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21 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +20.44 points higher or +0.61% to 3354.46, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.32%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.50% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.54%. The top active stocks were DBS (+0.4%), SingTel (+0.51%), UOB (+0.56%), Genting Sing (+0.99%) and CapitaLand (+1.80%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+1.92%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (+0.31%) and Hyflux  (+3.23%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which gained +0.15% with Silverlake Axis’ share price gaining +0.41% and STATS ChipPAC’s share price unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+0.67%), IS MSCI India (+1.02%), DBXT CSI300 ETF (+3.57%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCom Trust (+3.54%), CapitaMall Trust (+1.39%), Suntec REIT (-0.25%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24200MBeCW150226 (+20.54%), HSI24600MBeCW150330 (+17.69%), HSI23400MBePW150226 (-25.32%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were SGX MB eCW150803 (+5.80%), NOL MB eCW160201 (+46.88%), DBS MB eCW150602 (-5.94%).

 Singapore Stock Market

                                    Wednesday                                 Tuesday
*ST Index             3,354.46  +20.44                   3,334.02  +26.32
Volume:                     1,999.1M                                  1,228.5M
Value:                      $1,105.7M                                    $949.7M
Gainers/Losers:          248/183                                     275/147


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
21 Jan 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 19.98 points or 1.14% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.30% to 15603.35 points, the Properties Index up 0.32% to 1301.94 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.92% to 7838.32 points. The market traded within a range of 18.63 points between an intra-day high of 1770.09 and a low of 1751.46 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include KNM, TMS, IRIS, SUMATEC, HSI-H4, SYSTECH, HUBLINE, GLOTEC, SANICHI and THHEAVY. Trading volume increased to 2161.63 mil shares worth RM2446.19 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2053.23 mil shares worth RM2022.32 mil.

Leading Movers were PPB (+120 sen to RM15.20), GENM (+19 sen to RM4.00), PETCHEM (+17 sen to RM5.11), HLFG (+54 sen to RM17.00) and MISC (+22 sen to RM7.80). Lagging Movers were RHBCAP (-8 sen to RM7.72), KLCC (-4 sen to RM6.76), MAYBANK (-5 sen to RM8.87), TM (-1 sen to RM6.69) and PBBANK (-2 sen to RM17.74). Market breadth was positive with 559 gainers as compared to 287 losers.

The KLCI soared to 1770.09 points, mainly led by the strong gains made by PPB Group and Genting Malaysia. Trading sentiment was positive after the development expenditure in the Revised Budget kept unchanged.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     21 January 2015    
Description              Volume                            Value       Frequency
Total              5,206,185,807    6,307,384,189,203         234,179
ETF                             10,500                    5,922,000                  47
Stock             5,165,560,007    6,302,053,148,203         233,501
Warrant               40,615,300            5,325,119,000                631


Trading Summary

As of   21 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                               Buy                 Sell                 Net
Institution             4,280.05         5,998.73         -1,718.68     
Proprietary           3,582.84         3,090.80              492.04     
Foreign                 9,700.24         8,886.85              813.39     
Individual            30,516.54       30,103.29              413.25     
Total Trading Value     48,079.67 M.Baht     


Vietnam index nears 2-wk low, banks lead falls

 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  closed down 0.54 percent to 569.12 points on Wednesday, with most banks losing ground and volume dropped in cautious sentiment.
Hanoi-based Vietcombank, Vietnam's top lender by market value, led the decliners with a 1.67-percent fall, while Eximbank    lost 3.1 percent and VietinBank  ticked down 1.95 percent.
Both Eximbank and VietinBank have been removed from the composition of the VN30 Index, which features the top 30 best performing companies, in the first review session of the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, the bourse announced on Tuesday.
Volume fell to 83 million shares, below the five-day average level of 95.5 million shares, after foreigners turned net sellers on Tuesday after their two buying sessions.
The index fell to its lowest since Jan. 8.
Gains in some other blue-chips cushioned the falls, including steelmaker Hoa Phat Group  <HPG.HM>  that advanced 0.94 percent. The firm has announced its estimated 2014 net profit jumped 62 percent from a year earlier to $150 million.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                           VN Index       569.12              
                  PREV. CLOSE       572.22              
                     % CHANGE       -0.54%              
                       HIGH       574.41              
                        LOW       569.12              

SE Asia Stocks-Most up amid ECB hopes; Malaysia at 7-week peak

Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed at their day's high on Wednesday as expectations of the European Central Bank's stimulus bolstered the prospect of foreign inflows, with airline stocks climbing amid a fall in energy prices.
Late buying boosted stocks in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, while Asian shares hit six-week highs as investors bet the European Central Bank would unveil a stimulus drive to boost the flagging euro zone economy.  
Kuala Lumpur composite index  rose 1.14 percent to close at its intraday high of 1,770.09. The index also ended at its lowest level since Dec. 2.
Singapore's Straits Times Index    finished at the day's high of 3,354.46, also a near three-week high.
Jakarta composite index  climbed almost 1 percent to a near two-week closing high of 5,215.27.
 Malaysia and Indonesia posted a net foreign inflows worth 71.97 million ringgit ($19.92 million) and 218.09 billion rupiah ($17.48 million), respectively, stock exchange and Thomson Reuters data showed.
Foreign investors were also net buyers of shares in the Philippines   and Thailand   worth a net 2.15 billion peso ($48.45 million) and 813 million baht ($24.95 million).
Among top percentage gainers in the region, shares of Singapore Airlines   jumped 3.7 percent and Thai Airways International   advanced 2.6 percent.

 Market                    Current      Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore             3354.46           3334.02          +0.61
 Kuala Lumpur       1770.09           1750.11          +1.14
 Bangkok                1537.36           1535.09          +0.15
 Jakarta                   5215.27           5166.09          +0.95
 Manila                   7474.10         7452.81          +0.29
 Ho Chi Minh           569.12            572.22           -0.54


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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
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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