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08 January 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 21.32 points or 0.78% higher to 2751.23, taking the year-to-date performance to -4.56%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 2.60%, DBS, which gained 0.13%, Keppel Corp, which declined 0.34%, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.36% and CapitaLand, with a 0.64% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.31%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.47%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which rose 2.78%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Midas Holdings and NSL – ended 1.82% higher and 0.34% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 0.64%. Silverlake Axis shares remained unchanged and CSE Global declined 3.23%.

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

Sti Etf (+0.36%)

Spdr Gold Shares (+0.47%)

Dbxt Csi300 Etf 10 (+2.79%)

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

Ascendas Reit (+1.35%)

Capitacom Trust (unchanged)

Capitamall Trust (+0.52%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI20400MBePW160128 (-14.39%)

HSI22000MBeCW160226 (-5.46%)

CN11500MBeCW160428 (+17.31%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

KepCorp MBeCW161212 (-8.33%)

DBS MB eCW160705 (unchanged)

UOB MB eCW160704 (+3.45%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                           Friday                               Thursday
*ST Index              2,751.23  +21.32                   2,729.91  -74.36
Volume:                      1,427.1M                               1,311.2M
Value:                       $1,180.4M                             $1,571.5M
Gainers/Losers:            235/150                                   71/397


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
8 January 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.48 points or 0.15% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.11% to 13918.59 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.19% to 1171.58 points and the Plantation Index down 0.33% to 7626.19 points. The market traded within a range of 15.87 points between an intra-day high of 1664.53 and a low of 1648.66 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include GCB-WA, DPS, FBMKLCI-HK, SUPERMX-C8, INSTACO, DPS-WB, JTIASA-CD, TIGER, MTRONIC and AIRASIA. Trading volume decreased to 2073.64 mil shares worth RM1928.06 mil as compared to Thursday’s 3051.62 mil shares worth RM2270.79 mil.

Leading Movers were SKPETRO (+6 sen to RM1.85), YTL (+4 sen to RM1.55), GENM (+8 sen to RM4.18), PETDAG (+28 sen to RM24.00) and BAT (+60 sen to RM54.10). Lagging Movers were IOICORP (-3 sen to RM4.39), AMMB (-3 sen to RM4.43), TM (-4 sen to RM6.63), DIGI (-3 sen to RM5.17) and ASTRO (-1 sen to RM2.56). Market breadth was positive with 529 gainers as compared to 375 losers.

The KLCI ended the week with a positive note, closing slightly higher at 1657.61 points despite overnight losses in US market. The KLCI was mainly lifted by gains in SapuraKencana and YTL Corp.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     08 January 2016     
Description             Volume                           Value          Frequency
ETF                           34,400                  15,640,000                     16
Stock             3,120,663,304    5,177,518,780,435           198,000
Right                419,353,252            2,096,993,260                    17
Warrant               25,700,400               919,132,500               1,659
Total              3,565,751,356     5,180,550,546,195           199,692


Thai bourse launches investment service and learning hub at new head office

BANGKOK, January 8, 2016 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has rolled out the new head office in a Bangkok business district, highlighting the first investment discovery museum in Thailand called "INVESTORY" and the "Maruey Knowledge & Resources Center," the forefront financial digital library, as such becoming a new investment landmark while reinforcing a SET's role to enhance financial and investment knowledge among Thais.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said, "SET's new building started operating on  January 4, offering a complete range of investment services for investors, entrepreneurs and general public, while significantly creating an ideal investment learning hub, underlining SET's mission to lay a strong foundation of personal finance, savings and investment to benefit youth, working people up to  retirement age."

In addition, the bourse has kicked off INVESTORY, its unique investment  discovery museum with the state-of-art technology, offering inspiring and thought-provoking essence on financial discipline and wealth management, as well as exhibiting the story of Thai capital market development through digital multi-media, including games and simulation.

The new building also houses a new and vibrant look of Maruey Knowledge & Resource Center, a digital investment library for the Thai capital market with more than 20,000 media items in the total area of 842 square meters, providing self-service borrowing, digital bookshelves and digital content services for tablet and computer devices.

INVESTORY is open from 9.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Maruey  Knowledge & Resource Center is open daily from 8.30 a.m.-9.00 p.m. Location is at "B" floor of the SET building. For INVESTORY, free admission fee is offered from today until May 31, 2016.
Furthermore, SET aims to making this building an environmentally friendly  building showcase with the world-class design and construction in line with "Green" building" concept in accordance with the Leadership in the Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council, focusing on energy-efficiency and environmentally friendly features.

SET's new address is at 93 Ratchadaphisek road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400, easy to access via MRT (Thailand Cultural Centre station). To contact us, please call: +662 009 9000, fax: +662 009 9991, or call SET Contact Center: +662 009 9999.

SET "Towards the 5th Decade of Sustainable Wealth for Thais"

Trading Summary

As of 8 January 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                              Buy                 Sell                     Net
Institution                4,939.95       4,410.78               529.17
Proprietary               5,357.83       3,999.16            1,358.67
Foreign                    8,382.03        8,627.98              -245.95
Individual              18,241.50      19,883.39           -1,641.88
Total Trading Value     36,921.30 M.Baht


 Vietnam index hits 4-month low, led by banks    
 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended down nearly 1 percent on Friday, hitting a four-month low, with most stocks heading south in a robust trading session.
Banks led the decliners, including Vietcombank  VCB.HM , the country's top lender by market value, which eased 0.71 percent while BIDV  BID.HM  fell 2.59 percent on loan worries.
Trading volume was 143.2 million shares, compared with the five-day average of 119.9 million, while the index, Southeast  Asia's best performer last year, hit its lowest close since September, 2015.  
Vietnam's stock market has lost a combined 3.3 percent so far this year, in line with others in the region.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

                 VN Index     560.05            
         PREV. CLOSE     565.36            
            % CHANGE     -0.94%            
                HIGH     563.17            
                 LOW     556.36            


SE Asia Stocks-Most rebound on short covering ahead of U.S jobs data

Most Southeast Asian stock markets tracked a rebound in Asia on Friday, with Thai index climbing about 2 percent to trim losses on the week amid institutional buying as regional markets awaited the U.S. payrolls report for interest rate direction.  
The Thai index  .SETI  rose 1.6 percent on the day and fell 3.4 percent on the week. Domestic funds bought shares, while foreign investors continued selling for a fifth day in the new year worth a combined 8.4 billion baht ($232 million).  
Singapore  .STI , among worst hit share markets on the week amid turbulence in Chinese equities, ended up 0.8 percent, posting a weekly decline of almost 5 percent.
 Short covering helped the local bourse recover from its morning weak start, broker NRA Capital said in a report.
 "With the widely watched U.S. nonfarm payrolls expected later today, some short sellers began to close their positions," its report said.
Share markets in the region posted losses on the first week of the year, led by a 5.4 percent decline of the Philippines  .PSI , its biggest weekly fall since August 2013.
 Market                     Current       Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               2751.23         2729.91               +0.78
 Kuala Lumpur       1657.61         1655.13               +0.15
 Bangkok                1244.18          1224.83               +1.58
 Jakarta                    4546.29         4530.45               +0.35
 Manila                    6575.43         6618.88                -0.66
 Ho Chi Minh            560.05           565.36                 -0.94

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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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