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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  1 January 2014 


31 December 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 11.61 points higher or +0.37% to 3,164.90, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.07%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.30% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.43%. The top active stocks were DBS (+0.59%), SingTel (+0.83%), HanKore (+35.00%), UOB (+0.52%) and OCBC (unchanged).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+9.04 %). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (+2.84%) and Hyflux  (+1.30%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -1.59% with Biosensors International Group’s price declining -3.47% and Raffles Medical Group’s share price declining -0.96%. The FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index gained +0.57% and the FTSE ST Technology Index gained +0.21%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the Lyxor ETF Asia (+1.30%), IS MSCI India (-0.17%) and DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (+0.55%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+0.79%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged) and CapitaCommercial Trust (+1.75%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23600MBeCW140227 (+8.26%), HSI23200MBeCW140129 (+1.85%) and HSI23600MBePW140129 (-6.92%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were KepCorp BPeCW140702 (+8.33%), KepCorp MBeCW140203 (+15.25%) and UOB MB eCW140303 (-1.45%).

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 Singapore Stock Market
                                    Tuesday                       Monday
*ST Index             3,167.43  +14.14          3,153.29  +3.53
Volume:                     2,950.1M                  2,795.7M
Value:                      $1,219.4M                   $699.2M
Gainers/Losers:            206/163                    253/181


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
31 Dec 2013

The FBM KLCI index lost 5.56 points or 0.30% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.06% to 16955.6 points, the Properties Index up 0.15% to 1293.35 points and the Plantation Index down 0.06% to 8945.74 points. The market traded within a range of 19.68 points between an intra-day high of 1882.20 and a low of 1862.52 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include TMS, GLOTEC, TIGER-WB, TALAMT, TIGER, HUBLINE, XDL-WA, BENALEC, SOLUTN and CHHB. Trading volume increased to 1499.40 mil shares worth RM1672.76 mil as compared to Monday’s 1287.59 mil shares worth RM1267.00 mil.

Leading Movers were PBBANK (+12 sen to RM19.40), CIMB (+6 sen to RM7.62), DIGI (+4 sen to RM4.96), IHH (+3 sen to RM3.86) and UMW (+2 sen to RM12.06). Lagging Movers were PETDAG (-38 sen to RM31.44), HLBANK (-20 sen to RM14.40), TENAGA (-12 sen to RM11.38), SIME (-11 sen to RM9.52) and MAYBANK (-10 sen to RM9.94). Market breadth was positive with 416 gainers as compared to 388 losers.

The KLCI swung between gains and losses before finishing lower at 1866.96 points as investors chose to take profit in the last trading day of the year which saw the KLCI surged to an intraday high of 1882.2 points while the active trading also pushed the volume higher as compared to previous days of the week.


Trade Summary

Date As of:     Monday, December 30, 2013    

Description          Volume                          Value    Frequency
ETF                  21,500                    8,813,000               05
Stock     4,977,029,652     4,197,794,254,867        83,518
Right                251,001                       325,001              03
Warrant       19,039,000            1,393,602,500             480
Total       4,996,341,153    4,199,196,995,368         84,006


31 Dec 2013

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  rose 0.86 percent to close at 504.63 on Tuesday on the back of real estate and banking stocks, traders said.    
The real estate sector led the gains, with shares of HAGL advancing 1.49 percent and Vingroup  <VIC.HM>  gaining 1.45 percent.
Ho Chi Minh City-based Eximbank  ended up 1.63 percent, followed by two Hanoi-based lenders, Military Bank  with a 1.6-percent rise and Vietcombank  with a 1.52 percent gain.  

The VN Index of the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, Southeast Asia's best performer this year, has risen nearly 22 percent in 2013.
 Vietnam's markets are closed on Wednesday for the New Year holiday, and will reopen on Thursday.

                          VN Index       504.63              
                  PREV. CLOSE       500.35              
                     % CHANGE        0.86%              


Vietnam's 10 richest banking billionaires of 2013

 The Vietnamese stock market in 2013 has climbed more than 20 per cent. However, with the economy facing some problems, shares from the bank sector, in particular, faced quite a few difficulties. The prices of the shares of most listed bank declined in 2013. However, some individuals still made the list of top earners.

Here are the top 10 bank billionaires (in the Vietnamese dong) of the stock market.

1. Ocean Group (OGC) chairman Ha Van Tham

Tham's net worth reached VND1.5 trillion (US$70.7 million), making him the eighth richest person in the stock market.

He heads several subsidiaries of the Ocean Group, including OceanBank, Ocean Hospitality and Ocean Retail, while also being a member on the management board of Vinamilk (VNM), one of the stock market's blue chips.

2. Techcombank chairman Ho Hung Anh

As Techcombank is not listed on the stock exchange, Anh's assets cannot be accurately valued. But he holds 15.77 million shares of the private equity group Masan (MSN), one of the more resilient stocks in the market, which are worth over VND1.3 trillion ($61.3 million).

3. Sacombank's (STB) largest shareholder, Tran Phat Minh

The 54.9 million STB shares that Minh owns are currently valued at nearly VND930 billion ($43.8 million). In addition, Minh also holds 9.8 million shares of the unlisted Kien Long Bank.

Last year, he was the 11th richest person in the stock market, but this year, that spot has been grabbed by Kinh Bac Urban Development's chairman, Dang Thanh Tam. Minh, meanwhile, slips by two places.

4. Sacombank shareholder Tram Trong Ngan

Ngan has no management position in Sacombank, but his stake in the bank is worth VND925 billion ($43.6 million), making him the 15th top earner in the stock market.

Ngan, Southern Bank's standing vice chairman, is son of Sacombank's vice chairman, Tram Be.

5. Dang Ngoc Lan, wife of Asia Commercial Bank's (ACB) co-founder, Nguyen Duc Kien

Lan holds 38.5 million ACB shares worth VND600.8 billion ($28.3 million). She is on the VietBank's board of management.

6. Asia Commercial Bank co-founder Nguyen Duc Kien

Despite being in police custody due to serious financial fraud, which damaged $5.6 billion of the stock market in August last year, Kien is still the sixth richest person in the bank sector, with 35.17 million ACB shares valued at VND548.6 billion ($25.8 million).

Kien was arrested on August 21, 2012. Two weeks ago, the Supreme People's Procuracy of Viet Nam prosecuted Kien on four counts of "illegal business," "intentionally violating the State regulations on economic management causing serious consequences," "appropriation of property" and "tax evasion."

7. Asia Commercial Bank chairman Tran Hung Huy

Holding 28.77 million ACB shares worth VND449 billion ($21.2 million), Huy is the seventh richest man among banking giants.

Huy is the son of Tran Mong Hung, the founder of the bank. He was made chairman after Kien and other officials were arrested.

8. Sacombank board member Tram Khai Hoa

Hoa, the youngest son of Tram Be, is worth VND401.1 billion ($18.9 million). The 25-year-old billionaire is the youngest man to hold a senior position in a large Vietnamese bank.

9. Former vice chairwoman of Sacombank Huynh Que Ha

Ha's stake in Sacombank is worth VND285.2 billion ($13.45 million). Ha has worked for a long time at the bank and was vice chairwoman before she resigned in May last year.

10. Sacombank CEO Phan Huy Khang

Being CEO and a member of the board of Sacombank, Khang has 15.9 million STB shares, worth VND269.1 billion ($12.7 million).

Before becoming Sacombank's director, Khang spent nearly two decades working for Southern Bank


31 Dec 2013

Stocks in Singapore hit their highest in almost one month on Tuesday, ending 2013 nearly flat, amid active buying in shares such as Genting Singapore , while Malaysia retreated from a record high but marked its fifth straight annual rise.

Singapore's Straits Times Index  rose 0.45 percent to 3,167.43, the highest close since Dec. 3. It was up 0.01 percent on the year compared with last year's 19.7 percent gain.
Malaysia's main index  edged down 0.3 percent to 1,866.96 after climbing to a record close of 1,872.52 on Monday as investors booked profits in shares such as oil and gas services company SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd

The benchmark racked up 10.5 percent gain on the year, Southeast Asia's second-best performing bourse after Vietnam.

 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   rose 0.86 percent to close at 504.63 on the back of real estate and banking stocks. It rose for a second year in 2013, up 21.97 percent.

Stock markets in Southeast Asia will be closed on Jan. 1, reopening on Jan. 2.

 Market                      Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*    387.53        386.16       +0.35
 Singapore                3167.43       3153.29       +0.45
 Kuala Lumpur          1866.96       1872.52       -0.30
 Ho Chi Minh              504.63        500.35       +0.86
 Change on year
 Market                         Current     End prev yr    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*       387.53        424.10         -8.62
 Singapore                   3167.43       3167.08        +0.01
 Kuala Lumpur             1866.96      1688.95      +10.54
 Bangkok                              --       1391.93         -6.70
 Jakarta                                 --       4316.69         -0.98
 Manila                                  --       5812.73        +1.33
 Ho Chi Minh                 504.63        413.73      +21.97


Asia shares mostly higher in New Year Eve trading

Shares were mixed Tuesday in Asia, as early gains succumbed to selling pressure hours ahead of the year's final trading session.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.3 percent to close at 23,306.39 in a half-day session, buoyed by gains in mainland China-based banks and energy companies. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen also rebounded from early losses.

Elsewhere in Asia, share prices rose in Malaysia and Singapore but fell in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Markets were closed in Japan and other Asian markets for the New Year holiday.

The Tokyo benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index rose 0.7 percent Monday to end 2013 at its highest level in more than six years, having gained 56.7 percent in 2013 — the biggest annual gain in 41 years.

But other major markets were more cautious. Germany's DAX drifted 0.4 percent lower on its last trading day, to 9,552.16, leaving it shy of its record high hit last week.

The French and British markets, which will trade for a half day on Tuesday, also closed slightly lower, with the CAC-40 down 0.1 percent at 4,275.71, and the FTSE 100 down 0.3 percent at 6,731.27.

In the U.S., the Dow was flat at 16,483.88, while the S&P 500 was down 0.1 percent at 1,840.22.

This was a banner year for many markets, with the DAX up 25.5 percent, the CAC index up 17.4 percent and the FTSE 100 gaining 14 percent. But none matched the Nikkei, which soared on renewed confidence in the economy.

But Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index, burdened by rising concern over slowing growth in mainland China, gained just 2.8 percent this year, while the Shanghai Composite Index has fallen 7 percent.

In foreign exchange markets, the dollar was virtually unchanged at 104.93 Japanese yen, while the euro slipped 0.07 percent to $1.379.

The price of crude oil dipped back below $100, with the benchmark U.S. contract for February delivery unchanged at $99.29 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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