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03 February 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.14 points or 0.07% lower to 3041.94, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.52%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.64%, UOB, which declined 1.21%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.32%, Singtel, which declined 0.52% and Global Logistic, with a 1.16% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index rose 0.21%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.47%.

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

IS MSCI India (-0.28%)

STI ETF (unchanged)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.16%)

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

Ascendas REIT (unchanged)

Mapletree Com Tr (-0.66%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+1.29%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI23600UBeCW170427 (-6.20%)

HSI23800MBeCW170330 (-6.25%)

HSI22400MBePW170330 (+5.16%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW170710 (-5.98%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW171002 (-3.48%)

UOB MB eCW171101 (-8.33%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                  Friday                    Thursday
*ST Index          3,041.94  -2.14        3,044.08  -23.41
Volume:                  2,760M                  2,533.6M
Value:                $1,118.5M                 $1,113.2M
Gainers/Losers:      248/190                   198/220


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
03 February 2017

The FBM KLCI index gained 11.53 points or 0.69% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.61% to 14848.64 points, the Properties Index up 0.44% to 1178.6 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.72% to 8092.65 points. The market traded within a range of 10.21 points between an intra-day high of 1685.01 and a low of 1674.80 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include HIBISCS, AAX, IFCAMSC, REACH-WA, MATANG, BJCORP-WC, SUMATEC, BJCORP, PERISAI and MPAY. Trading volume increased to 1959.05 mil shares worth RM2037.02 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1823.43 mil shares worth RM2309.07 mil.

Leading Movers were AXIATA (+15 sen to RM4.95), IJM (+7 sen to RM3.41), GENTING (+16 sen to RM8.41), WPRTS (+8 sen to RM4.22) and PPB (+28 sen to RM16.38). Lagging Movers were BAT (-72 sen to RM45.32), PETGAS (-4 sen to RM20.60), KLCC (-1 sen to RM7.86), SIME (-0 sen to RM9.04) and PETDAG (-0 sen to RM23.48). Market breadth was positive with 519 gainers as compared to 317 losers.

The KLCI ended the week with a positive note, closing at 1685.01 points despite mixed performance in Wall Street. Our benchmark index was buoyed by bargain-hunting.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     03 February 2017     
Description          Volume                            Value        Frequency
ETF                      24,100                    10,749,900                    09
Stock     21,837,978,195       7,265,028,210,734          372,010
Warrant         20,240,300                  671,482,000                  442
Total      21,858,242,595       7,265,710,442,634           372,461


Trading Summary     
As of 3 February 2017     Unit: M.Baht
Type                           Buy              Sell                Net
Institution         6,114.41       4,578.60     1,535.80
Proprietary       5,702.40       5,833.82       -131.42
Foreign          12,835.22      13,563.94      -728.72
Individual      22,647.50      23,323.16      -675.66
Total Trading Value     47,299.53 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Largely tepid ahead of U.S. jobs dat

Most Southeast Asian stock markets marked time on Friday ahead of the release of the U.S. monthly jobs report that will set the tone for the Federal Reserve's rate hike outlook.
Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 175,000 jobs in January, picking up from the 156,000 jobs added in December, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is expected to be unchanged at 4.7 percent in January.
Investors are concerned whether the Fed would switch gears to a more hawkish stance if jobs data continues to surprise on the upside. A quicker pace of rate hikes on the back of strong economic indicators is likely to trigger fund outflows from emerging markets.
Some analysts are pencilling in a March rate hike if payrolls data surprises on the upside, while futures  FFcm1  are
predicting a move only by June.   
Thai shares  .SETI  snapped five sessions of falls with energy stocks gaining on a rise in oil prices. They lost 0.5
percent on the week.
Oil rose on news that U.S. President Donald Trump could impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities.   
PTT Pcl  PTT.BK , Thailand's largest energy firm, and PTT Global Chemical PCL  PTTGC.BK  were among the top contributors.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  closed lower for the first time in six sessions, dragged down by financials and utilities, but added 0.4 percent for the week in their sixth consecutive weekly gain.
Vietcombank  VCB.HM , Vietnam's largest lender by market value, and Petrovietnam Gas  GAS.HM  were the top drags.
Philippine shares  .PSI  pared early losses to end flat with gains in utilities and telecoms offsetting losses in financial
and real estate stocks. The index declined 1.5 percent this week, its biggest fall since the week ended Dec. 23, 2016.
Energy Development Corp  EDC.PS  rose 2.1 percent to close at a three-month high, while Metro Pacific Investments Corp  MPI.PS  fell 2.7 percent to end at a one-month low.     
For the week, Singapore  .STI  lost 0.8 percent, Malaysia  .KLSE  shed 0.1 percent, and Indonesia  .JKSE  gained 0.9

  Market               Current        prev close     Pct Move
  Singapore         3041.94        3044.08          -0.07
  Bangkok           1582.95        1572.67           0.65
  Manila              7226.7           7225.91           0.01
  Jakarta              5360.767       5353.713        0.13
  Kuala Lumpur  1685.01        1673.48          0.69
  Ho Chi Minh       700.35          703.18         -0.40

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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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