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20 February 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 11.35 points or 0.33% lower to 3476.53, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.16%. For more observations, go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 0.81%, Genting Sing, which gained 3.20%, UOB, which declined 0.29%, Singtel, which declined 1.46% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.93% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.42%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.13%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.89%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (-0.58%)

STI ETF (unchanged)

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

Mapletree Log Tr (-2.40%)

Ascendas REIT (-0.38%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (unchanged)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI32000MBeCW180328 (-20.80%)

HSI29200MBePW180328 (unchanged)

HSI30200MBePW180328 (-5.88%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB ePW180716 (-5.32%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW180702 (-5.09%)

UOB MB eCW180802 (-2.27%)

 Singapore Stock Market
                          Tuesday                     Monday
*ST Index     3,476.53  -11.35     3,487.88  +44.37
Volume:               1,912.5M                 1,381.6M
Value:                $1,306.1M               $1,118.3M
Gainers/Losers:      180/280                 349/108


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
20 February 2018

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.33 points or 0.07% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.01% to 17781.81 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.55% to 1193.4 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.15% to 8060.44 points. The market traded within a range of 8.14 points between an intra-day high of 1861.10 and a low of 1852.96 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include HUAAN, SUMATEC, AAX, HIBISCS-CC, PUC, HIBISCS, SAPNRG, UMWOG, HENGYUAN-CO and HIS-C1X. Trading volume decreased to 2275.56 mil shares worth RM2100.43 mil as compared to Monday’s 2356.06 mil shares worth RM1886.91 mil.

Leading Movers were NESTLE (+110 sen to RM121.50), GENM (+4 sen to RM5.50), YTL (+1 sen to RM1.48), AXIATA (+3 sen to RM5.67) and MAXIS (+3 sen to RM6.11). Lagging Movers were PETGAS (-86 sen to RM17.80), TM (-12 sen to RM6.00), RHBBANK (-7 sen to RM5.23), IHH (-6 sen to RM6.13) and GENTING (-8 sen to RM9.13). Market breadth was negative with 409 gainers as compared to 556 losers.

The KLCI ended with a negative note, closed lower at 1855.99 points. The performance of our local bourse was bogged down by selling interest in heavy weight counter led by Petronas Gas.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     20 February 2018     
Description           Volume                         Value       Frequency
ETF                     738,600                 95,364,500                  49
Stock        17,380,505,818      8,462,998,483,447          432,485
Warrant           99,315,000           20,327,145,100              1,845
Total         17,480,559,418      8,483,420,993,047          434,379


Trading Summary

As of 20 February 2018

Type                     Buy              Sell               Net
Institution        4,502.84       4,478.93            23.91
Proprietary      5,015.42       4,987.68             27.73
Foreign          14,040.65     16,037.98       -1,997.33
Individual       20,522.90     18,577.22        1,945.68
Total Trading Value     44,081.81 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most down; Philippines recovers to end higher for 5th session

Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell in line with broader Asia on Tuesday but Philippine shares recouped early losses to finish higher for a fifth straight session, their longest winning streak since December.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.4 percent after European equities fell.  
U.S. markets were shut on Monday for a holiday. The S&P 500 futures  EScv1  were down 0.4 percent at 0825 GMT.  US/  
"Rising bond yields in the United States are hurting regional markets," said Lexter Azurin, a senior equity analyst at AB Capital.
U.S. benchmark 10-year yields, which move inversely to prices, are edging towards the four-year highs reached last week.  
"For the U.S. market, there will be a close eye on the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting. We will probably get an indication from the Fed," Azurin added.

Indonesian shares  .JKSE  ended the session 0.4 percent lower after briefly touching a fresh record high. Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk PT  BMRI.JK , up 6.8 percent at a closing high, helped cushion the

Bank Central Asia Tbk PT  BBCA.JK , down 0.9 percent, was the biggest drag on the index. Conglomerate Astra International Tbk PT  ASII.JK  fell 1.5 percent.  
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks declined 0.5 percent.
Philippine shares  .PSI  reversed early losses to end 0.1 percent higher, led by index heavyweight SM Investments Corp  SM.PS , up 1.4 percent.
Telco PLDT Inc  TEL.PS  rose 2.6 percent to its best close since Jan-end, helping offset losses in financials.

Singapore shares  .STI  slipped 0.3 percent, weighed down by real estate and telecom stocks.  
Singapore Telecommunications  STEL.SI  fell 1.5 percent, while City Developments Ltd  CTDM.SI  and CapitaLand Ltd  CATL.SI  dropped 3 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively.
The city-state unveiled several tax measures on Monday, including increasing the top marginal buyer's stamp duty on residential property worth more than S$1 million, raising the excise duty on tobacco products and introducing GST on imported
services from 2020.      
Malaysia  .KLSE  ended marginally lower, while Thai shares  .SETI  fell 0.5 percent.
Vietnam  .VNI  was closed for a holiday.
 Market            Current     Previous close  Pct Move
 Singapore        3476.53         3487.88         -0.33
 Bangkok          1801.02        1809.67          -0.48
 Manila              8722.7          8710.22          0.14
 Jakarta              6662.876      6689.287       -0.39
 Kuala Lumpur   1855.99     1857.32            -0.07

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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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