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04 February 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +9.55 points higher or +0.28% to 3417.57, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.56%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.29% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.18%. The top active stocks were Keppel Corp (+1.02%), DBS (+0.31%), SingTel (+0.49%), OCBC Bank (+0.57%) and Ezion (-2.27%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index (+1.10%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index are Wilmar International (+0.62%) and Thai Beverage  (+1.37%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which declined -1.70% with United Envirotech’s share price declining -0.31% and Hyflux’s share price declining -1.08%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (-0.25%), SPDR Gold Shares (-1.32%), STI ETF (+0.29%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+0.94%), Ascendas REIT (-2.71%), Suntec REIT (+1.59%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (+4.39%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (-6.85%), HSI23800MBePW150330 (-8.65%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (+2.08%), DBS MB ePW150402 (-2.06%), SGX MB eCW150803 (+9.35%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                      Wednesday                   Tuesday
*ST Index     3,417.57  +9.55     3,408.02  -15.33
Volume:            1,215.9M                  1,248.5M
Value:                $1,304M                $1,226.6M
Gainers/Losers:   220/203                    210/226


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
4 Feb 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 21.76 points or 1.22% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 1.11% to 15674.16 points, the Properties Index up 0.80% to 1304.75 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.41% to 7974.19 points. The market traded within a range of 30.32 points between an intra-day high of 1831.41 and a low of 1801.09 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include ASIABIO , ASIABIO-WA , NEXGRAM, SUMATEC, TAKASO, KNM, DAYA, SANICHI, EDUSPEC and SKPETRO. Trading volume increased to 2413.24 mil shares worth RM2692.26 mil as compared to Friday’s 1913.88 mil shares worth RM2206.88 mil.

Leading Movers were SKPETRO (+15 sen to RM2.82), PETCHEM (+20 sen to RM5.30), CIMB (+15 sen to RM5.65), GENM (+11 sen to RM4.17) and BAT (+150 sen to RM67.50). Lagging Movers were FGV (-4 sen to RM2.40), YTL (-2 sen to RM1.74), AXIATA (-3 sen to RM7.17), GENTING (-2 sen to RM8.81) and HLFG (-2 sen to RM16.90). Market breadth was positive with 467 gainers as compared to 399 losers.

The KLCI closed higher at 1803.02 points, taking cue from the overnight gains in US markets. Local trading sentiment improved, supported by a higher in crude oil prices coupled with the strengthening of ringgit.


Trading Summary

As of   4 February 2015 Unit: M.Baht

Type                      Buy             Sell             Net
 Institution       7,420.63      9,273.95     -1,853.32     
Proprietary      4,505.40      4,832.46        -327.06     
Foreign         13,037.15     10,600.68      2,436.47     
Individual      38,725.90     38,981.99       -256.09     
Total Trading Value     63,689.08 M.Baht     


Vietnam index rallies 0.7 pct, energy leads Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  rebounded 0.71 percent on Wednesday, with oil and gas equities outperforming the market as investors took risk position amid recovering global crude price.

PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's top firm by market value, rose 2.61 percent, and Petrovietnam Drilling & Well Services had its second straight gain, advancing 2.56
percent while its volume neared the one-month high.

Oil prices had rallied 19 percent in the past four sessions before falling on Wednesday amid renewed concerns over global demand and high stock levels.  ID:nL4N0VE05N     
Gains in energy shares boosted market sentiment in the afternoon, which has been subdued this week as a central bank's directive that caps loans for share investment came into effect on Sunday and before a long market holiday starting Feb. 14.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index at the close

                   VN Index       561.45              
                PREV. CLOSE       557.47              
                   % CHANGE        0.71%              
                       HIGH       561.69              
                        LOW       553.21                                                                  


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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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