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22 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +15.83 points higher or +0.47% to 3370.29, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.15%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.76% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +1.11%. The top active stocks were DBS (unchanged), SingTel (unchanged), UOB (+0.64%), Noble (+7.11%) and Global Logistic (+2.41%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index (+1.71%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index are Keppel Corp (unchanged) and Sembcorp Industries  (+2.87%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -1.50% with Raffles Medical Group’s share price gaining +0.26% and Biosensors International Group’s share price declining -4.29%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (unchanged), STI ETF (+1.18%), SPDR Gold Shares (-1.03%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+0.91%), CapitaCom Trust (+0.26%), Suntec REIT (+0.25%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24200MBeCW150226 (+17.78%), HSI24600MBeCW150330 (+11.77%), HSI23400MBePW150226 (-23.73%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were SGX MB eCW150803 (+4.11%), DBS MB eCW150602 (+4.21%), Ezion MBeCW151102 (+18.28%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                      Thursday                               Wednesday
*ST Index             3,370.29  +15.83                  3,354.46  +20.44
Volume:                        1,645M                                1,999.1M
Value:                      $1,291.6M                              $1,105.7M
Gainers/Losers:         295/146                                   248/183


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:     22 January 2015    
Description              Volume                           Value         Frequency
Total              8,895,783,846     8,271,966,416,535         284,128
ETF                            18,500                   11,260,200                158
Stock            8,841,470,146      8,259,674,341,735        283,371
Warrant              54,295,200           12,280,814,600                599


Thai bourse teams up with alliances to enhance Thailand's sustainable investment

Bangkok, January 22, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has joined forces with its alliances consisting of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Association of Investment Management Companies, Association of Thai Securities Companies, The Thai Institute of Directors Association, Thai Listed Companies Association and Khon Thai Foundation, to enhance Thailand's sustainable investment. As such, this year SET will announce a list of Thai companies with prime performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects, making known to investors in the region and worldwide.

SET Chairman Sathit Limpongpan stated, "Today global capital markets are moving  on the road to sustainability. SET has pledged commitment to the promotion of sustainability within the Thai capital market as we are the first capital market in ASEAN joining the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE). SET has continuously been committed to supporting listed companies to realize the importance of sustainable development, not only focusing on business perspective, but also on ESG and stakeholders. These factors are vital to the companies' operation and performance on competitiveness and sustainability, resulting in better returns for long-term investors. Therefore, this year SET, in collaboration with the six key capital market organizations, will announce and publicize the companies among regional and international investors, to be used as investment decision-making tools. The next steps will be the development towards creating Thailand's sustainability index."

This year the Thailand's sustainable investment development will be implemented  via the selection of companies based on the evaluation of environmental, social and corporate governance (as part of economic) performances. The working committee is comprised of executives from SET and the six alliances. The list will be reviewed on an annual basis.

"The evaluation has been designed in line with the guidelines of the Dow Jones  Sustainability Index (DJSI) which is one of the most recognized sustainability indices. It will be adjusted to suit the Thai context of economic, culture and society. At this initial stage, all the companies will be evaluated in one group, not categorizing into each industry. Later on when the listed companies get familiarized with the mechanism and better prepared, it will be more advanced, matching the international standard. Thai listed firms will be encouraged, not forced, to follow the procedures step by step. We do not intend to burden listed companies. However, our long-term goal is to internationalize Thai listed companies to go global together," added Sathit.
Trading Summary

As of   22 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy                   Sell                 Net
Institution           8,632.78          5,200.59     3,432.19     
Proprietary         5,499.88          4,267.52     1,232.36     
Foreign             13,319.57        11,930.21     1,389.36     
Individual          38,353.27        44,407.18    -6,053.91     
Total Trading Value     65,805.50 M.Baht     


Vietnam index rallies 0.95 pct, banks lead  

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  jumped 0.95 percent to close at 574.54 points on Thursday, with banks advancing strongly on market talks that the
government may delay a circular capping lenders' loans for stock investment.
All banks advanced, led by BIDV   with a 6.37-percent jump in a 10-month high volume, followed by Vietcombank , the top lender in terms of market value, that increased 2.26 percent.
 Hanoi-based VietinBank   jumped 6.62 percent to a nine-month high close in a strong volume, and other blue chips also lend support, including PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's top firm by capitalisation.
Analysts said banks rose on market talks that the government may delay a rule, which will cap banks' loans for stock investment at 5 percent of a bank's registered capital and will tighten requirements for banks in various operations.
The circular, which experts said has been affecting inflows into Vietnamese shares, will be effective from Feb. 1.
 A surge in banks could help pick up sentiment and attract inflows into equities, which have been moving marginally since the beginning of the week in low trade amid a lack of supportive news and cautious sentiment, analysts said.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                   VN Index       574.54              
          PREV. CLOSE       569.12              
             % CHANGE        0.95%              
                 HIGH       576.48              
                  LOW       567.82              


SE Asia Stocks-Thai index near 7-week high; Metrobank shares drag Philippine  

Thai key index hit a near seven-week high on Thursday, buoyed by late buying and short covering in energy shares, while other Southeast Asian stock
markets mostly extended their gains amid selective buying as listed firms release earnings.
The SET index   climbed 1.5 percent to 1,575.55, the highest close since Dec. 8, as investors covered their short positions in beaten-down large cap energy stocks such as PTT and PTT Exploration and Production.
 Stocks in Singapore   and Indonesia  rose for a fourth day, while Malaysia  posted a second straight gain and Vietnam   rebounded from Wednesday's fall.
 Asian shares  held near eight-week highs and European shares were at a seven-year high as the European Central Bank prepared to take the plunge into full-scale quantitative easing.
In Kuala Lumpur, shares of Tenaga Nasional Bhd ended up 0.14 percent before the country's largest power firm reported a net profit rise for the first quarter ended November mainly on higher charges and sales of electricity.

Bucking the trend, the Philippine main index retreated, led down by a 2.9 percent drop in shares of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. The bank said it was seeking to raise up to 32 billion pesos ($721 million) through a rights offer.
 Market                     Current         Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore               3370.29             3354.46            +0.47
 Kuala Lumpur        1781.75             1770.09            +0.66
 Bangkok                 1560.34             1537.36             +1.49
 Jakarta                    5253.18              5215.27            +0.73
 Manila                    7416.31              7474.10             -0.77
 Ho Chi Minh           574.54                 569.12            +0.95

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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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