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20 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +26.28 points higher or +0.78% to 3412.44, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.41%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.18% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.36%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+1.18%), DBS (+0.50%), UOB (+1.10%), Keppel Corp (+1.84%) and Noble (+2.94%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index (+2.04%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index are Keppel Corp (+1.84%) and Sembcorp Industries  (+0.70%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -1.82% with Midas Holdings’s share price declining -1.72% and Geo Energy Resources’s share price unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+0.43%), ISHARES USD Asia Bond ETF (unchanged), STI ETF (+0.89%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+4.00%), CapitaCom Trust (-2.30%), CapitaMall Trust (-0.46%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24400VTePW150429 (+2.26%), HSI24800VTePW150429 (unchanged), HSI24200MBePW150429 (+3.36%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (+11.97%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (+8.99%), UOB MB eCW150701 (+13.08%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                     Friday                             Thursday
*ST Index         3,412.44  +26.28           3,386.16  +24.41
Volume:                  1,268.7M                        1,202.4M
Value:                   $1,537.7M                      $1,180.2M
Gainers/Losers:      247/184                           229/230


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
20 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index lost 5.48 points or 0.30% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.40% to 15968.45 points, the Properties Index up 0.00% to 1303.7 points and the Plantation Index down 0.11% to 7802.05 points. The market traded within a range of 8.16 points between an intra-day high of 1806.90 and a low of 1798.74 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MQTECH, ETITECH, SUMATEC, TENAGA, YFG, TMS, XINGHE, CME, WINTONI and PARKSON. Trading volume decreased to 2123.92 mil shares worth RM3137.65 mil as compared to Thursday’s 2211.36 mil shares worth RM1845.51 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+98 sen to RM68.60), IHH (+7 sen to RM5.77), AMMB (+4 sen to RM6.20), UMW (+4 sen to RM10.84) and TM (+2 sen to RM7.02). Lagging Movers were RHBCAP (-21 sen to RM7.82), YTL (-3 sen to RM1.62), PPB (-26 sen to RM14.98), PETCHEM (-8 sen to RM5.12) and HLFG (-24 sen to RM16.88). Market breadth was negative with 325 gainers as compared to 471 losers.

The KLCI dropped 5.48 points to end at 1803.65 points, taking cue from lower overnight closing in Wall Street. The performance of our benchmark index was dragged down by selling in banking counters.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     20 March 2015    
Description                  Volume                           Value              Frequency
ETF                                       00                                  00                        00
Stock                6,565,817,769     7,126,171,610,741              244,696
Warrant                  51,256,900            3,663,282,700                      914
Total                 6,617,074,669     7,129,834,893,441              245,610


Trading Summary

As of    20  March  2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                           Buy                      Sell                     Net
Institution               2,988.96        4,880.70           -1,891.75     
Proprietary             5,401.17        3,857.71             1,543.46     
Foreign                 15,042.29      15,432.40              -390.12     
Individual             21,319.34       20,580.94               738.40     
Total Trading Value     44,751.75 M.Baht     


Vietnam index rises 0.3 pct, volume picks up

 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  closed up 0.3 percent on Friday on heavy volume as investors unloaded stocks, after recovering from a five-week low
hit in the previous session.
 A total of 151.54 million shares changed hand, well above the five-day average of 109.49 million shares and a jump of 79 percent from Thursday's volume, based on Reuters data.
Petrovietnam Transportation Corp  led the gainers, rising 5.26 percent, followed by steel maker Hoa Phat Group  and Baoviet Holdings , Vietnam's largest insurer.
The recovery could be brief and investors should take the opportunity to sell stocks at every rise in the index, BIDV Securities said in a note to clients.     
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                           VN Index       575.44              
                  PREV. CLOSE       573.74              
                     % CHANGE        0.30%              
                       HIGH       577.56              
                        LOW       571.92              


SE Asia Stocks - Major markets retreat; Thai VAT rate plan lifts retailers

Most major Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Friday as investors booked profits a day after a rally on easing concerns about an imminent Fed rate
hike, but Thai retailers outperformed after a plan to maintain the value-added tax rate.
Late buying in shares such as Home Product and Big C Supercenter  helped trim losses in the broader market. The SET index    ended the day down 0.14 percent, with a weekly loss of 0.75 percent, its fifth straight week.
 Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said on Friday the government plans to keep the value-added tax at 7 percent for another year from the end of September to support the economy.
Malaysia   and Indonesia   retreated but still ended the week up 1.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. The Philippines   closed nearly unchanged after early losses, with a weekly rise of 0.1 percent.
Vietnam   closed up 0.3 percent on the day, declining 1.8 percent on the week.  
Asian stocks  dipped as Federal Reserve-inspired gains petered out. The Fed on Wednesday opened the door further for an interest rate hike but signalled a more cautious outlook for U.S. growth, cooling speculation for tightening in June.
Bucking the trend, Singapore   was up 0.8 percent, advancing 1.5 percent on the week. Shares of Noble Group jumped 3 percent after it said Prudential Plc  has increased its stake in the company to more than 5 pct and become a substantial shareholder
 Market             Current          Prev Close         Pct Move
 Singapore          3412.44             3386.16            +0.78
 Kuala Lumpur    1803.65             1809.13             -0.30
 Bangkok             1529.96             1532.13             -0.14
 Jakarta                5443.06             5453.85             -0.20
 Manila                  7818.38             7814.55            +0.05
 Ho Chi Minh          575.44               573.74            +0.30

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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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