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17 January 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 8.3 points or 0.23% lower to 3541.91, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.08%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 1.13%, Singtel, which declined 0.55%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.23%, ThaiBev, which declined 2.13% and UOB, with a 0.46% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.30%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.23%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.13%)

Lion-Phillip S-REIT (-0.09%)

DBXT S&P/Asx 200 ETF (+1.31%)

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

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.98%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.36%)

Suntec REIT (+0.92%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI31800MBeCW180227 (+0.65%)

HSI30200MBePW180328 (+11.49%)

HSI30600MBePW180227 (-3.08%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180416 (-13.49%)

UOB MB eCW180412 (-1.19%)

KepCorp MBeCW180910 (-4.39%)

Singapore Stock Market
                             Wednesday                 Tuesday
*ST Index         3,541.91  -8.3            3,550.21  +13.8
Volume:               2,118.9M                     2,118.7M
Value:                $1,415.9M                   $1,116.8M
Gainers/Losers:      198/256                       272/182


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
17 January 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.60 points or 0.14% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.32% to 17246.2 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.69% to 1224.35 points and the Plantation Index down 0.25% to 8075.23 points. The market traded within a range of 7.09 points between an intra-day high of 1828.63 and a low of 1821.54 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include NETX, SUMATEC, XINGHE, PERISAI, UMWOG, XINGHE-WA, GLOTEC, PUC, SAPNRG and PA-WB. Trading volume decreased to 4970.90 mil shares worth RM2790.92 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 6526.27 mil shares worth RM3371.13 mil.

Leading Movers were HLBANK (+58 sen to RM17.80), TM (+11 sen to RM6.11), GENM (+8 sen to RM5.57), GENTING (+13 sen to RM9.61) and RHBBANK (+7 sen to RM5.25). Lagging Movers were PETGAS (-42 sen to RM17.94), PMETAL (-12 sen to RM5.63), ASTRO (-5 sen to RM2.63), AMMB (-5 sen to RM4.75) and KLCC (-5 sen to RM7.90). Market breadth was negative with 321 gainers as compared to 678 losers.

The KLCI inched up to 1828.63 despite overnight retreat in US market. Market sentiment remained muted as lack of fresh lead.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     17 January 2018     
Description           Volume                         Value       Frequency
ETF                    599,200                 116,632,300                   55
Stock      11,534,188,676     10,129,600,283,990          446,986
Right        2,736,598,184               5,548,785,332                993
Warrant       499,299,000           103,381,047,900             2,697
Total       14,770,685,060      10,238,646,749,522         450,731


Trading Summary     
As of 17 January 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy             Sell               Net
Institution        6,554.92       9,305.33       -2,750.41
Proprietary      9,643.42       10,028.16        -384.74
Foreign          26,442.02       24,220.88      2,221.14
Individual      32,576.55       31,662.54         914.01
Total Trading Value     75,216.91 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Vietnam slides; Indonesia marks new closing high

Vietnamese stocks posted their biggest loss in well over a year on Wednesday and Indonesia marked a new closing high for a second session while others in the region were largely muted.  
Earlier in the day, Asian equities retreated from record highs as the region's resource shares were pummelled by falling oil and commodity prices.  
"The minor decline in Wall Street has spurred some selling pressure in regional markets," said Manny Cruz, an analyst at Asiasec Equities Inc.
The Vietnam index  .VNI  ended 2.7 percent lower, its biggest fall since November 2016, as investors locked in gains following weak oil prices.
Oil and gas shares have been leading the market recently, but after Brent fell overnight, investors decided to take profits before any other risks arose, said Nyugen The Minh, a research manager at Viet Capital Securities.
A high level of margin trading in blue-chips also triggered strong selling, Minh added.
Energy and utilities led the fall, with PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  down 3.5 percent while Vietnam National Petroleum  PLX.HM  slumped 5.3 percent.  
Vietnam's biggest corruption trial for years drew to a close as former PetroVietnam executives on trial used their final statement in court to apologise to the ruling Communist Party, media said.
Singapore  .STI  closed 0.2 percent lower, dragged by top lenders United Overseas Bank  UOBH.SI  and DBS Group  DBSM.SI ,  down 0.5 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.
The Philippine index  .PSI  snapped a three-session gaining streak as financials and real estate fell. Metropolitan Bank and Trust  MBT.PS  was the biggest loser, falling nearly 8 percent.  
Among the gainers, Indonesia  .JKSE  rose 0.2 percent to 6,444.51, buoyed by utility and material stocks.
Perusahaan Gas Negara  PGAS.JK  soared 25.5 percent to notch a six-month high while cement maker Semen Indonesia  SMGR.JK  
added 7.3 percent to close at levels not seen since August 2016.
Thai shares  .SETI  closed 0.4 percent higher on gains in real estate and energy stocks.  
Oil and gas firm PTT PCL  PTT.BK  ended 0.4 percent firmer while Land and Houses PCL  LH.BK  gained 7.2 percent.

  Market                 Current        Previous    Pct Move
  Singapore            3541.91        3550.21       -0.23
  Bangkok              1828.88        1821.83        0.39
  Manila                 8848.99        8865.13       -0.18
  Jakarta                 6444.51        6429.69         0.23
  Kuala Lumpur     1828.63        1826.03         0.14
 Ho Chi Minh        1034.69        1062.96        -2.66

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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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