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19 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 13.85 points or 0.39% lower to 3498.29, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.80%.  For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which declined 0.29%, DBS, which declined 0.64%, UOB, which declined 0.18%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.90% and Venture, with a 0.31% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.40%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.55%.

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

STI ETF (-0.29%)

IS MSCI India (-1.05%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.75%)

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

Mapletree Gcc Tr (-0.86%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (unchanged)

Ascendas REIT (+0.38%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI30800MBePW180427 (-2.72%)

HSI29800MBePW180427 (-4.00%)

HSI32600MBeCW180427 (-7.02%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

OCBC Bk MB eCW180702 (-15.49%)

DBS MB eCW180808 (-10.59%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (-5.62%)

Singapore Stock Market
                             Monday                         Friday
*ST Index       3,498.29  -13.85         3,512.14  -5.59
Volume:              1,634.9M                    1,803.4M
Value:                  $939.8M                   $1,612.9M
Gainers/Losers:      128/307                      184/248


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
19 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.55 points or 0.08% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.12% to 18060.29 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.53% to 1126.16 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.13% to 7966.75 points. The market traded within a range of 4.71 points between an intra-day high of 1850.16 and a low of 1845.45 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SAPNRG, NETX, BRAHIMS, DNEX, PUC, NWP, EASTLND, MEDIAC, MMAG-PA and VIZIONE. Trading volume decreased to 1941.18 mil shares worth RM1676.88 mil as compared to Friday’s 2875.52 mil shares worth RM4255.52 mil.

Leading Movers were DIGI (+6 sen to RM4.60), AMMB (+3 sen to RM4.15), IOICORP (+3 sen to RM4.61), AXIATA (+3 sen to RM5.35) and CIMB (+4 sen to RM7.26). Lagging Movers were KLCC (-20 sen to RM7.40), MISC (-16 sen to RM7.05), ASTRO (-4 sen to RM2.30), SIME (-4 sen to RM2.66) and RHBBANK (-6 sen to RM5.31). Market breadth was negative with 332 gainers as compared to 574 losers.

The KLCI closed flat with 1.55 points higher at 1847.94 points amid last Friday's gains in US market. The performance of our local bourse remained muted as lack of fresh catalyst.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     19 March 2018     
Description          Volume                             Value         Frequency
ETF                        74,000                    46,883,200                      25
Stock        10,292,307,532        7,447,999,127,379             346,526
Warrant            27,531,728               6,574,169,620                 2,111

Total          10,319,913,260        7,454,620,180,199             348,662

Trading Summary     
As of 19 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy                  Sell                 Net
Institution          5,139.17         4,507.06             632.11
Proprietary        6,460.16          7,715.69        -1,255.53
Foreign            17,053.85       18,078.69        -1,024.84
Individual        22,716.38        21,068.11         1,648.26
Total Trading Value     51,369.55 M.Baht


 SE Asia Stocks-Most slip ahead of Fed decision; Vietnam up

* U.S. Fed rate decision due on March 21
    * Philippines recovers from early falls
    * Vietnam rises for 6th straight session

    By Aaron Saldanha
March 19 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets edged lower on Monday, in line with broader Asia, as caution gripped investors ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day  policy meeting that starts on Tuesday.
With a 25 basis point rate hike seen as a done deal, a key  focus is on whether Fed policymakers forecast four rate hikes this year in their "dot plot" projections, instead of three they projected at a December meeting.
"As far as equities go, I think people will be a bit more risk-off if there are more rate hikes than expected," said Fio
Dejesus, an equity research analyst with RCBC Securities.
Thai shares  .SETI  were the biggest losers in Southeast Asia, hurt by weakness in energy stocks. Oil and gas firm PTT Pcl  PTT.BK  dropped 2.2 percent.    
Singapore shares  .STI  fell for a fourth straight session, with financials among the top losers. Lender Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd  OCBC.SI  declined 0.9 percent, while DBS Group Holdings Ltd  DBSM.SI  slipped 0.6 percent.
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  slipped, weighed down by consumer discretionary and materials stocks.
Astra International Tbk PT   fell 2.4 percent to its  lowest close July 2016.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks slipped 0.1 percent.
Philippine shares  recovered from early falls to close marginally lower with financial and consumer discretionary
stocks leading the recovery. Ayala Corp  AC.PS  ended 2 percent  higher.
"You have to take into account that the Philippines has already been correcting for the past two weeks, so perhaps the
valuations are now better than they have been recently," said Dejesus.
The benchmark stock index has declined 3.8 percent year-to-date after gaining about 25 percent in 2017.
Malaysian shares  .KLSE  closed slightly higher, helped by gains in financials and telecom services stocks. Public Bank Bhd  PUBM.KL  gained 0.4 percent.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  rose for a sixth straight session,
helped by real estate stocks and industrials, and posted their
highest close since March 2007.

  Market                        Current   Previous close         Pct
 Singapore                    3498.29          3512.14         -0.39
 Bangkok                      1799.79          1811.76         -0.66
 Manila                         8235.54          8238.15         -0.03
 Jakarta                         6289.572        6304.952       -0.24
 Kuala Lumpur             1847.94        1846.39            0.08
 Ho Chi Minh               1159.22        1150.19             0.79

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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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