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11 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -19.67 points lower or -0.58% to 3378.59, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.40%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.80% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.76%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-0.24%), Noble (-1.60%), DBS (-0.66%), UOB (-0.70%) and Keppel Corp (unchanged).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+0.12%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (unchanged) and Hyflux  (+0.58%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which declined -2.11% with Silverlake Axis’ share price declining -2.40% and STATS ChipPAC’s share price declining -1.01%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT IBOXX Singapore ETF (-1.31%), SPDR Gold Shares (+0.28%), DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (unchanged).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Suntec REIT (-3.18%), CapitaCom Trust (-1.15%), CapitaMall Trust (-0.48%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150429 (-17.33%), HSI23800MBePW150330 (+23.26%), HSI24400MBeCW150429 (-16.51%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (-14.04%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-8.74%), SGX MB eCW150803 (-2.46%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                  Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index          3,378.59  -19.67        3,398.26  -6.31
Volume:                  1,357.8M                  1,166.5M
Value:                       $1,215M                $1,180.7M
Gainers/Losers:       114/309                     174/250


Trade Summary
Date As of:     11 March 2015    
Description                        Volume                           Value             Frequency
Total                        6,770,803,441    7,391,021,212,327              263,716
ETF                                      34,400                  22,710,100                      331
Stock                      6,755,131,809     7,390,453,312,247              262,821
Warrant                        15,637,232                545,189,980                     564


Trading Summary

As of    11 March  2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                               Buy                    Sell                    Net
Institution                 6,905.22       6,541.53                363.69     
Proprietary               4,918.12       5,812.14               -894.02     
Foreign                   10,561.00     12,361.00           -1,799.99     
Individual                31,449.76     29,119.44             2,330.32     
Total Trading Value       53,834.11 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends down 0.5 pct, energy stocks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index    closed down 0.53 percent as most blue-chips lost ground, led by PetroVietnam Gas  and other energy companies after parliament approved a plan to triple the environment tax on oil products.
PetroVietnam Gas, the country's biggest listed firm, fell 1.27 percent, while Petrovietnam Transportation Corp  dipped 1.4 percent and Petrovietnam Fertiliser and Chemicals Corp    slipped 0.96 percent.
 A National Assembly committee has approved a plan to triple the environment tax on petrol and most of oil products from May 1, the government said in a statement.
Bank shares, which had helped prevent a steep fall in the morning session, also headed south, including Vietcombank   , which fell 0.82 percent and Eximbank    that dropped 0.75 percent.  
 Investors should start buying when the index retreats towards the support level of 580-584 points, BIDV Securities said in a note to clients.
Volume stood at 86.31 million shares on Wednesday, below the five-day average of 105.27 million.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at the close

                         VN Index       586.54              
                PREV. CLOSE       589.66              
                   % CHANGE       -0.53%              
                       HIGH       590.56              
                        LOW       586.49              


SE Asia Stocks - Thai index snaps losses after surprise rate cut

Thai shares snapped two days of losses on Wednesday after the central bank unexpectedly cut a policy interest rate to help lift the domestic economy while others in Southeast Asia fell amid worries about an earlier U.S. interest rate hike.
The Bank of Thailand's decision to cut its benchmark one-day repurchase rate   by 25 basis points to 1.75 percent came during the midday break and helped lure buyers back in the afternoon session.  
The key SET index  ended up 0.8 percent, recovering from a loss in early trade.
The lower interest rate also sent the baht   to a near two-month low.
 "It's positive for the stock market. The central bank's view on the economy is not encouraging but the market took the rate cut as a compensation for weaker growth," said senior analyst Pichai Lertsupongkij of Thanachart Securities.
 In Indonesia, the weaker rupiah   further hit sentiment. The Jakarta composite index  ended down 0.8 percent at 5,419.57, the lowest close in more than two weeks.  
The weakening rupiah is posing a threat to foreign investors' unhedged positions, said Norico Gaman, head of research at BNI Securities in Jakarta. The currency hit a fresh 17-year low on Wednesday.
"After the index rose to its all-time high above 5,500 level, investors are cashing in their profits especially when the rupiah continues to weaken," Gaman said.
 Asian stocks skidded to a two-month low on Wednesday as nervous markets recoiled on worries about an earlier U.S. interest rate hike, a prospect that sent the dollar to a 12-year high against the euro.


 Market                     Current     Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               3378.59         3398.26               -0.58
 Kuala Lumpur        1778.16         1789.73               -0.65
 Bangkok                 1543.84         1531.04              +0.84
 Jakarta                    5419.57         5462.93               -0.79
 Manila                    7790.70         7828.48               -0.48
 Ho Chi Minh            586.54           589.66               -0.53

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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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