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21 March 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 7.13 points or 0.23% lower to 3158.57, taking the year-to-date performance to +9.64%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.05%, Singtel, which declined 1.50%, UOB, which declined 0.27%, CapitaLand, which gained 0.27% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.10% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.12%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.11%.

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

IS MSCI India (-0.39%)

DBXT MSCI Thailand TRN ETF (unchanged)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.23%)

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

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+1.04%)

Ascendas REIT (-0.40%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (-0.33%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI23600MBePW170427 (-7.41%)

HSI24600MBeCW170330 (+5.26%)

HSI22400MBePW170529 (-8.51%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW170710 (-1.11%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW171002 (unchanged)

KepCorp MBeCW171002 (-1.47%)
Singapore Stock Market
                                 Tuesday                   Monday
*ST Index        3,158.57  -7.13        3,165.7  -3.68
Volume:               1,527.3M                  1,750.8M
Value:                    $909.3M                $1,040.2M
Gainers/Losers:      239/225                    218/274


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
21 March 2017

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.26 points or 0.30% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.25% to 15828.05 points, the Properties Index up 0.31% to 1285.03 points and the Plantation Index down 0.04% to 8200.41 points. The market traded within a range of 9.17 points between an intra-day high of 1757.99 and a low of 1748.82 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include OLYMPIA, PUC-WB, TANCO, MPAY, MRCB-WA, PUC, PUC-LA, LUSTER, TRIVE and DNEX-WD. Trading volume decreased to 4578.37 mil shares worth RM3286.56 mil as compared to Monday’s 6017.47 mil shares worth RM3015.10 mil.

Leading Movers were WPRTS (+11 sen to RM4.00), GENM (+14 sen to RM5.68), PETCHEM (+13 sen to RM7.58), MAYBANK (+10 sen to RM9.00) and IJM (+3 sen to RM3.48). Lagging Movers were AMMB (-4 sen to RM4.90), IHH (-4 sen to RM5.99), KLCC (-3 sen to RM8.00), ASTRO (-1 sen to RM2.86) and GENTING (-3 sen to RM9.80). Market breadth was positive with 496 gainers as compared to 477 losers.

The KLCI surged and closed at 1754.67 points despite mixed performance in US market. Our local bourse extended its winning streak by buying interest in heavy counters such as Genting Malaysia, Westports and Petronas Chemical.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     21 March 2017     
Description           Volume                             Value      Frequency
ETF                        11,000                    10,310,000                  04
Stock       12,718,049,322      8,027,562,649,136         387,062
Right                  4,091,500                    4,091,500                   12
Warrant         147,244,100           22,244,755,500                 802
Total        12,869,395,922      8,049,821,806,136          387,880


Trading Summary     
As of 21 March 2017     Unit: M.Baht
Type                          Buy            Sell                  Net
Institution       4,599.59       4,524.93            74.66
Proprietary      4,054.25      4,590.47         -536.22
Foreign         12,266.22     10,733.64       1,532.57
Individual     14,764.99     15,836.00      -1,071.01
Total Trading Value     35,685.04 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-U.S. Fed stance on rates spurs relief rally

Most Southeast Asian stock markets eked out small gains on Tuesday as the prospects of a less-hawkish
interest rate policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve helped market participants overcome concerns of immediate capital outflows from the region.
Expectations that the Fed would have to step up rate hikes to counter inflationary pressure from President Donald Trump's stimulus are also waning after the U.S. central bank dropped no hints of an acceleration in credit tightening last week.

"There is a little bit more room for the Federal Reserve to manoeuvre its monetary policy," said Taye Shim, head of research at Jakarta-based Mirae Asset Sekuritas.  
"So, I would not be so stuck with the Fed's guidance of three rate hikes this year. I think there is still a possibility
that it's going to be two rate hikes this year. For now, I think the Fed's accommodative monetary stance is enough of a relief to drive the markets higher."   
In Thailand  .SETI , shares closed 0.3 percent higher, with energy stocks accounting for nearly half the gains. PTT PCL  
 PTT.BK  ended 1 percent higher.
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  were up marginally, rising for six out of seven sessions, supported by energy and financial
Coal miner Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk  BSSR.JK  and PT Bank Central Asia Tbk  BBCA.JK  both hit record highs.
Philippine shares  .PSI  pared early gains to close slightly higher, led by industrials. International Container Terminal
Services Inc  ICT.PS  closed up 3.1 percent.
Malaysia  .KLSE  was up 0.3 percent, while Singapore  .STI  closed marginally lower.
In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  was up 0.4 percent as of 1031 GMT.

  Market                        Current          previous     Pct Move
  Singapore                  3158.57         3165.7            -0.23
  Bangkok                    1568.78         1563.54           0.34
  Manila                       7323.31         7316.57           0.09
  Jakarta                       5543.093       5533.992         0.16
  Kuala Lumpur          1754.67          1749.41           0.30
  Ho Chi Minh               716.18            715.07           0.16

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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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