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03 February 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -15.33 points lower or -0.45% to 3408.02, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.27%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.33% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.20%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-1.21%), DBS (-0.91%), Keppel Corp (+1.49%), UOB (-1.45%) and Keppel Land (-0.22%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index (+1.39%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index are Keppel Corp (+1.49%) and Sembcorp Industries  (-0.23%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -1.13% with Midas Holdings’ share price declining -1.52% and Geo Energy Resources’ share price declining unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+0.60%), CIMB FTSE ASEAN 40 (+2.67%), STI ETF (unchanged).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+1.58%), CapitaCom Trust (+1.70%), CapitaMall Trust (+0.95%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (-1.72%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (-2.01%), HSI23600MBePW150429 (-2.11%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB ePW150402 (+4.30%), Ezion MBeCW151102 (-3.33%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150413 (+1.56%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                    Tuesday                      Monday
*ST Index          3,408.02  -15.33     3,423.35  +32.15
Volume:                  1,248.5M                  1,305.7M
Value:                   $1,226.6M                $1,291.4M
Gainers/Losers:      210/226                     182/261


Trade Summary
Date As of:     03 February 2015    
Description               Volume                            Value    Frequency
Total               5,548,690,728    5,754,607,612,564       230,412
ETF                              18,800                 12,042,500                 90
Stock              5,538,941,528    5,752,562,349,064       229,661
Warrant                  9,730,400            2,033,221,000               661


Trade Summary
Date As of:     03 February 2015    
Description             Volume              Value                Frequency
Institution              6,123.71           5,135.96                  987.75     
Proprietary            5,620.09           4,689.49                  930.60     
Foreign                11,060.27           8,786.26               2,274.01     
Individual               9,571.16         33,763.52             -4,192.36     
Total Trading Value     52,375.23 M.Baht     


Vietnam index falls 2.3 pct, blue-chips down

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  fell for the fourth session to end at a 3-1/2 week low on Tuesday, led by banks and manufacturing companies as investors  offloaded stocks despite reassurance from market regulators to take supportive measures.
The VN Index  fell 2.26 percent to end at 557.47, the lowest close since Jan. 8.
All banks dropped, including Vietcombank , Vietnam's largest listed bank, that fell 6.72 percent. Steel producer Hoa Sen Group   , one of Vietnam's 30 largest listed firms in term of market value, fell 5.81 percent.
PetroVietnam Gas , the country's biggest listed firm, closed unchanged at 76,500 dong, helping keep the index from a steep fall.
Volume rose 14 percent from the previous day to 97 million shares, but was still below the five-day average level of 101.4 million shares, based on Thomson Reuters data.
Aimed at amending a government decree on stock trading this year, Vietnam will institutionalise foreign investment, in line with commitments under global trade pacts, State Securities Commission Chairman Vu Bang was quoted by the Vietnam Economic Times newspaper.
 "In 2015, policy makers will arrange to put the 'room loosening' in the amended decree," Bang was quoted as speaking at a conference on Monday, referring to the increase of foreign ownership of Vietnam's stocks. He did not elaborate.  
 Short-term investors should reduce their holdings while medium- and long-term investors could buy stocks at lower levels around the holiday, BIDV Securities told clients in a note.
 Vietnam's stock markets will be closed on Feb. 16-23 for Tet, the country's biggest festival to mark the Lunar New Year.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                         VN Index       557.47              
                PREV. CLOSE       570.37              
                   % CHANGE       -2.26%              
                       HIGH       574.83              
                        LOW       557.47              

SE Asia Stocks-Thai index hovers near 20-month high; PTTEP leads oil shares rally

Thai key index hovered around 20-month high on Tuesday as gains in large-cap energy shares overshadowed weakness in airline stocks amid a rise in oil futures.
The benchmark SET index   rose 1.25 percent to 1,602.54, the highest close since May 2013. Shares of energy explorer PTT Exploration and Production   surged 7.1 percent, while top energy firm PTT    jumped 4.2 percent.   Bucking the trend, shares of national carrier Thai Airways International   and budget airline Nok Airlines   fell over 1 percent.
Oil futures rose on Tuesday, adding to gains of more than 11 percent in the prior two sessions as BP announced a cut in capital expenditure for 2015.
Stocks in Indonesia   posted modest gains amid foreign-led buying in banking shares such as Bank Mandiri    and Bank Rakyat Indonesia , stock exchange and Thomson Reuters data showed.
Oil-related stocks outperformed across exchanges.

In Singapore, shares of Keppel Corp   rose 1.5 percent versus a 0.5 percent fall in the key Straits Times Index .
Philippine refiner Petron Corp  shares gained 4.6 percent, outpacing the main index's  0.2 percent fall.   
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   fell for the fourth session to end at a 3-1/2 week low, led by banks and manufacturing companies as investors offloaded stocks despite reassurance from market regulators to take supportive measures.
Malaysia   was closed for a second day for a public holiday. The market will open on Wednesday.
 Market                  Current     Prev Close       Pct Move
 Singapore            3408.02        3423.35              -0.45
 Bangkok              1602.54        1582.70             +1.25
 Jakarta                 5291.72        5276.23             +0.29
 Manila                 7613.15        7630.71              -0.23
 Ho Chi Minh         557.47          570.37              -2.26

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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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