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03 January 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 18.21 points or 0.63% higher to 2898.97, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.56%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.12%, Singtel, which closed unchanged, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.67%, UOB, which gained 0.05% and Ascendas REIT, with a 2.20% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.60%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.29%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were:

STI ETF (+0.68%)

IS MSCI India (unchanged)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.62%)

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were:

Ascendas REIT (+2.20%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+0.68%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+2.12%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI23600UBeCW170427 (+8.82%)

HSI22400UBeCW170330 (+4.64%)

HSI22600MBeCW170227 (+7.48%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

UOB MB eCW170703 (+0.92%)

DBS MB eCW170710 (-8.11%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW171002 (+2.17%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                               Tuesday                         Friday
*ST Index       2,898.97+18.21            2,880.76-8.39
Volume:              1,757.2M                     1,414.5M
Value:                  $797.6M                       $820.1M
Gainers/Losers:    242/158                        243/169


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
3 Jan 2017

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.20 points or 0.38% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.53% to 14306.42 points, the Properties Index up 0.06% to 1128.34 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.54% to 7790.58 points. The market traded within a range of 6.89 points between an intra-day high of 1637.56 and a low of 1630.67 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SUMATEC, REACH-WA, PERISAI, HIBISCS, SUMATEC-WB, THHEAVY, EAH, BORNOIL, TRIVE and ARMADA. Trading volume increased to 1667.28 mil shares worth RM1069.52 mil as compared to Friday’s 1453.52 mil shares worth RM1761.76 mil.

Leading Movers were HLFG (+32 sen to RM14.54), WPRTS (+5 sen to RM4.35), SIME (+9 sen to RM8.19), IJM (+3 sen to RM3.23) and IOICORP (+3 sen to RM4.43). Lagging Movers were KLCC (-41 sen to RM7.89), AXIATA (-20 sen to RM4.52), MAYBANK (-19 sen to RM8.01), HLBANK (-20 sen to RM13.30) and GENTING (-10 sen to RM7.90). Market breadth was positive with 446 gainers as compared to 361 losers.

The KLCI ended lower at 1635.53 points on the first day of trading for 2017 amid overnight losses in US market. The performance of our benchmark index was dragged down by losses in heavyweight counters such as Axiata, Maybank and Hong Leong Bank Berhad.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     03 January 2017     
Description        Volume                               Value         Frequency
ETF                        9,500                       7,355,600                     07
Stock       5,905,361,597        4,608,280,475,965           174,696
Warrant         45,019,270                1,179,238,650                   641
Total        5,950,390,367         4,609,467,070,215           175,344


SE Asia Stocks-Vietnam rises over 1 pct; Philippines pares losses

Vietnam shares rose for a third straight session on Tuesday led by banking stocks while other markets in the region ushered in the new year on a lacklustre note.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  gained 1.1 percent with Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet Nam  VCB.HM  rising over 5 percent to its highest in two months while Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade  CTG.HM  hit its highest level in a month, rising 7 percent.
"I think it's the banking sector which seems to be really what's driving the index today and I think it's a little bit of
a catch-up rally," said Fiachra Mac Cana, head of research at Ho Chi Minh Securities.
Sentiment was also aided by positive factory data earlier in the day that showed new export orders jumped to their highest since 2011.  
Philippine shares  .PSI  pared losses to end the day in positive terrain, rising 0.3 percent, on some interest from  
foreign buyers.
"Mainly I think it is net foreign buying of almost 300 million pesos today, which is a reversal from the trend of the
past few weeks which saw significant net foreign selling," said Victor Felix, an analyst at AB Capital Securities.
Consumer stocks led the gains with conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc  JGS.PS  and Jollibee Foods Corp  JFC.PS  climbing over 3 percent each.
Singapore stocks  .STI  also recovered, ending the day up 0.6 percent after fourth-quarter gross domestic product beat
expectations, helped by a rebound in manufacturing.  
Industrials and real estate stocks led the gains with Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd  JARD.SI  adding 3.4 percent, its
highest in over two months while Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd  HKLD.SI  rose 2.8 percent.  
Indonesia  .JKSE  and Malaysia  .KLSE  ended their first day of trade in 2017 down 0.4 percent each, as factory activity in both countries contracted in December.  
Sentiment in Indonesia further soured as the finance ministry said on Tuesday that Indonesia's budget deficit in 2016
was 2.46 percent of gross domestic product, slightly bigger than forecast in the government's revised budget in June.
Thailand was closed for a holiday.
  Market                    Current       Previous Close  Pct Move
  Singapore              2898.97            2880.76           0.63
  Manila                   6861.31            6840.64           0.30
  Jakarta                   5275.971         5296.711         -0.39
  Kuala Lumpur      1635.53            1641.73          -0.38
  Ho Chi Minh           672.01              664.87            1.07

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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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