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13 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -10.83 points lower or -0.32% to 3362.77, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.07%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.18% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.16%. The top active stocks were DBS (+0.21%), SingTel (+0.73%), UOB (-0.18%), OCBC Bank (-0.48%) and Noble (+2.15%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+1.67%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (unchanged) and Hyflux (-1.15%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index, which declined -1.43% with Wilmar International’s share price declining -1.23 % and Thai Beverage’s share price declining -3.33%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the STI ETF (-0.30%), Nikko Am Singapore STI ETF (+0.29%), iShares USD Asia HY Bond ETF (+0.19%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+2.42%), Ascendas REIT (+0.81%), CapitaCom Trust (-0.29%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23600MBePW150429 (-2.17%), HSI24400MBeCW150429 (-2.08%), HSI23800MBePW150330 (+12.90%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (+4.40%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-2.15%), SGX MB eCW150803 (-6.03%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                               Friday                              Thursday
*ST Index      3,362.77  -10.83                3,373.6  -4.99
Volume:             1,110.6M                             1,274.3M
Value:                  $910.3M                          $1,012.5M
Gainers/Losers:   215/192                              188/228


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
13 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 5.12 points or 0.29% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.07% to 15858.72 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.34% to 1308.55 points and the Plantation Index down 0.21% to 7770.79 points. The market traded within a range of 7.61 points between an intra-day high of 1789.36 and a low of 1781.75 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SUMATEC, GENETEC, NEXGRAM, WINTONI, MQTECH, DGSB, PDZ, SUMATEC-WB, RA and MEXTER. Trading volume increased to 2962.83 mil shares worth RM1823.21 mil as compared to Thursday’s 2948.39 mil shares worth RM2187.72 mil.

Leading Movers were KLCC (+11 sen to RM7.03), GENM (+5 sen to RM4.12), CIMB (+7 sen to RM5.92), MAXIS (+8 sen to RM7.15) and HLFG (+6 sen to RM17.00). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-7 sen to RM2.34), PPB (-30 sen to RM14.12), BAT (-130 sen to RM67.50), MISC (-14 sen to RM8.20) and GENTING (-12 sen to RM8.21). Market breadth was negative with 372 gainers as compared to 471 losers.

The KLCI ended the week with on a negative note, closing lower at 1781.75 points amid absence of fresh leads. Investors’ sentiment remained cautious following the decline of US retail sales in February.


Trading Summary

As of    13 March  2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                                   Buy                   Sell                     Net
Institution                       5,333.23       4,609.49              723.73     
Proprietary                    3,554.32       4,622.46          -1,068.13     
Foreign                           9,819.22       9,181.38              637.83     
Individual                     27,985.10     28,278.53             -293.43     
Total Trading Value     46,691.86 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends at 1-month low; energy stocks fall

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   ended down 0.4 percent on Friday, a one-month low, as investors sold shares of energy companies following a
parliamentary panel's decision to triple environment tax on oil products.
A National Assembly committee approved a Finance Ministry plan on March 10 to triple the environment tax on petrol and most oil products from May 1, the government said on Wednesday.  
The index closed at the session low of 586.10, its lowest since Feb. 12. Volumes rose 17.6 percent from Thursday to 97.28 million shares, above the five-day average of 94.07 million shares.
 PetroVietnam Gas, the country's largest listed firm, dropped 1.3 percent, PV Drilling   lost 1.8 percent and PV Trans   dipped 0.7 percent.     
Following is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close .

                   VN Index       586.10              
                PREV. CLOSE       588.53              
                   % CHANGE        -0.41              
                       HIGH       591.75              
                        LOW       586.10              

SE Asia Stocks-Fall on rate hike concerns ahead of U.S. Fed meet next week  

Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Friday as investors turned cautious ahead of a likely decision on U.S. interest rates at the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week, with the Thai benchmark snapping a two-day gain after a bout of late selling.
The Thai SET index  closed down 0.2 percent at 1,541.55 on Friday, posting its fourth straight weekly loss and the worst among regional peers. The index was down 1.7 percent on the week.  
Others ended the week lower as investors stayed on the defensive although an unexpected fall in U.S. retail sales in February helped temper prospects of an interest rate hike.
 Indonesia  dropped 1.6 percent on the week after five straight weeks of gains, with concerns over a falling rupiah  <IDR=>  denting market sentiment.
A Reuters poll showed Indonesia's central bank is expected to hold its key policy rate steady on Tuesday in the wake of the rupiah's slide to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly 17 years.
Singapore   posted a weekly decline of 1.6 percent. Malaysia    was down 1.4 percent on the week, followed by Vietnam's   1.3 percent fall and the Philippines'  0.7 percent loss.

 Market                     Current       Prev Close     Pct Move
 Singapore                3362.77          3373.60            -0.32
 Kuala Lumpur         1781.75          1786.87            -0.29
 Bangkok                  1541.55          1544.34            -0.18  
 Jakarta                     5426.77          5439.83            -0.25
 Manila                     7809.54          7839.82            -0.39
 Ho Chi Minh             586.10            588.53             -0.41

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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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