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26 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -12.98 points lower or -0.38% to 3398.52, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.99%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.97% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.15%. The top active stocks were Keppel Corp (+0.74%), Keppel Land (+24.66%), SingTel (+0.50%), DBS (-1.14%) and UOB (-1.61%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+3.08%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+6.35%) and Geo Energy Resources (+2.44%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Financials Index, which declined -0.24% with DBS Group Holdings’ share price declining -1.14% and UOB’s share price declining -1.61%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (-0.62%), SPDR Gold Shares (-1.17%), DBXT MSCI Philippines ETF (+2.62%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+1.17%), CapitaMall Trust (-1.78%), Suntec REIT (-1.25%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (-3.21%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (-2.22%), HSI24200MBeCW150226 (-3.08%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were Ezion MBeCW151102 (-0.88%), KepCorp MBePW150603 (-3.66%), DBS MB eCW150602 (-13.76%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                  Monday                      Friday
*ST Index         3,398.52  -12.98     3,411.5  +41.21
Volume:                 1,413.5M                1,800.8M
Value:                  $1,480.2M              $1,574.8M
Gainers/Losers:      204/262                  324/167



Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
26 Jan 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.64 points or 0.37% on Monday. The Finance Index fell 0.52% to 15594.38 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.46% to 1304.41 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.02% to 7933.35 points. The market traded within a range of 8.41 points between an intra-day high of 1801.06 and a low of 1792.65 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include DAYA, KNM, SYSTECH, DNEX, DGSB, TAKASO, SUMATEC, ASIABIO, HUBLINE and PRIVA. Trading volume decreased to 1879.96 mil shares worth RM2133.41 mil as compared to Friday’s 2613.12 mil shares worth RM3134.48 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+7 sen to RM3.98), UMW (+18 sen to RM10.92), IHH (+5 sen to RM5.26), ASTRO (+1 sen to RM2.97) and AXIATA (+1 sen to RM7.22). Lagging Movers were PETCHEM (-16 sen to RM5.35), DIGI (-7 sen to RM6.36), GENTING (-9 sen to RM8.76), MAYBANK (-8 sen to RM8.92) and CIMB (-4 sen to RM5.46). Market breadth was negative with 312 gainers as compared to 559 losers.

The KLCI started the week on a negative note, closed lower at 1796.44 points amid the weaker performance in US market on last Friday. Market sentiment remained cautious following continued decline in oil prices to the lowest level in almost six years and heightening concerns over the Greek election results.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     26 January 2015    
Description                Volume                             Value          Frequency
ETF                              39,200                    21,167,700                  265
Stock              8,374,173,474     11,714,490,633,160          276,035
Warrant                38,161,300            11,094,537,300                  459
Total               8,412,373,974     11,725,606,338,160          276,759


Thai bourse attracts over 220 institutional investors on Thai Corporate Day 2015

BANGKOK, January 26, 2015 -The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and Maybank Kim  Eng Securities (Thailand) pcl today successfully organized the SET-Thai Corporate Day 2015 roadshow, under "Thailand, ASEAN's Gateway to GMS" theme.

This is the first inbound roadshow in 2015 for Thai listed companies to present their strength to global investors. The roadshow has gained interest from more than 220 institutional investors, consisting of 68 foreign investors. More than 925 meetings have been arranged with more than 50 Thai listed companies participated in this roadshow. Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi Srisuphan has also participated in the roadshow to highlight SET's role as Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Connector, in line with SET's 2015 commitment to be an investment hub of GMS's capital market.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that SET has successfully started off this  first roadshow with a phenomenal 220 institutional investors participated, of which 68 were foreign investors. It was significant that more than 50 Thai listed companies with businesses, investment, or branches in GMS, with combined market capitalization of 26 percent of the total market value, have joined. More than 925 meetings have been arranged to accommodate global investors with an access to investment products in the sub-region through Thailand, a fundraising center of GMS.

Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi Srisuphan stated, "Since the second half of  2014, Thai economy has recovered. The government has implemented many policies to boost consumer confidence, including Board of Investment's approval of many projects, speeding up government budget disbursement, and others. Therefore, Thai economy will continue to grow in 2015, as a result of inflation stability, foreign exchange reserves and low public debt. In addition, the government also plans to promote Thailand as a regional economics connector through the promotion of cross border trading, transportation and tele-communication linkage to support digital economy, as well as financial and capital market connection as seen on the recent fundraising on Thai bourse from company operated in Laos.

Maybank Kim Eng Securities (Thailand) Co-CEO Montree Sornpaisarn said, "The company was pleased to jointly organized the event this year with overwhelming success and positive results. At this starting point of 2015, the Thai capital market has outperformed with an increase of 2.5 percent after a fall at the end of 2015, reflecting investors' confidence on the strong fundamentals of Thai listed firms and Thai economic growth. In addition, consumer consumption, export and travel figures have improved compared to last year. Besides, the lower oil price allows people to spend more on other things. Moreover, the Thai baht stability, low inflation and interest rates are key factors to enhance the strength of Thai economy. As such, this roadshow is a great opportunity to highlight the potential of Thai listed companies to provide information to foreign investors worldwide, including those from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Europe and the United States. We also received positive response from those investors, especially towards Thai small and middle cap companies and companies listed on or operated in GMS countries, since GMS is a high potential and resourceful region."

The SET-Thai Corporate Day 2015: Thailand, ASEAN's Gateway to GMS" has been held from Jan 26 - 27 in Bangkok, as a part of SET's activities to offer investment opportunities in GMS to global investors to expand its foreign investors' base.

Trading Summary
As of   20 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                                Buy                   Sell                Net
 Institution             3,047.01           4,652.01     -1,605.00     
Proprietary            5,444.92           5,382.88            62.04     
Foreign                12,799.54         10,475.66      2,323.88     
Individual             36,458.05         37,238.96        -780.91     
Total Trading Value     57,749.52 M.Baht     


Vietnam index retreats 0.3 pct on profit taking

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   ended down 0.3 percent on Monday as investors took profits from some stocks' strong gains that brought the market
near a two-month high close last week.

PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's top firm by market value, fell 1.23 percent, and Hanoi-based Vietcombank , the country's biggest lender by capitalisation, lost 1.35 percent.
Volume fell by nearly a fourth on Monday from the previous session but was still above the five-day average level at 140 million shares, Reuters data showed, mostly thanks to large put-through deals in Eximbank.   
Share of the Ho Chi Minh City-based lender jumped 2.99 percent to 13,800 dong ($0.65) each, the highest close in more than nine months, on market talks of a potential merger deal in which the bank could be a party, analysts said.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close.
                           VN Index       580.64              
                  PREV. CLOSE       582.38              
                     % CHANGE       -0.30%              
                       HIGH       586.76              
                        LOW       580.64              


SE Asia Stocks -Most weaker; Indonesia retreats from record high

Southeast Asian stock markets mostly fell on Monday, with the Indonesian benchmark retreating from the previous session's record closing high amid
profit-taking, while shares of Thai Airways International   underperformed on the Bangkok bourse.
Jakarta's composite index closed down 1.2 percent at 5,260.02 from Friday's record closing high of 5,323.89. Selling hit recent gainers such as Bank Mandiri   and Unilever Indonesia.
 In Bangkok, shares of national carrier Thai Airways dropped  5.1 percent amid concerns about its finances, traders said.
 Thailand's military-led government has approved a  restructuring plan for Thai Airways in a bid to restore
profitability to the national carrier's operations, a senior  government official said on Monday.
The broader SET index   fell 0.6 percent, erasing early gains.

Shares of Bank of Ayudhya, which led the index higher in early trade, finished 13.8 percent lower after the bank denied a report about acquisition of additional BAY shares by major shareholder Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)  and delisting from the exchange.
Stocks in Singapore   and Malaysia  <ended lower after last week's rallies, with other markets trimming gains as global markets turned cautious after Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after its victory in a snap election.

 Market                   Current        Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore            3398.52            3411.50             -0.38
 Kuala Lumpur     1796.44             1803.08            -0.37
 Bangkok               1588.31            1598.33            -0.63
 Jakarta                  5260.02            5323.89            -1.20
 Manila                  7586.67            7548.93           +0.50
 Ho Chi Minh          580.64              582.38            -0.30
SE Asia Stocks -Most weaker; Indonesia retreats from record high

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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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