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16 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -38.16 points lower or -1.14% to 3300.68, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.92%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.37% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.42%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.90%), Keppel Corp (-0.86%), CapitaLand (-0.31%), UOB (-1.54%) and SingTel (-0.77%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+3.09%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+6.78%) and Geo Energy Resources (-2.38%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index, which declined -2.46% with Wilmar International’s share price declining -0.94% and Thai Beverage’s share price declining -5.48%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+2.36%), IS MSCI India (+0.39%), STI ETF (-1.18%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+1.40%), Ascendas REIT (-0.41%), CapitaCom Trust (+0.55%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24600MBeCW150330 (-5.06%), HSI24200MBeCW150226 (-13.29%), HSI24000MBeCW150129 (-20.69%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB ePW150402 (+8.25%), SGX MB eCW150803 (-6.16%), DBS MB eCW150602 (-8.00%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                       Friday                           Thursday
*ST Index              3,300.68  -38.16          3,338.84  +12.68
Volume:                   1,765.1M                         1,283.2M
Value:                     $1,388.8M                      $1,063.5M
Gainers/Losers:        141/304                           223/218


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
16 Jan 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.43 points or 0.08% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.17% to 15366.83 points, the Properties Index up 0.03% to 1286.28 points and the Plantation Index down 0.40% to 7776.16 points. The market traded within a range of 13.89 points between an intra-day high of 1746.24 and a low of 1732.35 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MINETEC, SYSTECH, IFCAMSC, HUBLINE, MSPORTS-WA, IFCAMSC-WA, SKPETRO, ASIABIO, INGENCO and YGL. Trading volume decreased to 1786.19 mil shares worth RM1882.21 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1934.46 mil shares worth RM2297.03 mil.

Leading Movers were SKPETRO (+6 sen to RM2.50), PPB (+28 sen to RM14.30), GENM (+6 sen to RM3.85), IHH (+5 sen to RM4.88) and DIGI (+5 sen to RM6.20). Lagging Movers were MISC (-13 sen to RM7.57), PETGAS (-30 sen to RM21.40), PETCHEM (-7 sen to RM5.05), GENTING (-9 sen to RM8.30) and CIMB (-6 sen to RM5.85). Market breadth was negative with 366 gainers as compared to 426 losers.

The KLCI ended 1.43 points lower at 1743.57, weighed down by selling in Petronas-linked and banking counters. Investors’ risk appetite were dampened by the weak lead from overnight US market due to drop in crop price and the surprise move of Swiss National Bank scrapping its three-year policy of capping the Swiss franc against the euro.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     16 January 2015    
Description                Volume                         Value        Frequency
ETF                                1,700                       995,100                   13
Stock              5,302,707,871    5,667,743,854,960         245,914
Right                         274,800               120,719,700                    35
Warrant                20,068,400            3,853,276,100                 516
Total                5,323,052,771    5,671,718,845,860         246,478


Trading Summary

As of   16 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                              Buy                   Sell                 Net
Institution               2,957.90           1,846.29      1,111.61     
Proprietary             2,789.46           3,446.56        -657.11     
Foreign                   8,947.68         10,684.90     -1,737.22     
Individual              22,329.67         21,046.95      1,282.72     
Total Trading Value     37,024.71 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends down 0.5 pct, GAS leads

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   closed down 0.51 percent on Friday, as PetroVietNam Gas  led the losses amid range-bound movements in most other blue chips.
 GAS shares, Vietnam's largest firm that accounts for a fifth of the market value, lost 1.27 percent to close at 77,500 dong ($3.63) each.
The stock has hovered around the current level for four sessions after the firm's share re-purchase plan at a maximum 100,000 dong each lifted appetite despite falling global oil prices.
Other big-caps moved mixed, with top insurer Baoviet Holdings  advancing 2.94 percent while Hanoi-based Vietcombank , the top lender by market value, lost 1.36 percent.
Volume dipped slightly from the previous sessions to 107 million shares, while most analysts said the index may move marginally next week ahead of further strong gains expected in the first quarter.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                         VN Index       574.81              
                PREV. CLOSE       577.74              
                   % CHANGE       -0.51%              
                       HIGH       578.51              
                        LOW       574.08              


SE Asia Stocks - Weak amid outflows, Singapore worst drop in almost two weeks  

Singapore shares suffered the worst drop in almost two weeks on Friday amid a rise in the Singapore dollar and volatility in the foreign exchange market while late bargain hunting helped other markets in Southeast Asia trim some early losses.
The benchmark Straits Times Index    fell 1.14 percent to 3,300.68, the lowest close since Jan. 7, ending the week 1.1 percent lower.
The Singapore dollar   edged higher in a reflection of what analysts said were traders being forced to shift their positions and strategies, after Switzerland's unexpected move to abandon its cap on the franc jolted financial markets.
Shares of DBS Group Holdings Ltd , United Overseas Bank Ltd   and Noble Group Ltd    were among actively traded in terms of turnover.
Analysts said the Swiss Bank's move appeared to foretell  that next week the European Central Bank's meeting could announce some big quantitative easing measures, broker NRA Capital said in a report.  

Fund flows were broadly weak, with Malaysia reporting a net foreign selling of 371 million ringgit ($104 million), with Thailand's a net 1.7 billion baht  ($52 million) outflow and  Indonesia's 333.4 billion rupiah ($27 million) outflow, stock exchange and Thomson Reuters data showed.  
 Bangkok's SET index   finished down 0.4 percent at 1,517.74, slightly coming off a day low of 1,514.83. It slipped 0.8 percent on the week, after a 2.1 percent gain a week earlier.
Thai energy firm PTT shares   gained 0.9 percent while Malaysia's oil and gas firm Sapurakencana Petroleum   jumped 2.5 percent after Brent crude oil futures rose above $49 a barrel on Friday as the IEA said the tide of recent price slumps may turn.  

The region had a mixed performance on the week, with Malaysia   and Vietnam   posting a weekly gain of 0.6 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively, while Indonesia  was down 1.3 percent.

 Market                  Current     Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore            3300.68          3338.84            -1.14
 Kuala Lumpur     1743.57          1745.00            -0.08
 Bangkok              1517.74          1523.38            -0.37
 Jakarta                5 148.38          5188.71            -0.78
 Ho Chi Minh         574.81            577.74            -0.51

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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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