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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  21 January 2014 


21 January 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +4.97 points higher or +0.16% to 3133.76, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.98%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.45% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.47%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.23%), SingTel (+0.86%), UOB (-0.15%), HanKore (+6.36%) and OCBC (-0.10%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+3.15%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are Hyflux (+1.73%) and HanKore (+6.36%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -0.38% with Raffles Medical Group ’s share price declining -0.32% and Biosensors International Group’s share price declining -0.57%.The FTSE ST Basic Materials Index gained +2.04%.  The FTSE ST Financials Index declined -0.01%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (+1.08%), IS MSCI India (-0.17%), SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (+0.31%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+0.46%), CapitaMall Trust (+0.27%), Keppel REIT (+0.43%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22800MBeCW140227 (+10.62%), HSI23200MBePW140227 (-14.39%), HSI23600MBeCW140227 (+5.17%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140502 (+0.64%), DBS MB eCW140603 (+0.99%), KepCorp MBeCW140401 (unchanged).

Singapore Stock Market
                           Tuesday                   Monday
*ST Index     3,133.76  +4.97     3,128.79  -18.54
Volume:              3,303.7M                3,071M
Value:                  $955.6M              $830.2M
Gainers/Losers:     258/161                146/272


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
21 Jan 2014

The FBM KLCI index gained 8.49 points or 0.47% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.38% to 16685.86 points, the Properties Index up 0.06% to 1280.74 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.05% to 8484.08 points. The market traded within a range of 10.69 points between an intra-day high of 1816.94 and a low of 1806.25 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include KNM, BLOOSMO, KNM-WA, XDL-WA, ASIAPAC, DAYA, XDL, MINETEC, IRIS and SUMATEC. Trading volume increased to 1591.66 mil shares worth RM1847.41 mil as compared to Monday’s 1557.70 mil shares worth RM1732.81 mil.

Leading Movers were YTL (+6 sen to RM1.58), TENAGA (+10 sen to RM11.50), GENTING (+12 sen to RM10.20), PETCHEM (+9 sen to RM6.72) and MAYBANK (+5 sen to RM9.86). Lagging Movers were FGV (-3 sen to RM4.37), PETDAG (-14 sen to RM30.38), MAXIS (-1 sen to RM6.99) and HLBANK (-2 sen to RM14.14). Market breadth was positive with 419 gainers as compared to 357 losers.

The KLCI end 7.75 points higher at 1815.34, snapping its three-day losing streak. The gain in the benchmark index was in line with other Asian markets, amid the drop in China's money market rate after China Central Bank injected funds into their financial system.


Indonesia sells 15 trln rupiah of bonds, well above target, at lower yields

Indonesia's finance ministry raised 15 trillion rupiah ($1.24 billion) at a bond auction on Tuesday, well above an indicative target of 10 trillion rupiah.

The country sold all offered government securities, with yields for 1-year T-bills, 5- and 10-year bonds all lower than the previous auction on Jan. 7.

The yield for 1-year T-bills was 7.01260 percent, against 7.34775 percent. The yield on 5-year bonds  was 7.83358 percent, compared with 8.64861 percent.

The yield for 10-year bonds  was 8.43996 percent, compared with 9.18643 percent.

Indonesia aims to raise 78 trillion rupiah of conventional and sharia bonds in January-March. It has sold 25 trillion rupiah of bonds so far this year.

Indonesian shares up; property, plantation lead  

21 January 2014 13:35 (GMT/UTC+08:00) - Thomson Reuters

Indonesian shares  rose 0.36 percent by midday, in line with regional indexes and boosted by palm oil and property stocks.

The blue chip index  rose 0.31 percent to 750.8 on Tuesday. Property stocks  jumped 1.61 percent, while plantation sector  rose 0.91 percent.

Property stocks such as Bumi Serpong Damai , Alam Sutera Realty and Summarecon Agung  rose more than 2.7 percent each on higher-than-expected marketing sales.

"There would probably be no earnings surprise for full-year 2013. The indicated net profit is in-line with both our estimate and consensus. Whereas the marketing sales achievement stood 5.8 percent above our forecast," Trimegah Securities said in a note.

Palm oil producers such as Salim Ivomas and London Sumatera  rose more than 2.4 percent each.

"We think that CPO price uptrend will continue due to higher palm oil demand over its supply," said Hariyanto Wijaya, plantation analyst at Jakarta-based Mandiri Sekuritas, who rated the sector as "overweight".


Trading Summary

As of  21 January 2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                     Buy             Sell              Net        
Institution        2,847.94     1,503.06       1,344.88     
Proprietary      3,578.61     4,823.03     -1,244.42     
Foreign           8,043.52     9,007.60         -964.07     
Individual      12,629.76   11,766.14           863.62     
Total Trading Value     27,099.84 M.Baht     


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  closed up 1.13 percent on Tuesday, extending its winning streak to 13 sessions, boosted by foreign funds buying blue
chips, analysts said.

Shares in Baoviet Holdings , Vietnam's biggest insurer, climbed 6.79 percent to reach its seven-month high of 47,200 dong ($2.24) each.
Real estate firm Vingroup   rose 4.61 percent and Petrovietnam Drilling and Well Service  increased 6.47 percent.
 Although some investors took profit in the morning session, the strong buying demand from foreign funds boosted the index on Tuesday, said analyst Nguyen Hoai Nam at Maybank Kim Eng Securities.

 "Because of the unstable political situation in Thailand, some foreign funds are shifting their investment to Vietnam," Nam added.
 Foreign investors were net buyers of 22 million shares last week, the highest weekly level since the first week of February
2013, the exchange's data showed.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                      VN Index     559.91             
             PREV. CLOSE     553.67             
                % CHANGE      1.13%             
                  HIGH     560.18             
                   LOW     547.65             


Thai shares snapped two sessions of falls on Tuesday, helped by selective buying in large-caps such as Airports of Thailand   while Philippine stocks
rose to their highest in almost seven weeks amid a fall in the peso and on foreign buying.

The Thai SET index  closed up 0.2 percent at 1,293.10, coming off its day high of 1,304.28, amid expectations that the Bank of Thailand would cut its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, but caution about the political protests weighed.

The Philippine main index  extended gains for a fifth session, up 0.2 percent at 6,019.24, the highest since Dec. 5 last year, led by a 2.5 percent jump in shares of Philippine Long Distance Telephone , the country's biggest firm by market value.

The Philippine bourse said foreign investors bought shares worth a net 247 million peso ($5.47 million).

The Philippine peso   fell to a more-than-three-year low as investors continued to bet on further reductions in the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus.   

Stocks in Singapore, Malaysia   and Indonesia  posted modest gains in line with Asian stock markets, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
Stocks in Vietnam  pared earlier losses to close up 1.13 percent, boosted by foreign funds buying blue-chips.

 Market                           Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*         384.37         383.93             +0.11
 Singapore                      3133.76       3128.79             +0.16
 Kuala Lumpur               1815.34       1807.59             +0.43
 Bangkok                       1293.10       1289.99             +0.24
 Jakarta                          4452.50       4431.57             +0.47
 Manila                           6019.24       6005.60             +0.23
 Ho Chi Minh                    559.91        553.67             +1.13

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