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18 February 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 43.78 points or 1.67% higher to 2657.57, taking the year-to-date performance to -7.81%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 1.90%, DBS, which gained 2.13%, CapitaLand, which gained 1.75%, UOB, which gained 0.29% and Global Logistic, with a 2.74% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 1.54%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.80%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which rose 3.19%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Industries – ended 2.31% higher and 5.14% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 0.21%. Silverlake Axis shares remained unchanged and CSE Global declined 1.18%.

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

IS MSCI India 100 (+1.35%)

STI ETF (+1.53%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF10 (-0.08%)

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

Capitamall Trust (+0.96%)

Ascendas REIT (+3.42%)

Mapletree Gcc Tr (+5.36%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI19800MBeCW160330 (+15.73%)

HSI18400MBePW160330 (-17.69%)

HSI19600MBePW160226 (-25.00%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW161004 (+10.27%)

KepCorp MBeCW161212 (+8.05%)

KepCorp MB eCW161205 (+8.14%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                Thursday                     Wednesday
*ST Index         2,657.57  +43.78        2,613.79  -30.79
Volume:                1,161.7M                       971.6M
Value:                 $1,344.3M                     $1,299M
Gainers/Losers:      278/110                      135/225


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
18 February 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 15.70 points or 0.94% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.50% to 14022.75 points, the Properties Index up 1.41% to 1122.96 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.69% to 7990.46 points. The market traded within a range of 19.85 points between an intra-day high of 1685.65 and a low of 1665.80 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include GAMUDA-WR, TIGER-WC, XDL, APFT, HSI-C14, JAG, GENETEC, XOX, VIVOCOM and BJCORP. Trading volume decreased to 1674.24 mil shares worth RM2100.30 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1751.95 mil shares worth RM1623.90 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+40 sen to RM8.19), SKPETRO (+8 sen to RM1.98), WPRTS (+13 sen to RM4.00), AMMB (+14 sen to RM4.53) and SIME (+23 sen to RM8.00). Lagging Movers were KLCC (-8 sen to RM7.08), PBBANK (-12 sen to RM18.26), BAT (-24 sen to RM55.84), TM (-2 sen to RM6.67) and TENAGA (-0 sen to RM13.22). Market breadth was positive with 545 gainers as compared to 302 losers.

The KLCI extended its midday gains and closed higher at 1680.02 points amid overnight gains in US market. Market breadth was positive following the rise in oil prices and the strengthening of ringgit.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     18 February 2016     
Description             Volume                              Value         Frequency
ETF                          10,300                       6,282,100                     18
Stock           5,736,483,892        6,896,106,673,569            307,209
Right                             200                                   200                     02
Warrant               5,042,100                   140,077,800                   446
Total           5,741,536,492         6,896,253,033,669            307,675


Trading Summary

As of 18 February 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                           Buy                Sell                Net
Institution            6,811.72         6,628.71           183.01
Proprietary           4,789.31         6,001.31      -1,212.00
Foreign              13,014.20       11,769.20        1,245.00
Individual           22,378.16      22,594.17          -216.01
Total Trading Value     46,993.39 M.Baht


Vietnam index ends up 1 pct on upbeat oil prices

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended up 0.99 percent on Thursday, with most shares rallying in line with Asian markets on upbeat oil prices.
PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  jumped 5.84 percent to its highest closing level of 41,700 dong since November 2015, while PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp  PVD.HM  soared 5.38 percent to a six-week high.
Oil prices rose 7 percent after Iran voiced support for a Russia-Saudi-led move to freeze production to deal with the
market glut that had pressured crude prices to their lowest in a dozen years.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

                VN Index  552.49            
       PREV. CLOSE  547.05            
          % CHANGE   +0.99            
              HIGH  555.05            
               LOW  549.16            

SE Asia Stocks-Rise on oil price rebound; Malaysia up with ringgit

Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday, with the Malaysian index hitting a seven-week high amid gains in the ringgit in reaction to rebounding oil prices while Indonesian shares posted modest gains after the central bank cut rates as expected.

Gains in crude oil helped improve risk sentiment in Asia, sending MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside
Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  1.8 percent higher.   
Kuala Lumpur composite index  .KLSE  climbed nearly 1 percent to 1,680.02, the highest close since Dec. 31.
The Malaysian ringgit  MYR=MY  advanced more than 1 percent as a surge in oil prices and better-than-expected fourth-quarter economic data eased concerns about Southeast Asia's third-largest economy.  
Malaysia saw relatively moderate trading volumes which were close to a 30-day average, similar to regional peers. Brokers said uncertainties about the direction of global oil prices kept some investors cautious.
Jakarta composite index  .JKSE  closed the day up 0.3 percent after the Indonesian central bank cut its benchmark
interest rate for the second time this year, as expected, in a bid to help speed up sluggish economic growth. 
Singapore  .STI  reversed Wednesday's loss and rose 1.7 percent to a more than one-month high. The Philippines  .PSI  
rose for a fourth day, hovering around a seven-week high. Thai  .SETI  and Vietnamese .VNI  stocks rebounded from the day before.
Foreign investors bought Malaysian and Indonesian shares worth a net 211 million ringgit ($50.72 million) and 367 billion rupiah ($27.21 million) respectively while selling Philippine shares worth a net 800 million peso ($16.83 million), stock exchange.
 Market                     Current     Prev Close       Pct Move
 Singapore               2657.57           2613.79          +1.67
 Kuala Lumpur       1680.02           1664.32          +0.94
 Bangkok                 1294.59          1288.47           +0.47
 Jakarta                    4778.79           4765.51          +0.28
 Manila                    6848.87          6756.82           +1.36
 Ho Chi Minh            552.49            547.05           +0.99

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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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