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12 January 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 7.88 points or 0.22% higher to 3520.56, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.46%.  For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.45%, Singtel, which declined 0.28%, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.70%, JMH USD, which gained 1.65% and UOB, with a 0.61% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.58%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.23%.

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

IS MSCI India (-0.64%)

STI ETF (unchanged)

SPDR Gold Shares (+0.98%)

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

CapitaLand Mall Trust (-0.96%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (-0.50%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.36%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI31800MBeCW180227 (+17.35%)

HSI30600MBePW180227 (-16.39%)

HSI29200MBePW180328 (-12.50%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180416 (-7.87%)

UOB MB eCW180802 (+4.07%)

CapitalaMBeCW181009 (+3.64%)

Singapore Stock Market
                               Friday                     Thursday
*ST Index         3,520.56  +7.88         3,512.68  -7.77
Volume:               2,443.8M                    3,264.2M
Value:                 $1,230.4M                 $1,063.3M
Gainers/Losers:      285/176                      185/248


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
12 January 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.79 points or 0.32% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.41% to 17210.91 points, the Properties Index up 0.82% to 1237.67 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.62% to 8137.82 points. The market traded within a range of 7.03 points between an intra-day high of 1825.81 and a low of 1818.78 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include UMWOG, SAPNRG, PA, BORNOIL, HUAAN, HUBLINE, PA-WB, HIBISCS, PDZ-OR and VIZIONE. Trading volume decreased to 3934.82 mil shares worth RM3287.45 mil as compared to Thursday’s 4017.26 mil shares worth RM3046.85 mil.

Leading Movers were AMMB (+15 sen to RM4.76), PMETAL (+17 sen to RM5.70), PETGAS (+50 sen to RM19.00), GENTING (+18 sen to RM9.36) and YTL (+2 sen to RM1.48). Lagging Movers were SIME (-4 sen to RM2.70), IOICORP (-3 sen to RM4.64), AXIATA (-2 sen to RM5.55), HLFG (-6 sen to RM17.78) and TENAGA (-4 sen to RM15.78). Market breadth was positive with 643 gainers as compared to 389 losers.

The KLCI ended the week with a positive note, closing higher at 1822.67 points amid overnight rally in US market. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     12 January 2018     
Description            Volume                              Value             Frequency
ETF                        601,600                   114,034,500                        64
Stock          11,183,613,406          7,072,145,236,119               315,517
Right            3,063,298,250                 8,089,829,950                   2,093
Warrant             59,639,466               21,777,905,826                   2,879
Total           14,307,152,722          7,102,127,006,395               320,553


Trading Summary     
As of 12 January 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                             Buy                    Sell              Net
Institution            11,367.43            8,750.67      2,616.76
Proprietary             9,301.87         10,804.27     -1,502.41
Foreign                 26,162.11         23,798.68      2,363.44
Individual             34,959.28         38,437.07     -3,477.79
Total Trading Value     81,790.68 M.Baht


 SE Asia Stocks-Most higher; China trade data lifts sentiment

* Thai shares hit record high
    * Vietnam extends gains, hits 10-yr high
    * Philippines posts sixth weekly gain
    By Sandhya Sampath
Jan 12 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Friday, led by Thailand, tracking gains in broader Asia as strong Chinese trade data and optimism ahead of the U.S. corporate earnings season buoyed sentiment.
Asian shares ex-Japan  rose 0.8 percent following two sessions of declines, after data showed China's exports rose 10.8 percent in 2017.    
Wall Street's three major stock indexes hit record highs overnight with earnings for S&P 500 companies expected to have increased by 11.8 percent in the recently-ended quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. 

"We are looking at a bullish outlook globally, in terms of economic growth," said Jose L. Vistan, research head at
Manila-based AB Capital Securities.     
Thai shares  .SETI  closed 0.4 percent up, after hitting a record of 1,816.81, helped by gains in financials and utilities.

Siam Commercial Bank PCL  SCB.BK  rose 2.6 percent while Gulf Energy Development PCL  GULF.BK  surged 9.3 percent to a record.
The index ended the week 1 percent higher, its seventh straight weekly gain.
The Philippine index  .PSI  pared early gains to end flat as a rise in real estate stocks was offset by a fall in consumer
staples. It finished higher for a sixth straight week.
"Given the strong growth globally, the Philippines stands out because we are projected to be the fastest growing in
Southeast Asia, which is attracting a lot of attention from investors," Vistan added.
Singapore shares  .STI  snapped two sessions of losses and ended 0.2 percent higher as sentiment got a boost after data showed the city-state's on-year retail sales in November jumped the highest in nearly two years.  

Industrials and financials ended higher, with SATS Ltd  SATS.SI , the top performer on the index, adding 2.9 percent.
The benchmark index rose 0.9 percent on the week, marking its third straight weekly gain.
Vietnam  .VNI  settled 0.2 percent higher, led by real estate stocks. Vingroup Joint Stock Company  VIC.HM  rose 5.4  percent.
The index posted its fourth weekly gain, adding 3.7 percent.     Meanwhile, Indonesian shares  .JKSE  reversed course to end 0.3 percent lower, but finished the week marginally higher.      
 Market              Current        Previous close     Pct Move
 Singapore         3520.56               3512.68              0.22
 Bangkok           1810.19               1802.8                0.41
 Manila               8814.62               8813.25             0.02
 Jakarta               6370.065             6386.339          -0.25
 Kuala Lumpur   1822.67               1816.88             0.32
 Ho Chi Minh     1050.11                1048.17            0.19

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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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