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18 March 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 26.63 points or 0.92% higher to 2906.8, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.83%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 1.78%, SingTel, which gained 1.83%, OCBC Bank, which gained 1.98%, Wilmar Intl, which gained 1.85% and UOB, with a 0.31% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.59%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.16%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Industrials Index, which rose 2.19%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings – ended 4.03% higher and 1.71% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 3.91%. Silverlake Axis shares remained unchanged and CSE Global gained 2.17%.

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

STI ETF (+1.04%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF 10 (-0.68%)

IS MSCI India 100 (+0.62%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+2.48%)

Capitamall Trust (+0.47%)

Capitacom Trust (+1.03%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI21000MBeCW160428 (+4.08%)

HSI19600MBePW160428 (-9.64%)

HSI20200MBeCW160428 (+5.95%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (+9.09%)

KepCorp MBeCW161212 (-0.76%)

UOB MB eCW160705 (-2.90%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
 Singapore Stock Market
                                 Friday                  Thursday
*ST Index        2,906.8  +26.63     2,880.17  +35.96
Volume:               1,951.1M                  1,574.6M
Value:                $1,666.9M                $1,192.1M
Gainers/Losers:      236/185                   277/130


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
18 March 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 13.15 points or 0.77% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.91% to 14711.17 points, the Properties Index up 1.14% to 1180.79 points and the Plantation Index down 0.01% to 8037.55 points. The market traded within a range of 10.72 points between an intra-day high of 1716.34 and a low of 1705.62 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SMTRACK, POS-CV, SONA-WA, AIRASIA, OCK-WA, ANZO, GENETEC, RSENA-WA, GAMUDA-WE and CIMB. Trading volume increased to 2026.91 mil shares worth RM2983.13 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1814.60 mil shares worth RM2310.11 mil.

Leading Movers were IHH (+27 sen to RM6.75), UMW (+23 sen to RM6.56), RHBCAP (+21 sen to RM6.05), GENTING (+32 sen to RM9.32) and PETGAS (+68 sen to RM22.46). Lagging Movers were ASTRO (-4 sen to RM2.90), KLCC (-8 sen to RM6.99), MISC (-9 sen to RM8.83), MAXIS (-6 sen to RM6.22) and SIME (-6 sen to RM7.87). Market breadth was positive with 538 gainers as compared to 349 losers.

The KLCI ended the week with a positive note, closing higher at 1716.34 points. The performance of our benchmark index was in line with overnight gains in Wall Street following higher oil prices and the Federal Reserve's announcement a day earlier.


Trade Summary
Date As of:      Friday, March 18, 2016
Description         Volume                               Value       Frequency
ETF                      11,600                        8,387,600                   09
Stock       5,940,725,961         7,949,876,464,072         310,629
Warrant           6,074,900                    149,684,000                313
Total        5,946,812,461         7,950,034,535,672         310,951


Trading Summary

As of 18 March 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                        Buy            Sell              Net
Institution       5,388.67       5,759.96       -371.29
Proprietary      4,610.03      4,815.28         -205.25
Foreign         18,675.34     15,030.38      3,644.96
Individual     20,576.21     23,644.62      -3,068.42
Total Trading Value     49,250.25 M.Baht


Vietnam index falls 0.6 pct, volume surges on fund trading           

 Vietnam's benchmark VN INdex  .VNI  closed down 0.6 percent on Friday on profit-taking, with volume hitting its highest in one-and-a-half years as two exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended their quarterly portfolio restructuring.
Trading volume hit 226 million, its highest since Sept. 9, 2014, boosted by trading of Market Vectors Vietnam ETF  VNM.P  and db x-trackers FTSE Vietnam ETF  XFVT.DE , two major ETFs holding Vietnamese shares.
Most shares lost ground, after the index closed at its highest level since Dec. 30 last year on Thursday, led down by
property and retail firm Vingroup  VIC.HM  with a 2 percent fall and PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  with a 1.5 percent decline.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close.

                 VN Index       575.82            
              PREV. CLOSE       579.26            
                 % CHANGE       -0.59%            
                     HIGH       580.81            
                      LOW       575.44         


SE Asia Stocks-Philippines leads regional gains on inflows

Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose, in line with Asia on Friday as foreign investors bought shares, bringing key indexes in the Philippines and Malaysia to a near five-month high.
The Federal Reserve's cautious stance on further interest rate increases continued to lift risk appetite in Asia.
Stocks in the Philippines continued their outperformances, with the key index  .PSI  climbing 1.3 percent to its highest
close since Oct. 27, 2015. It notched up 2.9 percent gain on the week, Southeast Asia's best performer.
Malaysia  .KLSE  advanced 0.8 percent to its highest close since Oct. 19, 2015, with a weekly increase of 1.2 percent.
Foreign inflows to Philippine shares continued for a third straight week while the inflows to Malaysia came into a fifth week, stock exchange data showed. The Philippines received inflows worth a net 4.4 billion peso ($95 million), while Malaysia attracted inflows worth a net 1.5 billion ringgit ($371 million).  
Singapore  .STI  posted a weekly gain of 2.8 percent, the second-best, followed by Indonesia's  .JKSE  1.5 percent
increase. Thailand  .SETI  and Vietnam  .VNI  underperformed on the week, down 0.8 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.
Many markets will have a holiday-shortened trading week next week, with the Philippines closed for a public holiday on Thursday and Friday. Singapore and Indonesia will be shut on Friday.
  Market                       Current     previous close  Pct Move
  Singapore                   2906.8           2880.17              0.92
  Bangkok                   1382.96             1380.2              0.20
  Manila                      7306.74             7210.9              1.33
  Jakarta                    4885.708         4885.688              0.00
  Kuala Lumpur          1716.34           1703.19             0.77
  Ho Chi Minh               575.82             579.26             -0.59

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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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