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Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
13 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.81 points or 0.15% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.24% to 18154.1 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.09% to 1136.68 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.21% to 8105.11 points. The market traded within a range of 10.34 points between an intra-day high of 1864.31 and a low of 1853.97 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include QES, SAPNRG, NEXGRAM, NWP, KBUNAI, EURO, IRETEX, PUC, IRETEX-WA and BJCORP. Trading volume decreased to 2290.21 mil shares worth RM2080.13 mil as compared to Monday’s 2468.31 mil shares worth RM2400.19 mil.

Leading Movers were NESTLE (+690 sen to RM157.40), AMMB (+12 sen to RM4.19), HLBANK (+34 sen to RM19.02), MISC (+10 sen to RM7.09) and HAPSENG (+12 sen to RM9.80). Lagging Movers were MAXIS (-9 sen to RM5.89), GENM (-7 sen to RM5.23), ASTRO (-2 sen to RM2.36), GENTING (-7 sen to RM8.92) and PMETAL (-2 sen to RM4.97). Market breadth was negative with 402 gainers as compared to 511 losers.

The KLCI inched up to 1864.03 points despite overnight mixed performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters led by Nestle.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     13 March 2018     
Description        Volume                           Value       Frequency
ETF                   820,602                   96,148,890                  43
Stock     11,727,683,393       8,878,956,439,279         389,755
Warrant      107,296,000            21,763,465,800              1,081
Total      11,835,799,995       8,900,816,053,969          390,879


Trading Summary     
As of 13 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy                Sell           Net
Institution          7,497.62       6,062.92       1,434.69
Proprietary       10,089.34      8,098.60        1,990.74
Foreign             24,939.57     25,281.23        -341.66
Individual         29,178.11     32,261.88      -3,083.77
Total Trading Value     71,704.63 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most rise; U.S. inflation data awaited

Most Southeast Asian stock markets recovered from early falls to close higher on Tuesday, in line
with broader Asia, but the gains were limited ahead of U.S. inflation data which could provide cues about the pace of
interest rate hikes in the world's largest economy.
February's consumer price inflation data is due later in the global day, and follows low wage growth numbers last week, which eased concerns about inflation and over a faster pace of rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.  
Investors are on the look out for Tuesday's U.S. inflation report as well as China's industrial output and retail sales
data for February due on Wednesday, said Fio Dejesus, an equity research analyst at RCBC Securities.  

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after spending much of the
day swerving in and out of negative territory.  
In Southeast Asia, Malaysian shares gained on financials and consumer staples. Public Bank Bhd rose
1.5 percent.
Singapore shares  .STI  rose 0.4 percent, helped by real estate and financial stocks.
DBS Group Holdings Ltd   gained 1.2 percent, while Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd  OCBC.SI  added 1 percent.
Thai shares  .SETI  climbed for a second consecutive session after declining for eight sessions through Friday. PTT Pcl  PTT.BK  was the biggest boost to the benchmark, with a rise of 1.4 percent.   
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  dropped 1.4 percent in broad-based losses. Telekomunikasi Indonesia  lost 2.6 percent.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks  fell 1.7 percent.    
Philippine shares  .PSI  fell, hurt by losses in real estate and financial stocks. BDO Unibank Inc  BDO.PS  declined 2.5 percent.
When the U.S. rate hike occurs, "international fund managers may be more risk averse, which would mean foreign selling. The typical proxy stocks are also the most heavily weighted (in the
benchmark)," said RCBC Securities' Dejesus.
"When names like Ayala Land, SM Investments Corp fall, then you would see the index go further in the red."       
  Market             Current      Previous close     Pct Move
  Singapore        3553.73          3540.19               0.38
  Bangkok          1809.9            1800.32               0.53
  Manila             8419.57          8453.5                -0.40
  Jakarta             6412.846        6500.686            -1.35
  Kuala Lumpur 1864.03          1861.22                0.15
 Ho Chi Minh    1133.31          1126.29                0.62

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