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05 February 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -10.99 points lower or -0.32% to 3406.58, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.23%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.03% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.17%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.92%), Keppel Corp (-0.90%), SingTel (unchanged), Global Logistic (-1.20%) and OCBC Bank (-0.85%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index (+0.47%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Health Care Index are Raffles Medical Group (+0.50%) and Biosensors International Group  (+0.75%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which declined -1.43% with Keppel Corp’s share price declining -0.90% and Sembcorp Industries’s share price declining -2.52%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the LYXOR CHINA H (+0.62%), IS MSCI India (+0.50%), DBXT CSI300 ETF (-2.60%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+1.40%), Ascendas REIT (-1.20%), Suntec REIT (-1.04%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (+5.88%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (-7.35%), HSI24200MBePW150429 (-2.89%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (-12.25%), DBS MB ePW150402 (+15.79%), KepCorp MBeCW150901 (-12.06%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                   Thursday                      Wednesday
*ST Index            3,406.58  -10.99             3,417.57  +9.55
Volume:                   1,012.2M                          1,215.9M
Value:                    $1,111.3M                            $1,304M
Gainers/Losers:          157/243                             220/203


Trade Summary
Date As of:     05 February 2015    
Description                  Volume                          Value        Frequency
Total                 5,046,303,421    6,882,592,424,695          246,189
ETF                             44,200                 40,676,100                 286
Stock                5,020,783,021    6,878,320,324,295          243,879
Warrant                  25,476,200           4,231,424,300              2,024


Thai bourse welcomes Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) as the 5th settlement bank

Bangkok, February 5, 2015 - Thailand Clearing House Co., Ltd. (TCH), a subsidiary of The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), appoints Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) pcl as a settlement bank for securities market, being the fifth settlement bank in Thailand. It started the services from February 2, in order to help strengthen clearing and settlement process for the Thai capital market and provide services for its clearing members.

SET Executive Vice President Bordin Unakul said that TCH appointed Standard  Chartered Bank (Thai) pcl as a settlement bank for securities market, becoming
the fifth settlement bank in Thailand, acting as the intermediary of clearing and settlement process between SET and the clearing members. Standard Chartered
Bank (Thai) pcl, a financially strong bank with various financial services. As such, having Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) pcl as a settlement bank would be
another choice for 38 existing clearing members in providing full service of clearing and settlement with efficiency and speed, as well as supporting the
growing demand for settlement services. Statistically, in 2014, the net settlement value of securities clearing and settlement was THB 1 trillion or a
daily average value of THB 4.6 billion.

Currently, TCH is in the process of building new settlement and depository  system, to be launched in 2015 enabling competitive capabilities among leading
world-class clearing houses, serving its business expansion, boosting speed of new product launch, serving multi-market as well as multi-currency trading.

Lyn Kok, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thailand and Greater Mekong,  Standard Chartered Bank stated, "Standard Chartered is delighted to be appointed
by TCH as an international bank partner to support local and cross-border trade settlements. We are proud to be able to play a key role in strengthening the
development of Thailand's capital market. With our financial strength, deep financial expertise and vast international network that spans all 10 ASEAN
countries and 70 markets around the globe, we are committed to using our resources to support TCH, brokers and investors to embrace opportunities in Thailand."

Trade Summary
Date As of:     05 February 2015    
Description           Volume                  Value              Frequency
Institution            4,083.07             4,605.33              -522.26     
Proprietary          6,019.05             5,781.50               237.55     
Foreign             10,118.92            10,225.79             -106.87     
Individual          34,161.33            33,769.76               391.58     
Total Trading Value        54,382.38 M.Baht


Vietnam index up 1 pct, banks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  was up 0.97 percent at the break on Thursday, led by some banks that rebounded from strong falls in the previous session.
Hanoi-based Vietcombank , Vietnam's top lender by market value, jumped 4.53 percent, having lost a combined 11.5 percent in the previous five sessions, while VietinBank 
bounced back 4.32 percent.
Trade has been subdued this week as investors stayed on the sidelines to observe the effect of a central bank directive, which caps banks' loans for investments in shares at 5 percent of a bank's registered capital, to inflows into the market.
"The fundamentals of the market are still positive, and many investors are just looking for the right time to step in," said manager Nguyen The Minh of Viet Capital Securities.  
Analysts said investors also reduced risk exposure ahead of Tet, the country's biggest festival to mark the Lunar New Year, during Feb 16-23 this year.  <VN/HOLIDAY>  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at midday

          VN Index   566.91            
       PREV. CLOSE   561.45            
          % CHANGE    0.97%            
              HIGH   568.22            
               LOW   562.05     


SE Asia Stocks - Philippines off record close; Indonesia palm oil shares strong

The Philippine main index slipped on Thursday from the previous session's record closing high, while energy shares underperformed in Southeast Asia as
investors cashed in for quick gains amid oil market volatility.     Oil prices fell on Thursday, extending big losses logged in the previous session as record high inventories in the United States coupled with concern over global demand cut short a four-day rally.
The Philippine composite index   ended down 0.5 percent at 7,674.24. It hit a record closing high of 7,716.06 on Wednesday.
Energy Development Corp  and First Gen Corp   fell amid foreign-led selling, stock exchange data showed.
In the region, losers and actively-traded stocks included  Singapore's Keppel Corp , Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional Bhd , Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Pcl
and Indonesia's Perusahaan Gas Negara .
 In Jakarta, palm oil shares outperformed the broader market , led by a 3.5 percent jump in Astra Agro Lestari .
Malaysian palm oil climbed almost 5 percent on Thursday, buoyed by hopes that top producer Indonesia's plan to increase biodiesel subsidies would make blending profitable.  

 Market                    Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore               3406.58       3417.57            -0.32
 Kuala Lumpur        1803.21       1803.02            +0.01
 Bangkok                1607.92       1599.81           +0.51
 Jakarta                   5279.89       5315.28            -0.67
 Manila                    7674.24       7716.06            -0.54
 Ho Chi Minh            567.17         561.45            +1.02

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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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