary

As of 20 April 2017

Type                        Buy                  Sell             Net
Institution         6,309.32       4,653.90       1,655.42
Proprietary        7,342.57       7,166.11          176.47
Foreign           20,394.38     22,184.02     -1,789.64
Individual       24,473.10     24,515.34           -42.25
Total Trading Value     58,519.37 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most higher as U.S. rate fears ease; Philippines down

* Singapore sees best week in over 1 yr
    * Vietnam top gainer on week
    * Philippines worst performer year-to-date
Feb 23 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed higher on Friday, in line with broader Asia, after comments from
Federal Reserve officials eased worries about faster rate hikes in the United States.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Thursday that policymakers need to be careful not to increase rates too
quickly as that could slow the economy, while Dallas counterpart Robert Kaplan said three rate increases in 2018 was a "reasonable" base case.  

E-Mini futures for the S&P 500  ESc1  were trading 0.3 percent higher. The index took a hit on Wednesday after minutes of the Fed's last meeting showed inflation would perk up, possibly setting the stage for additional rate hikes.
Asia shares ex-Japan  were up over 1 percent.

In Southeast Asia, financials drove Singapore shares  .STI  1.3 percent higher and the FTSE Straits Times Index ended the week 2.6 percent firmer, its best in over one year.
United Overseas Bank Ltd  UOBH.SI  rose 2 percent while DBS Group Holdings  DBSM.SI  and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd  OCBC.SI  climbed over 2 percent each to all-time closing highs.
The city-state reported no consumer inflation in January, for the first time since late 2016, due to lower accommodation and private road transportation costs, data showed on Friday.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  marched 2.5 percent higher and were up for a fourth session in five. Financials led the gains, with Vietcombank  VCB.HM  climbing 6.9 percent to a record close.
The index ended the week 4.1 percent higher, and is the best performer in the region so far this year, having gained 12.1
Thai  .SETI  and Indonesian  .JKSE  shares rose 1.1 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively, on broad-based buying.
However, Philippine shares  .PSI  fell 0.6 percent and settled at their lowest since December 22 as industrials,
financials and real estate stocks lost ground.  
Conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc  JGS.PS  was the biggest drag, down 2.8 percent at its worst close since late-December.
The benchmark finished the week 1.7 percent lower and is the only loser so far this year in the region.
 Market                  Current      Previous close       Pct Move
 Singapore             3533.22          3488.46                1.28
 Bangkok               1808.06          1788.63                1.09
 Manila                  8467.56          8515.57               -0.56
 Jakarta                  6619.804        6593.06                0.41
 Kuala Lumpur      1861.5            1855.07                0.35
 Ho Chi Minh        1102.85           1076.03               2.49

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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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