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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  11 July  2013 


The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +60.88 points higher or +1.91% higher to 3,248.92, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.58%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +2.04% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +1.19%.

The top active stocks were UOB (+3.88%), SingTel (+4.53%), DBS (+1.04%), OCBC Bk (+2.27%) and Mirach Ener (+14.67%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications which gained +4.12%.The two biggest stocks of the Telecommunications Index are Singapore Telecommunications (+4.53%) and StarHub (+1.21%). The underperforming sector, FTSE ST Health Care, gained +0.58%, with Biosensors International gaining +1.41% and Raffles Medical Group remaining unchanged. The FTSE ST Industrials Index gained +0.74%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were IS MSCI India 100 (+2.10%), LYXOR Hang Seng Index Fund 10 (+2.66%) and SPDR Gold Shares (+2.49%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendasreit (+4.09%), CapitaMall (+2.29%) and SuntecReit (+2.22%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI21200MBeCW130829 (+35.35%), HSI20200MBePW130829 (-34.38%) and HSI21200MBeCW130829 (-29.53%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW130910 (+14.95%), KepCorp MBeCW130902 (+12.50%) and OCBC Bk MBeCW131101 (+22.45%).

Singapore Stock Market
                              Thursday                     Wednesday
*ST Index      3,248.92  +60.88      3,188.04  +9.41
Volume:               2,051.1M                 1,908.5M
Value:                $1,532.3M                  $1,292M
Gainers/Losers:      352/106                  209/232


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
11 July 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 12.44 points or 0.70% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.41% to 16966.37 points, the Properties Index up 0.23% to 1375.33 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.54% to 8430.71 points. The market traded within a range of 5.31 points between an intra-day high of 1781.86 and a low of 1776.55 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include DVM-WA, CLIQ-WA, AAX, TENAGA, AXIATA, EASTLND, SKPETRO, SUMATEC, MAYBANK and TA. Trading volume decreased to 1208.50 mil shares worth RM1896.61 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1225.34 mil shares worth RM1704.08 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+108 sen to RM59.90), PETDAG (+34 sen to RM26.42), TENAGA (+25 sen to RM8.74), KLK (+20 sen to RM21.70) and HLBANK (+16 sen to RM14.14). Lagging Movers were RHBCAP (-3 sen to RM8.54) and TM (-2 sen to RM5.38). Market breadth was positive with 460 gainers as compared to 313 losers.

The KLCI rallied and finished at 1781.15 points. Local market sentiment was buoyant following the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the U.S. will continue to need stimulus. Similarly, the optimism on Fed’s stimulus had driven most of the Asian markets to end in positive territory today.

Thai bourse and asset management firms promote mutual funds
BANGKOK, July 11, 2013 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) continues to invite the public to invest in mutual funds, through its cooperating with the Association of Investment Management Companies (AIMC) and leading asset management companies, in the campaign "Let's Invest in Mutual Funds," which encourages Thais to more effectively manage their own finances through mutual funds. During the 10 years of collaboration, Thailand's mutual fund value has more than quadrupled to THB 2.78 trillion (approx. USD 92.70 billion).
AIMC Chairman Somjin Sornpaisarn said: "Nowadays, investing through mutual funds is an important alternative for Thais in managing their savings.  Its formats have continuously evolved to better meet the objectives and the demand of the public who needs more tools for savings or an efficient financial management.

As a result, mutual funds have increasingly been more popular among savers and investors.  Since 2003, when the project began, the total mutual fund value in Thailand has risen from THB 681.35 billion (approx. USD 22.71 billion) to THB 2.78 trillion (approx. USD 92.70 billion), as of June 2013.  This represents a 408% increase. Meanwhile, the number of mutual fund accounts has also surged more than 450% from 628,000 accounts to 3,554,000 accounts, and there are now over 1,400 funds available for investors to choose from. Investors have become more concerned about investment policies, closely follow news, monitor economic trends, and focus on fund allocation. The success in promoting mutual funds has driven us to push ahead with further developing mutual funds as an effective means for savings, investment and financial management for Thais."
SET Executive Vice President and Head of Markets Division Kesara Manchusree  said: "SET has been collaborating with parties involved in the capital market, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Capital Market Development Fund Foundation, AIMC and asset management companies, to continuously educate investors about mutual funds. This endeavor has offered investors a broader array of alternatives and opportunities for receiving high returns, while asset management companies have developed and launched new products to meet investors'  demands."
"Moreover, during the first six months of this year, investors have become increasingly interested in equity funds, apart from LTFs and RMFs, due to high returns and availability of asset management by professionals. The NAV of equity funds has increased from THB 572.35 billion (approx. USD 19.08 billion) last year to THB 651.732 billion (approx. USD 21.72 billion), as of June 28, 2013, up 13.86 percent. In addition, the net buy on the Thai bourse by local institutional investors amounted to as much as THB 69 billion (approx. USD 2.3 billion) of which over THB 54 billion (approx. USD 1.8 billion) was from mutual funds," Kesara added.
In 2013, SET, SEC, AIMC and 18 asset management companies will continue to  promote the campaign "Let's Invest in Mutual Funds" to the general public through all available media and activities. For further information on mutual fund investment and related activities, please visit
Trading Summary
As of 11 Jul 2013        Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy                Sell              Net
Institution           8,362.50       6,727.59     1,634.90     
Proprietary      10,187.32       7,139.76     3,047.57     
Foreign           13,977.97      11,543.81     2,434.16     
Individual        22,597.94     29,714.57     -7,116.63     
Total Trading Value              55,125.74 M.Baht     


Indonesia's main share index jumped 2.8 percent on Thursday, its best gain in almost two weeks, after the central bank surprised the market by raising its benchmark policy rate by 50 basis points to step up its battle to stem outflows and combat inflation.

Jakarta's Composite Index finished at 4,604.22, led by a 9.7 percent surge in Bank Mandiri, which was among oversold large caps in the market's recent sell-off.

Trade Summary  

Date As of:     11 July 2013    
Description             Volume                 Value        Frequency

ETF                        28,500               19,370,000             24
Stock          5,338,977,956   7,748,938,977,522    186,732
Right                  5,528,352             185,043,125            221
Warrant            146,588,500        9,507,167,000        4,487
Total             5,491,123,308  7,758,650,557,647    191,464

Vietnam's VN index finished almost flat with a gain of 0.01 percent at the close on Thursday, buoyed by some buying in big cap firms as liquidity in the market remained low.

Coffee company Vinacafe Bien Hoa surged 5.9 percent to 217,000 dong ($10.22) a share, on speculation of a possible buyout, traders said.  
Pharmaceuticals company DHG Pharma  rose 3.9 percent and the two biggest real estate firms Hoang Anh Gia Lai  and Vingroup  climbed 2.4 and 1.6 percent respectively.    

                       VN Index       484.47            
              PREV. CLOSE       484.43            
                 % CHANGE        0.01%            
                     HIGH       485.44            
                      LOW       482.11            


Southeast Asian stock markets rallied on Thursday, in line with broader Asia, as comments by U.S. Fed chief Ben Bernanke that monetary stimulus would still be needed for the foreseeable future revived appetite across the region.

Thai shares ended three sessions of losses to rise 4.2 percent while Indonesian stocks posted their best gain in almost two weeks as investors cheered Bank Indonesia's surprise interest rate hikes.    
Foreign investors bought Thai shares worth a net 2.4 billion baht ($76.74 million), Indonesian shares worth a net 71 billion rupiah ($7.12 million) and a net 159 million ringgit ($50 million) of Malaysian shares, stock exchange data showed.

 Market                              Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*             429.90          418.01       +2.85
 Singapore                         3248.92        3188.04       +1.91
 Kuala Lumpur                   1781.15        1768.71       +0.70
 Bangkok                           1447.04        1388.41       +4.22
 Jakarta                              4604.22        4478.64       +2.80
 Manila                               6407.36       6308.18        +1.57
 Ho Chi Minh                       484.47          484.43        +0.01


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