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13 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -3.82 points lower or -0.11% to 3341.07, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.72%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.22% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.53%. The top active stocks were Keppel Corp (-1.45%), Noble (-6.82%), SingTel (-0.26%), IHH (-1.37%) and DBS (+0.10%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index (+1.79%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Health Care Index are Raffles Medical Group (unchanged) and Biosensors International Group (+4.65%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which declined -4.84% with Silverlake Axis’s share price declining -8.21% and STATS ChipPAC’s share price unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+0.67%), DBXT MSCI Asia Ex Japan ETF (+1.71%), SPDR Gold Shares (+1.66%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+1.44%), Ascendas REIT (+2.43%), Keppel REIT (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24200MBeCW150226 (+13.08%), HSI23400MBePW150226 (-14.89%), HSI24000MBeCW150129 (+16.67%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150602 (-2.80%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-3.10%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150413 (-5.71%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                      Tuesday                    Monday
*ST Index              3,341.07  -3.82       3,344.89  +6.45
Volume:                    1,394.5M                  1,101.2M
Value:                      $1,176.7M                   $906.1M
Gainers/Losers:         164/226                     159/245


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
13 Jan 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 13.82 points or 0.80% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 1.92% to 15387.49 points, the Properties Index up 0.41% to 1277.64 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.00% to 7813.25 points. The market traded within a range of 24.18 points between an intra-day high of 1750.16 and a low of 1725.98 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SYSTECH, IRIS, ASIABIO, HUBLINE, AIRASIA, MBSB, MINETEC, EFFICEN, IFCAMSC and TEKSENG. Trading volume increased to 1907.75 mil shares worth RM2121.30 mil as compared to Monday’s 1361.41 mil shares worth RM1455.45 mil.

Leading Movers were CIMB (+74 sen to RM5.92), SIME (+25 sen to RM9.40), UMW (+20 sen to RM10.82), GENTING (+9 sen to RM8.78) and RHBCAP (+7 sen to RM7.80). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-6 sen to RM2.43), PETCHEM (-8 sen to RM5.10), KLK (-32 sen to RM21.98), MAXIS (-7 sen to RM6.88) and AXIATA (-7 sen to RM6.98). Market breadth was positive with 502 gainers as compared to 313 losers.

The KLCI extended yesterday’s gains by rising 13.82 points to 1748.90, despite the weak overnight closing in Wall Street following rising concerns of tumbling oil price. The performance of our benchmark index was underpinned by strong gains in CIMB following news suggesting its mega-merger with RHB Capital and MBSB may be called off. Investors’ sentiment was boosted by positive China’s trade surplus which grew 45.9% in 2014.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     13 January 2015    
Description                  Volume                           Value         Frequency
ETF                               15,800                   10,434,900                    70
Stock             10,903,737,170      7,818,411,815,741          277,154
Right                       1,789,754                   20,712,679                     21
Warrant                 39,597,600             1,397,481,200                   987
Total              10,945,140,324      7,819,840,444,520           278,232


Trading Summary

As of   13 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy                      Sell                   Net
Institution               3,878.21          2,507.72      1,370.49     
Proprietary             4,350.90          4,871.26        -520.36     
Foreign                   6,934.48           9,016.61      2,082.13     
Individual              29,438.58        28,206.59      1,232.00     
Total Trading Value     44,602.18 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends at 7-wk high on earnings hopes

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   ended 1.09 percent up at a seven-week high on Tuesday, led by some big caps and amid expectations of good corporate results and dividend payments.
PetroVietNam Gas, the country's top firm by market value, led the risers with a 1.9 percent gain on a share buy-back plan, while property firm HAGL    jumped 4.04 percent in robust trade on expected positive earnings.   
Analysts and traders said HAGL may be profitable from partially selling an overseas project and could announce a dividend plan in coming sessions. The firm's net profit in the third quarter of 2014 jumped four-fold to $46 million.
VietinBank   advanced 5.44 percent, and Hanoi-based lender BIDV  climbed 5.81 percent in its highest trading volume since March 2014 of 4.2 million shares after a central bank's briefing note said they may merge with some others.
But profit taking in some big-caps such as Vietcombank , Vietnam's top lender by market value, signals adjustments in the short term, which are necessary for further gains, said analyst Do Quang Hop of Saigon-Hanoi Securities.
The index closed at 580.60 points, the highest since Nov. 25, 2014, based on Reuters data.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                            VN Index        580.6              
                  PREV. CLOSE       574.32              
                     % CHANGE        1.09%              
                       HIGH       580.65              
                        LOW       573.26              


SE Asia Stocks-CIMB surges in Malaysia as merger talks flounder

BANGKOK, Jan 13  - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday, with a rally in shares of Malaysia's CIMB Group Holdings helping the index rise to a more than one-week high, while investors bought select shares in the results season.
 Kuala Lumpur's composite index   extended gains for a fourth session, ending the day up 0.8 percent at 1,748.90, its highest close since Jan. 2.
CIMB shares surged 14.3 percent, its best single-day gain since February 2001 and the biggest percentage gainer on the index. The stock ended at 5.92 ringgit, its highest close since Nov. 19.  
Malaysia's proposed $20 billion merger to create the nation's biggest bank is likely to be scrapped after CIMB and RHB Capital  failed to agree on new deal terms, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
 Indonesia's Bank Negara   climbed 1.2 percent ahead of the release of its full-year 2014 earnings report, likely to be the first bank to announce results, a broker said.
In Bangkok, shares of Siam Commercial Bank   inched up 0.3 percent before fourth-quarter results due next week while the broader SET index   recovered from losses earlier in the day to close 0.3 percent higher.
Persistent weakness in oil prices weighed on energy-related shares across the region, with Singapore's Keppel Corp  sliding 1.5 percent and Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production   ending 2.7 percent lower.
Stocks in the Philippines   rebounded from the previous session's decline, closing at 7,399, just shy of its record closing high on Jan. 9. Foreign investors bought shares worth a net 956 million peso ($21.36 million) for the third straight session.
Trading volumes were at about 80 percent a full day's average over the past 30 sessions.  
Investors stayed on the sidelines in a shortened trading week, with the Philippine stock market shut on Thursday and Friday for a public holiday.
 Market                      Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore               3341.07        3344.89           -0.11
 Kuala Lumpur        1748.90        1735.08          +0.80
 Bangkok                 1534.97        1531.21          +0.25
 Jakarta                    5214.36        5187.93          +0.51
 Manila                    7399.00        7358.36          +0.55
 Ho Chi Minh            580.60          574.32          +1.09

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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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