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14 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 14.32 points or 0.4% lower to 3539.41, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.01%. For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 0.17%, UOB, which declined 0.59%, Singtel, which declined 0.29%, COSCO SHP SG, which gained 15.73% and Genting Sing, with a 0.89% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.62%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.31%.

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

STI ETF (unchanged)

DBXT MSCI Thailand TRN ETF (+1.31%)

SPDR Gold Shares (+0.41%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+0.57%)

Ascendas REIT (-1.12%)

Mapletree Ind Tr (-0.49%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI32600MBeCW180427 (-7.75%)

HSI31200MBeCW180328 (-11.66%)

HSI29800MBePW180427 (+3.00%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180808 (+2.66%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (-2.63%)

KepCorp MBeCW180910 (-5.48%)

Singapore Stock Market
                       Wednesday                   Tuesday
*ST Index     3,539.41  -14.32       3,553.73  +13.54
Volume:              1,890.2M                 1,482.5M
Value:               $1,231.3M                $1,319.6M
Gainers/Losers:     182/231                   213/199


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
14 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.97 points or 0.37% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.06% to 18165.75 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.36% to 1132.55 points and the Plantation Index down 0.60% to 8056.42 points. The market traded within a range of 8.53 points between an intra-day high of 1863.67 and a low of 1855.14 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SAPNRG, AAX, NWP, DGB, SKH, DGB-WA, HIBISCS, PICORP, EASTLND and AAX-C11. Trading volume increased to 2321.54 mil shares worth RM2063.39 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2290.21 mil shares worth RM2080.13 mil.

Leading Movers were HLBANK (+28 sen to RM19.30), GENTING (+13 sen to RM9.05), GENM (+4 sen to RM5.27), RHBBANK (+4 sen to RM5.39) and PMETAL (+3 sen to RM5.00). Lagging Movers were NESTLE (-1640 sen to RM141.00), AMMB (-11 sen to RM4.08), TM (-2 sen to RM5.57), MAXIS (-14 sen to RM5.75) and YTL (-2 sen to RM1.44). Market breadth was negative with 332 gainers as compared to 635 losers.

The KLCI inched down to 1857.06 points amid overnight retreat in US market. Market sentiment was muted as lack of fresh lead.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     14 March 2018     
Description         Volume                            Value      Frequency
ETF                  1,215,900                 161,226,700                   87
Stock       12,080,148,718       7,461,078,148,742          379,651
Warrant        178,152,600            35,154,894,700              1,306
Total        12,259,517,218       7,496,394,270,142          381,044


Trading Summary     
As of 14 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy              Sell           Net
Institution       8,049.89       5,377.14       2,672.75
Proprietary      9,604.63       8,352.36      1,252.27
Foreign          30,799.78     26,801.00      3,998.78
Individual      29,766.89     37,690.69     -7,923.80
Total Trading Value     78,221.18 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most fall on renewed trade war fears

* Philippine shares lose the most in SE Asia
    * Vietnamese, Thai share close higher

    By Aaron Saldanha
March 14 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets declined on Wednesday on fears of a global trade war after the sudden dismissal of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and news that Washington is seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports.
Tillerson was seen as a moderate in President Donald Trump's administration and his departure is seen as a sign of
potential worsening of tariffs.
"The movement in regional markets is focused on the shakeup in the Trump administration... the second concern is trade wars after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium," said Lexter Azurin, a senior equity analyst at AB Capital.
"This would pose some concern in terms of the global economy in a broader sense."
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent, retreating from a 1-1/2-month high hit on Tuesday.     
In Southeast Asia, Philippine shares  .PSI  fell the most, with all sectors but one in red.
JG Summit Holdings Inc  dropped 4.5 percent and SM Investments Corp  fell 2.3 percent. These two weighed the most on the benchmark stock index.   
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  were down 0.5 percent, dragged by energy and consumer staples stocks. United Tractors   weighed the most on the index, dropping 4.3 percent.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks lost 0.5 percent.
Malaysian shares   fell 0.4 percent, largely due to losses in consumer staples and telecom stocks.
Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd  ended 10.4 percent lower after declining as much as 14.7 percent in its biggest intraday
percentage loss since December 2007.
Across the Johor Causeway, Singapore shares  .STI  slipped 0.4 percent on broad-based losses. Financials weighed heavily on the benchmark with United Overseas Bank Ltd  UOBH.SI  losing 0.6 percent.
"The story we see right now is a shift from emerging markets back to the U.S., given the improved U.S. economy. That is the gist of what is happening right now in equity markets," said AB Capital's Azurin.
Thai shares  .SETI  recovered from early falls to end 0.2 percent higher.
Consumer discretionaries and staples supported the index.

Trading store chain operator Siam Makro Pcl  MAKRO.BK  gained 6.8 percent.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  rose 0.4 percent, helped by financials and utilities. Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of
Viet Nam  VCB.HM  ended 2.5 percent higher.

  Market            Current    Previous close       Pct Move
  Singapore            3539.41       3553.73           -0.40
  Bangkok             1813.4          1809.9              0.19
  Manila                8348.74        8419.57           -0.84
  Jakarta                6382.623      6412.846         -0.47
  Kuala Lumpur    1857.06        1864.03           -0.37
 Ho Chi Minh       1138.09         1133.31            0.42

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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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