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05 February 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 46.89 points or 1.33% lower to 3482.93, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.35%. For more observations, go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 2.02%, Singtel, which declined 0.29%, OCBC Bank, which declined 1.95%, SingPost, which gained 3.62% and UOB, with a 1.27% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 1.40%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 1.77%.

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

STI ETF (-1.42%)

IS MSCI India (-2.93%)

DBXT S&P Cnx Nifty ETF (-6.03%)

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

Mapletree Log Tr (-3.05%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (unchanged)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (-1.93%)

The most active index warrants by value today were

HSI31600MBePW180227 (+37.18%)

HSI32600MBeCW180227 (-27.69%)

HSI31800MBeCW180227 (-12.77%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were

DBS MB eCW180810 (-17.04%)

DBS MB eCW180416 (-24.32%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (-12.77%)

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 Singapore Stock Market
                              Monday                    Friday
*ST Index     3,482.93  -46.89       3,529.82  -17.41
Volume:               2,831.7M                 3,893.9M
Value:                $1,775.5M               $1,934.2M
Gainers/Losers:      101/445                 180/284


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
05 February 2018

The FBM KLCI index lost 17.41 points or 0.93% on Monday. The Finance Index fell 1.26% to 17753.69 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.80% to 1200.23 points and the Plantation Index down 0.91% to 7983 points. The market traded within a range of 15.33 points between an intra-day high of 1857.39 and a low of 1842.06 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include HIBISCS, SAPNRG, SUMATEC, PUC, UMWOG, EAH-WD, AAX, PA, HUAAN and UCREST. Trading volume increased to 2656.83 mil shares worth RM2846.85 mil as compared to Friday’s 2612.44 mil shares worth RM3250.68 mil.

Leading Movers were PETDAG (+22 sen to RM25.70), NESTLE (+70 sen to RM116.60), TENAGA (+2 sen to RM15.82), PETCHEM (+0 sen to RM8.02) and PBBANK (+2 sen to RM21.98). Lagging Movers were MISC (-37 sen to RM7.20), RHBBANK (-19 sen to RM5.30), AMMB (-16 sen to RM4.58), YTL (-4 sen to RM1.50) and CIMB (-16 sen to RM7.09). Market breadth was negative with 167 gainers as compared to 966 losers.

The KLCI started the week with a negative note, dropped 17.41 points to close at 1853.07 amid overnight retreat in US market. The performance of our local bourse was bogged down by selling interest in heavy weight counter such as MISC, RHB bank and Ambank.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     05 February 2018     
Volume                     Value       Frequency
ETF                       707,900                   113,288,800                    57
Stock         10,819,806,144          7,099,229,571,204          350,929
Right            1,495,820,711                 3,518,883,511                 462
Warrant             88,677,800               14,210,012,900              2,477
Total           12,405,012,555          7,117,071,756,415          353,925


SET renews MoU with Korea Exchange to foster regional collaboration

BANGKOK, February 5, 2018 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today signed the renewal of memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue the synergized efforts on capital market development and business opportunities between the two exchanges, including products and services development, IT infrastructure cooperation and information exchange.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said, "The MoU between SET and KRX, spanning another five years from today to February 4, 2023, underscores SET's strategic plan to enhance fundraising and investment in order to create business opportunities for long-term growth in the region. The extension of the MoU period would foster our long-term relationship and synergize concerted efforts on new products and services development. The agreement also embraces cooperation for improving IT infrastructure, investment activities to expand investors' opportunities, seeking the possibility of collaborative investment as well as information sharing to further strengthen the development of the two capital markets."

KRX Chairman and CEO Jiwon Jung said, "Today's MOU renewal is believed to be the very outcome of the exceptional achievements of SET-KRX collaboration during the last five years in various areas including, but not limited to the IT business and knowledge sharing. Today, the MOU has opened a new chapter of cooperation for both exchanges, even widening the possibility of mutual growth and prosperity. KRX has ceaselessly explored the innovation in the regional exchange industry, best exemplified with information business and new ecosystem for startup companies, while SET has showed its unprecedented growth in terms of market quality and quantity, positioning itself as a regional pioneer. Building uponthe previous success and accomplishments, KRX aims to unleash the new growth potential of Asia Pacific exchange industry with SET."

The MoU between SET and KRX started in 2006. In addition to the MoU, cooperation between the two markets also included implementing new technology for the clearing and settlement system of equity and derivatives products, among others.

Trading Summary     
As of 5 February 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                       Buy               Sell                Net
Institution       7,941.55         8,239.48          -297.93
Proprietary      8,821.09      10,115.79       -1,294.70
Foreign          26,604.01      31,740.84       -5,136.82
Individual      33,290.77      26,561.31        6,729.45
Total Trading Value     76,657.42 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Tumble as rising U.S. yields choke risk appetite; Vietnam worst hit

* Philippines down 2.2 pct, biggest fall since Nov 2016
    * Vietnam down 5 percent at lowest close since Aug 2015
    * Asian shares ex-Japan see worst fall since late 2016
    By Nikhil Nainan
Feb 5 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets plunged on Monday as rising U.S. bond yields on worries over the prospect of higher interest rates rattled equity investors, with Vietnam shedding five percent to record its steepest fall in nearly two-and-a-half years.
Asian shares fell their most in over a year after fears of resurgent inflation toppled Wall Street on Friday from all-time highs.     
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  dropped as much as 2 percent, extending losses into a third straight session.  
"There is a cautious mood currently because of the sudden surge in yields, so I think markets are trying to adapt to this changing environment of changing yields and expectations of higher inflation going forward," said Joel Ng, a research analyst at KGI Securities in Singapore.
Global bond yields have been rising on expectations of improving global growth, which has investors worried about the impact of rising borrowing costs on consumers and companies.
Shares in Singapore  .STI  closed 1.3 percent lower as financial stocks dragged the index lower.  
Top lenders Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp  OCBC.SI  and DBS Group Holdings  DBSM.SI  suffered their worst session in over a month, while United Overseas Bank  UOBH.SI  fell to a four-week low.
Although higher interest rates tend to bode well for lenders, a sudden or much faster rise in yields will cause some
problems in the equity markets, Ng added.
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  recouped part of their early losses after data showed the economy grew at its fastest pace in four years in October-December.   
Consumer stocks weighed heavy on the index, with Astra International Tbk PT  ASII.JK  falling as much as 2.9 percent.

Unilever Indonesia Tbk PT  UNVR.JK  closed 1.1 percent lower.
Philippine shares  .PSI  closed 2.2 percent lower as heavyweights SM Prime Holdings  SMPH.PS  and SM Investment  SM.PS  witnessed selling pressure.  
Vietnamese shares  .VNI  plummeted 5 percent on Monday, marking their worst day since Aug 2015.
Thai  .SETI  and Malaysian shares  .KLSE  closed around one percent lower.  

 Market                 Current        Previous close     Pct Move
 Singapore             3482.93            3529.82             -1.33
 Bangkok               1810.32            1827.35             -0.93
 Manila                   8616                8810.75             -2.21
 Jakarta                   6589.675         6628.82             -0.59
 Kuala Lumpur       1853.07           1870.48             -0.93
 Ho Chi Minh         1048.71           1105.04             -5.10

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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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