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22 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 19.76 points or 0.56% lower to 3491.37, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.60%. For more observations go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.99%, Singtel, which declined 0.58%, UOB, which declined 1.47%, Keppel Corp, which gained 1.94% and OCBC Bank, with a 1.19% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.10%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.55%.

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

Nikko Am Singapore STI ETF (-0.56%)

IS MSCI India (+0.23%)

Lion-Phillip S-REIT (-0.39%)

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

Ascendas REIT (-0.37%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (unchanged)

Mapletree Com Tr (-0.63%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI30800MBePW180427 (+11.81%)

HSI29800MBePW180427 (+12.50%)

HSI32600MBeCW180427 (-20.00%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

UOB MB eCW180806 (-9.68%)

KepCorp MBeCW180910 (+11.29%)

DBS MB eCW180808 (-6.02%)
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Singapore Stock Market
                             Thursday                  Wednesday
*ST Index       3,491.37  -19.76        3,511.13  -2.18
Volume:                1,483.3M                  1,374.6M
Value:                 $1,004.4M                   $923.6M
Gainers/Losers:      158/225                     175/232


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
22 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 11.07 points or 0.59% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 1.24% to 18375.75 points, the Properties Index up 0.15% to 1108.6 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.34% to 8042 points. The market traded within a range of 11.04 points between an intra-day high of 1876.87 and a low of 1865.83 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SAPNRG, RSENA-WA, SKH, DBE, SUMATEC, NEXGRAM, MEDIAC, DGB, UMWOG and HIBISCS. Trading volume decreased to 2288.91 mil shares worth RM2065.91 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 2346.93 mil shares worth RM2445.77 mil.

Leading Movers were NESTLE (+920 sen to RM141.80), HLBANK (+52 sen to RM19.22), MAYBANK (+26 sen to RM10.54), IOICORP (+8 sen to RM4.75) and PBBANK (+36 sen to RM24.04). Lagging Movers were MISC (-10 sen to RM7.20), IHH (-7 sen to RM6.02), PETCHEM (-8 sen to RM8.21), ASTRO (-2 sen to RM2.22) and DIGI (-4 sen to RM4.71). Market breadth was negative with 365 gainers as compared to 518 losers.

The KLCI continued its gains and closed higher at 1876.87 points amid overnight mix performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters led by Nestle.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     22 March 2018     
Description           Volume                           Value        Frequency
ETF                105,230,800           10,620,069,000                    25
Stock         13,005,017,219    10,261,936,496,240           373,542
Warrant       2,099,494,398          625,168,392,300               9,225
Total          15,209,742,417    10,897,724,957,540            382,792


Trading Summary     
As of 5 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                             Buy             Sell                Net
Institution              4,102.92      3,662.89           440.04
Proprietary             7,292.71      7,720.56          -427.85
Foreign                20,191.04     19,242.62           948.41
Individual            18,822.81     19,783.41          -960.60
Total Trading Value      50,409.48 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Philippines surges most in 15 months, keeps rate steady

* Manila closes 2.7 pct higher after 3 sessions of drops
    * Vietnam rises for ninth session to record close
    * Indonesia falls 0.9 pct, down for 7th session in 8

    By Aaron Saldanha
March 22 (Reuters) - Philippine shares surged 2.7 percent on Thursday, the most since December 2016, as the central bank
maintained its key rate and the U.S. Federal Reserve's rate outlook for 2018 was seen as less hawkish than expected.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3 percent on Thursday and said it expected inflation to remain within its target for this year and next.
The Fed raised its interest rate on Wednesday and reiterated two more rate increases this year, signalling caution in its monetary policy tightening pace.  
The Fed's outlook for a total of three rate increases for 2018 helps retain the allure of higher yielding assets in
emerging markets, which would have reduced had more rates hikes been predicted.   
The Philippine Stock Exchange PSEI Index  closed higher for the first time in four sessions.
While all sectors rose, real estate and industrial stocks contributed the most to the main index's gain. SM Investments
Corp  SM.PS  jumped 5.3 percent, while Ayala Land Inc gained 5.5 percent.
The benchmark stock index declined in six sessions of the seven through Wednesday, shedding a total 6.4 percent.
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  fell 0.9 percent, making them the biggest losers in Southeast Asia. Most sectors ended in the negative territory with financials and consumer staples weighing heavily on the benchmark.
Holding firm Sinar Mas Multiartha  SMMA.JK  dropped 9.1 percent, while an index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks   declined 1.1 percent.
Vietnam shares  rose for a ninth straight session and posted an all-time closing high.
Utilities and consumer staples were among the top gainers with Petrovietnam Gas Joint Stock Corp  GAS.HM  rising 5.2  percent.
The benchmark stock index has risen more than 19 percent so far in 2018 after a 48 percent jump last year.
Malaysian shares  .KLSE  gained 0.6 percent, helped by financials and consumer staples. Malayan Banking Bhd 
gained 2.5 percent.    
Singapore shares  .STI  declined 0.6 percent, weighed down by financials, with Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd 
shedding 1.2 percent.
  Market                     Current        Previous close    Pct
  Singapore                3491.37         3511.13          -0.56
  Bangkok                 1798.55          1801.43          -0.16
  Manila                    8124.45          7909.07           2.72
  Jakarta                    6254.074        6312.831        -0.93
  Kuala Lumpur        1876.87          1865.8             0.59
 Ho Chi Minh           1172.36          1169.36            0.26

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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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