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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  15 January 2014 


15 January 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +19.5 points higher or +0.62% to 3143.25, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.68%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.28% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.44%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.29%), DBS (+0.64%), Keppel Corp (-0.09%), JES (+11.11%) and OCBC (+0.31%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+3.23%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+1.01%) and Geo Energy Resources (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which declined -0.03% with Keppel Corp’s share price declining -0.09% and Sembcorp Industries’ share price remaining unchanged. The FTSE ST Financials Index gained +0.39%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+1.17%), DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (+1.22%), Lyxor Japan Fund (unchanged).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCommercial Trust (+1.03%), CapitaMall Trust (+1.35%), Ascendas REIT (+1.40%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22800MBeCW140227 (+7.14%), HSI22400MBePW140227 (-7.79%), HSI23200MBePW140227 (-7.43%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140603 (+8.60%), KepCorp MBeCW140401 (+2.25%), UOB MB eCW140303 (-3.33%).

Singapore Stock Market
                              Wednesday                 Tuesday
*ST Index          3,143.25  +19.5       3,123.75  -11.74
Volume:                   3,443.8M                   2,746M
Value:                    $1,079.1M                 $991.2M
Gainers/Losers:          269/147                   169/234


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
15 Jan 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 10.94 points or 0.60% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.71% to 16678.03 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.86% to 1298.76 points and the Plantation Index down 0.87% to 8561.14 points. The market traded within a range of 17.48 points between an intra-day high of 1836.47 and a low of 1818.99 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SUMATEC, IRIS, DAYA, SUMATEC-WB, IOIPG, MINETEC, TIGER, BIOOSMO, TIGER-WB and SONA-WA. Trading volume increased to 2360.34 mil shares worth RM2703.14 mil as compared to Monday’s 2067.46 mil shares worth RM1738.49 mil. Leading Movers were SKPETRO (+4 sen to RM4.71), UMW (+18 sen to RM11.88), HLBANK (+14 sen to RM14.28), GENM (+2 sen to RM4.38) and YTL (+1 sen to RM1.59).

Lagging Movers were CIMB (-21 sen to RM7.09), GENTING (-20 sen to RM10.08), TENAGA (-14 sen to RM11.56), MAYBANK (-9 sen to RM9.81) and PETCHEM (-10 sen to RM6.69). Market breadth was negative with 284 gainers as compared to 556 losers.

The KLCI ended sharply lower at 1824.03 points, bucking the gains in the Asian and U.S. markets. Market sentiment may have been dragged down by the depreciating Ringgit that may signal foreign funds outflow. The losses of our local bourse were further exacerbated by the loss made by heavyweight CIMB following the announcement of private placement. Meanwhile, IOI Properties Group that made its debut listing today closed 25.5% higher at RM3.15 after easing from an intra-day high of RM3.56.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     15 January 2014    
Description                 Volume                         Value      Frequency
ETF                            23,900                 16,512,500               72
Stock              5,893,396,983     7,654,761,662,406      284,182
Right                    55,097,900               208,582,700               95
Warrant              162,106,240           7,035,929,040           3,041
Total                6,110,625,023     7,662,022,686,646      287,390


Thai bourse's contact and customer services temporarily moved from January 15

BANGKOK, January 15, 2014 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has temporarily re-located its contact and customer services to Esplanade shopping center, Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok, replacing the SET building on the same road, due to  the current political situation, starting from January 15 until further notice.

Services provided at the SET temporary site are: (1) TSD counter service, such as registrar and e-dividend service. (2) Sending / receiving of documents for brokers, listed companies, asset management companies, provident fund members, and other documents. (3) Those relating to financial receipts/payments and other documents. The services site will be open from Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please call  662 354-2087 for more information.

For other information and activities, please contact S-E-T call center at  662 229-2222 or email: For dividend payments and
benefits relevant to shareholdings, please contact TSD call center at 662 229-2888, or email: .

Trading Summary

As of  15 January 2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                           Buy                  Sell              Net        
Institution              2,841.36         2,537.62         303.74     
Proprietary            4,586.32         5,934.47     -1,348.16     
Foreign               10,489.05       11,653.12      -1,164.06     
Individual            17,454.74       15,246.25       2,208.49     
otal Trading Value          35,371.47 M.Baht     


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  closed up 0.84 percent on Wednesday, the ninth straight gain, as investors bought several blue chips with expectation
the government would soon allow foreign investors to own more in listed firms, analysts said.
Shares of the companies, in which foreign holdings are at limit, advanced. Sai Gon Securities Incorp  rose 5.13 percent, technology firm FPT  increased 1.63 percent and Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corp  gained 0.96 percent.
The government could raise foreign ownership limit to 60 percent, from 49 percent now, in some listed firm within two weeks, analysts said.
 Investors also bought speculative stocks in the real estate sector, after a Rockefeller firm has agreed to develop a $2.5 billion resort project in Vietnam.    
 Shares of property firm Tan Tao Investment and Industry Corp  jumped 6.15 percent, while its volume hit a record high of 23.1 million shares, Reuters data showed.
The index, which has advanced for nine consecutive sessions, might rise beyond its resistance level of 530-533 points within two weeks, analysts said.
The political crisis in Thailand has also prompted foreign investors to search opportunity in Vietnam's stock market, analysts said.  
The VN Index is Southeast Asia's best performer in 2013.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                        VN Index       526.68             
                PREV. CLOSE       522.31             
                   % CHANGE        0.84%             
                     HIGH       527.09             
                      LOW       522.45             


Thai shares snapped two days of gains and dropped 1.5 percent on Wednesday amid profit-booking in large-caps while Indonesian stocks rose on optimism about the government's ban on exporting unprocessed minerals.
The Thai SET index  fell to 1,277.03 after a bout of selling near the key 1,300 level, with large-caps  leading the way, including PTT , PTT Exploratiovn and Production  and Advanced Info Service .
The selling came in moderate trading volume while brokers said the domestic political uncertainty would keep the market volatile in the near term.
The Thai government has confirmed a general election will be held as planned on Feb. 2 despite mounting pressure from protesters.
 Indonesia's main index  rose 1.2 percent to a two-month closing high of 4,441.59, with strong buying in shares of nickel producer Vale Indonesia , which jumped 8.7 percent, the top gainer in large caps .
 Fitch Ratings said the last-minute intervention by Indonesia's politicians to avert a significant disruption of mining activity and exports, should limit any further stress on the sovereign rating for now.
 Foreign investors bought Indonesian shares worth a net $90 million on Wednesday, after around $160 million of net purchases on Monday, Thomson Reuters data showed.    
Share indexes in the region ended mixed, with Singapore rising 0.6 percent after four sessions of falls while Vietnam   rose 0.8 percent on market talk that the government would soon raise foreign holdings in listed firms.
Stocks in Malaysia  slipped while the Philippines  trimmed some earlier gains amid currency weakness and foreign selling.  
Malaysia posted a net foreign selling of 354 million ringgit ($108.47 million) while the Philippines reported a net 280 million peso ($6.26 million) of sales by foreign investors, stock exchange data showed.
 Market                         Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*       384.98        387.75           -0.71
 Singapore                 3143.25        3123.75          +0.62
 Kuala Lumpur           1824.03       1834.97           -0.60
 Bangkok                   1277.03       1295.87           -1.45
 Jakarta                      4441.59       4390.77          +1.16
 Manila                       5958.12       5935.56          +0.38
 Ho Chi Minh               526.68         522.31          +0.84

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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.

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