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15 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 21.68 points or 0.61% lower to 3517.73, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.37%.  For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 1.75%, Singtel, which gained 0.59%, UOB, which declined 0.83%, Genting Sing, which gained closed unchanged and OCBC Bank, with a 0.74% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.42%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.12%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.99%)

STI ETF (-0.85%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (-0.50%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (unchanged)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.49%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.76%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI32600MBeCW180427 (+0.84%)

HSI31200MBeCW180328 (+1.39%)

HSI32000MBeCW180328 (-1.39%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180808 (-17.24%)

SembMar MBeCW181217 (-5.00%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (-8.11%)

Singapore Stock Market
                              Thursday                      Wednesday
*ST Index         3,517.73-21.68              3,539.41-14.32
Volume:                 1,967.4M                      1,890.2M
Value:                  $1,299.4M                     $1,231.3M
Gainers/Losers:     184/220                            182/231


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
15 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index lost 11.79 points or 0.63% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.82% to 18016.86 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.66% to 1125.09 points and the Plantation Index down 0.22% to 8038.65 points. The market traded within a range of 8.85 points between an intra-day high of 1854.12 and a low of 1845.27 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SAPNRG, UMWOG, YFG, ASB, NWP, SUMATEC, SAPNRGC58, HUAAN, DAYA and QES. Trading volume increased to 2877.79 mil shares worth RM2469.46 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 2321.54 mil shares worth RM2063.39 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+8 sen to RM5.35), ASTRO (+2 sen to RM2.35), KLK (+18 sen to RM25.38), PETCHEM (+5 sen to RM8.15) and PETGAS (+10 sen to RM18.00). Lagging Movers were NESTLE (-1000 sen to RM131.00), AXIATA (-20 sen to RM5.20), HLBANK (-52 sen to RM18.78), RHBBANK (-14 sen to RM5.25) and MAXIS (-11 sen to RM5.64). Market breadth was negative with 411 gainers as compared to 514 losers.

The KLCI tumbled to 1845.27 points amid overnight retreat in US market. The performance of our local bourse was bogged down by selling interest in heavy weight counters led by Nestle.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     15 March 2018     
Description              Volume                             Value          Frequency
ETF                         243,200                   188,908,000                       42
Stock           12,362,843,809          8,452,306,988,691             367,558
Warrant              39,240,600               10,072,915,300                  1,390
Total            12,402,327,609          8,462,568,811,991              368,990


Trading Summary     
As of 15 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy              Sell              Net
Institution         6,942.28       7,473.58        -531.30
Proprietary       8,142.86        6,966.35      1,176.51
Foreign           21,543.97      20,470.16      1,073.81
Individual       24,781.12      26,500.13     -1,719.02
Total Trading Value     61,410.22 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Worries of U.S.-China trade spat weigh heavily

* Philippine shares drop 1.9 pct, most in Southeast Asia
    * Vietnam rises for fourth session to 11-yr closing high

    By Aaron Saldanha
March 15 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Thursday along with broader Asia as fears of a global trade war intensified on reports U.S. President Donald Trump would seek fresh tariffs on imports from China.
On Wednesday, a White House spokeswoman said the Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with  the United States by $100 billion, without specifying how it should be narrowed.  
The surplus-cutting goal may be met by increased purchases of U.S. products such as soybeans or aircraft, or if China makes major changes to its industrial policies, cuts subsidies to state-owned enterprises or further reduces steel and aluminium capacity.
The tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports will target the technology and telecommunications sectors, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said on Tuesday.  
The three major U.S. indexes declined by as much as 1 percent on Wednesday, while Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  dropped more than 0.1 percent on Thursday as investors moved to bonds.
In Southeast Asia, Philippine shares  .PSI  fell 1.9 percent to a more than three-month closing low, on broad-based losses.
"Philippine markets continued their slump as Wall Street posted sizable losses once more, with trade war concerns being  at the centre once again," said Luis Limlingan, managing director of brokerage firm Regina Capital Development Corp in Manila.
"Much of the protectionist concern stemmed not only from the actions taken so far, but the prospect of further action,
directed specifically at China (and potentially other parts of emerging Asia)."
The Sy family-controlled SM Investments Corp  SM.PS , SM Prime Holdings Inc  SMPH.PS  and BDO Unibank Inc  BDO.PS  were  the top drags. SM Investments fell 3.9 percent, SM Prime dropped 4.2 percent and BDO Unibank declined 3.1 percent.
Malaysian shares  fell 0.6 percent, weighed down by telecom and financial stocks. Axiata Group Bhd lost
3.7 percent.
Singapore  .STI  dropped 0.6 percent, hurt by losses in financials and industrials. Lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd
 DBSM.SI  slipped 1.8 percent.
Indonesian shares  declined 1 percent to their lowest close since early January, on weakness in financial and telecom stocks.
Telekomunikasi Indonesia  fell 3.2 percent, weighing the most on the index.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks lost 1.2 percent.
Thai shares  .SETI  closed higher in choppy trade, helped by materials and financials. Trading store chain operator Siam  Makro Pcl gained 3.9 percent.
Vietnam shares  eked out meagre gains to end higher for a fourth straight session. The index posted its highest
close in 11 years.  
Financials rose with Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam   gaining 6.9

 Market              Current     Previous close   Pct Move
 Singapore          3517.73          3539.41          -0.61
 Bangkok            1816.08          1813.4             0.15
 Manila               8190.01          8348.74          -1.90
 Jakarta               6321.904        6382.623        -0.95
 Kuala Lumpur   1845.27          1857.06          -0.63
 Ho Chi Minh     1138.76          1138.09            0.06

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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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