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11 February 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +10.33 points higher or +0.30% to 3444.57, 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 -0.46%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.49%), DBS (+0.05%), Global Logistic (+3.20%), ComfortDelGro (+1.62%) and Keppel Corp (+1.40%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index (+1.17%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index are Hongkong Land Holdings (-0.25%) and Global Logistic Properties  (+3.20%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index, which declined -0.62% with Wilmar International’s share price declining -0.31% and Thai Beverage’s share price declining -0.69%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+0.90%), LYXOR Asia 10 (-0.39%), STI ETF (+0.58%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (-0.81%), CapitaMall Trust (-1.38%), CapitaCom Trust (-0.56%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (-18.81%), HSI24200MBePW150429 (+8.94%), HSI23800MBePW150330 (+15.63%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (+3.13%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150413 (-4.35%), SGX MB eCW150803 (+6.79%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                 Wednesday                       Tuesday
*ST Index          3,444.57  +10.33         3,434.24  +16.22
Volume:                 1,091.5M                          973.6M
Value:                      $974.2M                    $1,121.1M
Gainers/Losers:      184/247                         207/204


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)

11 Feb 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 12.17 points or 0.67% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.07% to 15903.83 points, the Properties Index up 0.25% to 1308.44 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.50% to 8053.55 points. The market traded within a range of 21.28 points between an intra-day high of 1812.08 and a low of 1790.80 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include ASIABIO, PERISAI, JAG, TEKSENG-WA, SUMATEC, ETITECH, KNM, SCOMI, ICON and TENAGA. Trading volume decreased to 2186.54 mil shares worth RM2364.58 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2473.84 mil shares worth RM2292.15 mil.

Leading Movers were FGV (+14 sen to RM2.50), AMMB (+7 sen to RM6.50), CIMB (+4 sen to RM5.72), GENM (+2 sen to RM4.10) and HLFG (+8 sen to RM16.88). Lagging Movers were PETDAG (-58 sen to RM18.10), TENAGA (-46 sen to RM14.40), SKPETRO (-9 sen to RM2.84), DIGI (-11 sen to RM6.32) and PETGAS (-30 sen to RM21.78). Market breadth was negative with 321 gainers as compared to 508 losers.

The KLCI plunged to below 1800 points by closing at 1798.95 points, mainly dragged down by Tenaga Nasional Bhd and oil and gas counters. Tenaga Nasional Bhd took a beating by losing 3.1% after news report showing that government is cutting the power tariffs in March. Market sentiment turned cautious over the euro zone meetings over Greece and it has prompted investors to take profit especially on oil and gas counters.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     11 February 2015    
Description          Volume                               Value           Frequency
ETF                          5,900                        3,545,900                      59
Stock        5,523,954,604         5,317,356,311,896            225,816
Warrant       151,479,600                 4,720,889,400                1,695
Total        5,675,440,104          5,322,080,747,196            227,570


As of 11 Feb 2015  Unit: M.Baht
Type                           Buy                    Sell                     Net
Institution             6,342.71           5,442.90            899.81     
Proprietary           6,109.34           5,758.55            350.79     
Foreign               11,021.40         10,462.01            559.39     
Individual            34,885.65        36,695.64        -1,809.99     
Total Trading Value        58,359.10 M.Baht     


Vietnam index nears 2-wk high; blue-chips lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  climbed 1.26 percent on Wednesday to close at its highest since Jan. 29, as most blue-chips advanced on extended support from foreign investors while volume stayed subdued ahead of a long break.  
Rising shares outnumbered decliners by more than three to one, with dairy product maker Vinamilk   leading the gainers to close up 1.94 percent, followed by property firm Vingroup   that advanced 2.75 percent.
Trading volume on Wednesday stood at 77.5 million shares, pulling the daily average this week down 13 percent from a week earlier to 74 million, Reuters data showed.
 Foreign investors were net buyers of Vietnamese equities in the previous four sessions, which analysts said partially supported sentiment and hindered selling demand, despite subdued volume ahead of the Feb. 16-23 Lunar New Year holiday.
 "We expect foreigners' strong buying into blue-chips for the rest of the quarter will support a stable upward trend for the index after the Lunar New Year holiday," said analyst Do Quang Hop of Saigon Hanoi Securities.
Foreigners tend to buy Vietnamese shares in the fourth quarter, but offloads of energy shares in their portfolios due to falling oil prices have delayed equity purchases to the beginning of this month, Hop said.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                VN Index   581.76            
       PREV. CLOSE   574.52            
          % CHANGE    1.26%            
              HIGH   581.76            
               LOW   574.88            


SE Asia Stocks -Philippines, Malaysia underperform in region

Stocks in the Philippines fell for a second straight day on Wednesday as investors awaited the central bank decision on policy interest rate while Malaysian index hit the lowest close in more than a week ahead of fourth-quarter GDP growth data.
The Philippine main index   finished down 0.5 percent after an almost 1 percent drop on the previous day.
 Interest rate-sensitive stocks were mixed, with property firm Ayala Land  up 0.6 percent and Metropolitan Bank & Trust   down 2 percent, as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is expected to leave rates unchanged on Thursday.   
Kuala Lumpur composite index  ended the day down 0.7 percent at 1,798.95, the lowest close since Jan. 30, due to losses in energy shares. Tenaga Nasional   and Sapurakencana Petroleum   each dropped 3 percent.
Sluggish global demand for its exports and weak commodity prices are expected to have dragged Malaysia's economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 to its weakest pace in more than a year. The GDP data is due on Thursday.  
Other markets eked out gains amid selective buying in a reporting season while Asian stock markets turned cautious on Wednesday as looming euro zone meetings to discuss the Greek debt crisis threatened to produce more confusion than clarity.
Thai SET index   snapped two sessions of losses, Jakarta composite index  recovered from Tuesday's fall, Singapore's Straits Times Index  <.FTSTI>  hit the highest close since May 2013 and Vietnam   ended at a near two-week high.
 In Jakarta, shares of PT Bank Mandiri Tbk  climbed 1.1 percent to a record closing high of 11,750 rupiah. The bank's Chief Financial Officer told Reuters its 2014 net profit rose 9.2 percent from a year earlier.


 Market                     Current     Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore               3444.57        3434.24          +0.30
 Kuala Lumpur        1798.95        1811.12           -0.67
 Bangkok                  1605.11       1594.96          +0.64
 Jakarta                    5336.52        5321.47          +0.28
 Manila                    7686.43        7723.14           -0.48
 Ho Chi Minh           581.76           574.52          +1.26

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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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