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16 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 5.59 points or 0.16% lower to 3512.14, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.21%.  For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which gained 2.05%, DBS, which declined 1.26%, UOB, which declined 1.51%, Venture, which gained 2.93% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.97% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.55%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 2.07%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (+0.77%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (-1.93%)

Lyxor ETF MSCI Emerging Mkt 10 (-1.61%)

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

Suntec REIT (unchanged)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+1.69%)

Mapletree Ind Tr (-0.50%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI30800MBePW180427 (unchanged)

HSI29800MBePW180427 (+1.01%)

HSI32600MBeCW180427 (-5.00%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180808 (-11.46%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (-12.75%)
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Singapore Stock Market
                                  Friday               Thursday
*ST Index     3,512.14  -5.59     3,517.73  -21.68
Volume:               1,803.4M               1,967.4M
Value:                $1,612.9M             $1,299.4M
Gainers/Losers:     184/248                 184/220


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
16 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.12 points or 0.06% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.12% to 18038.18 points, the Properties Index up 0.63% to 1132.13 points and the Plantation Index down 1.02% to 7956.5 points. The market traded within a range of 13.35 points between an intra-day high of 1851.75 and a low of 1838.40 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SAPNRG, SAPNRGC58, SUMATEC, NEXGRAM, SKH, MAHSING, UMWOG, KPJ, ASB and CMMT. Trading volume decreased to 2875.52 mil shares worth RM4255.52 mil as compared to Thursday’s 2877.79 mil shares worth RM2469.46 mil.

Leading Movers were SIME (+8 sen to RM2.70), MISC (+18 sen to RM7.21), AXIATA (+12 sen to RM5.32), MAXIS (+13 sen to RM5.77) and RHBBANK (+12 sen to RM5.37). Lagging Movers were IOICORP (-18 sen to RM4.58), KLCC (-20 sen to RM7.60), DIGI (-11 sen to RM4.54), YTL (-3 sen to RM1.41) and GENM (-11 sen to RM5.24). Market breadth was negative with 382 gainers as compared to 504 losers.

The KLCI closed flat with 1.12 points higher at 1846.39 points amid overnight mixed performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse remained muted as lack of fresh catalyst.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     16 March 2018     
Description              Volume                              Value       Frequency
ETF                        379,600                       57,365,100                    43
Stock          10,108,300,519         11,735,761,630,880           316,392
Warrant            117,651,200                23,555,414,100               1,711
Total            10,226,331,319         11,759,374,410,080          318,146


SET News 21/2018
March 16, 2018

SET teams up with Thai Listed Companies Association, National Innovation Agency to enhance listed firms' innovation

BANGKOK, March 16, 2018 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), jointly with Thai Listed Companies Association (TLCA), and the Ministry of Science and Technology's National Innovation Agency (NIA, a public organization), has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance listed companies'
innovation capabilities in making use of organizational innovation management toward sustainable growth.

SET President Kesara Manchusree stated that innovation plays a vital role in driving business, starting from strategic planning to improvement of working concept and process for efficiency. Realizing the importance of the issue, SET has enhanced innovation not only internally but also extending to the capital market and business sector. Today marks a significant step and initiative as SET has signed the MoU for five-year period (2018-2023) with TLCA and NIA to jointly promote understanding in organizational innovation management among listed firms to raise potential and upgrade innovation capabilities, as well as to encourage them to conduct innovation report.

TLCA Chairperson Oranuch Apisaksirikul said that innovation is an essential factor to help develop and add value to products and services amid the highly competitive digital age. The association is well prepared to promote this via public relations while boosting members for sustainable business growth.

NIA Director Pun-Arj Chairatana said that the NIA Academy is inaugurated today, March 16, 2018, to be an institution that specializes in innovation management with an aim to upgrade the country's innovation capabilities at international level. NIA has platforms that will raise innovation capabilities are Curriculum Excellence, Learning Innovation, Case-based Sharing and Knowledge for Inspiration.

The collaboration with SET aims at developing listed companies to be role models of innovation-driven organizations as they have both funding and business growth opportunities to enhance sustainable growth.

Trading Summary     
As of 16 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy               Sell               Net
Institution         5,482.69         4,426.16      1,056.53
Proprietary       8,431.47         8,262.42         169.05
Foreign           35,859.83      37,301.96     -1,442.13
Individual      26,261.36       26,044.81         216.56
Total Trading Value     76,035.35 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Subdued as U.S. political worries hurt sentiment

  * Philippines posts fourth straight weekly drop
    * Indonesia drops most on day, Vietnam top gainer

    By Aaron Saldanha
March 16 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets were subdued on Friday, weighed down by reports of further chaos in the White House and fears that U.S. tariffs could hurt the global economy and trigger a trade war.
Broader Asian markets also dropped on concerns about the shake-up inside U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and as next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting comes into focus.
Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
This follows the recent departure of two key officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top economic advisor Gary Cohn, from the Trump administration.
Adding to the political uncertainty, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for
documents, including some related to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday. 

"For the overall emerging markets, foreign investors have been selling off, which has led to further weakening of the
local currencies," said Taye Shim, head of research at Mirae Asset Sekuritas.
"If you track down some of the recent developments ever since the resignation of Gary Cohn, there has been some market speculation that uncertainties are likely to prolong from here, so investors have been selling off, Indonesian equities especially."
Indonesian shares   dropped 0.3 percent on broad-based weakness.
Telekomunikasi Indonesia was the biggest drag with a drop of 2.8 percent.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks cut early falls to close 0.2 percent lower.
Large caps are favoured by foreigners due to their liquidity, Shim said, adding that the weakness was a case of
"foreigners selling off what they have rather than an angle of valuations."
Philippine shares  .PSI  recovered from a three-month low to close 0.6 percent higher.
The recovery towards the end of the day was due to bargain-hunting across the board, said Luis Limlingan, managing  director of Manila-based brokerage firm Regina Capital Development Corp.
Philippine shares dropped 1.6 percent this week, in their fourth straight weekly decline.
Malaysian shares edged up as gains in industrials outweighed weakness in consumer staples.

Axiata Group Bhd  rose 2.3 percent.
Singapore shares slipped 0.2 percent, largely due to financials. Lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd dropped 1.3 percent.
Thai shares  .SETI  were slightly lower, while Vietnam gained 1 percent on utilities and consumer staples.  
Petrovietnam Gas Joint Stock Corp  GAS.HM  rose 5.8 percent.
  Market                    Current     Previous    Pct Move
 Singapore              3512.14       3517.73        -0.16
 Bangkok                1811.76       1816.08        -0.24
 Manila                   8238.15       8190.01         0.59
 Jakarta                   6304.952     6321.904      -0.27
 Kuala Lumpur       1846.39       1845.27         0.06
 Ho Chi Minh         1150.19       1138.76         1.00

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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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