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23 March 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 1.33 points or 0.05% higher to 2881.98, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.03%.

The top active stocks today were Global Logistic, which gained 5.32%, Noble, which gained 4.26%, SingTel, which declined 0.78%, DBS, which gained 0.13% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.11% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.32%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.33%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which rose 0.87%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Midas Holdings and Geo Energy Resources- remained unchanged and 0.86% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which slipped 0.66%. SingTel shares declined 0.78% and StarHub gained 0.60%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-1.16%)

IS MSCI India 100 (-0.30%)

DBXT MSCI China TRN ETF10 (unchanged)

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

Ascendas REIT (-0.41%)

Capitamall Trust (-0.46%)

Capitacom Trust (unchanged)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI21000MBeCW160428 (unchanged)

HSI20600MBePW160428 (-2.88%)

HSI19600MBePW160428 (-8.70%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (+0.71%)

DBS VT eCW160722 (unchanged)

DBS VT eCW160916 (+1.13%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
 Singapore Stock Market
                               Wednesday                          Tuesday
*ST Index            2,881.98 +1.33                2,880.65-0.04
Volume:                   1,321.9M                        1,987.1M
Value:                       $977.7M                      $1,232.2M
Gainers/Losers:         213/173                           191/193


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
23 March 2016

The FBM KLCI index lost 0.20 points or 0.01% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.18% to 14670.9 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.37% to 1188.45 points and the Plantation Index down 0.84% to 7992.79 points. The market traded within a range of 10.12 points between an intra-day high of 1726.55 and a low of 1716.43 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SGB-PR, EKA, AAX-WA, ANZO, BORNOIL, MMCCORP-C1, MYEG-CW, AIRASIA, SANICHI and AAX. Trading volume decreased to 1931.70 mil shares worth RM2443.84 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2422.08 mil shares worth RM2876.26 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+37 sen to RM9.90), WPRTS (+7 sen to RM4.09), HLFG (+20 sen to RM15.40), PPB (+18 sen to RM16.86) and KLCC (+7 sen to RM7.17). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-10 sen to RM2.00), IOICORP (-15 sen to RM4.81), RHBCAP (-8 sen to RM5.80), ASTRO (-3 sen to RM2.97) and PBBANK (-18 sen to RM18.80). Market breadth was negative with 361 gainers as compared to 476 losers.

The KLCI halted its winning streak and closed flat at 1724.55 points amid overnight subdued performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was in tandem with most of our regional peers as lack of fresh lead.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     23 March 2016     
Description          Volume                            Value        Frequency
ETF                     209,700                  24,109,700                     09
Stock         8,900,370,731    9,331,036,589,850            260,725
Warrant           52,202,200               766,342,000                1,613
Total          8,952,782,631    9,331,827,041,550            262,347


Trading Summary

As of 23 March 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                          Buy               Sell            Net
Institution        4,349.15        4,194.25         154.89
Proprietary       6,898.70        6,413.16         485.54
Foreign           14,246.63     13,810.88         435.75
Individual        27,190.11     28,266.29    -1,076.18
Total Trading Value     52,684.59 M.Baht


Vietnam shares end 3-day losing streak           

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  rose 0.67 percent, following three straight days of losses, led by food and energy shares, after foreign investors turned net buyers in the previous session.  
PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  advanced 1.98 percent, while food producer Masan Group  MSN.HM  rose 2.86 percent, but losses in large caps such as Vietcombank  VCB.HM , Vietnam's top lender by value, capped further gains in the market.
Analysts and traders offered mixed views on the near-term market outlook, citing risks including lack of domestic funds available for stock purchase and an ongoing parliament session that will see a new prime minister taking office in two weeks.
But some analysts said any falls will be minimal as outflows were gentle, especially after foreign investors on Tuesday
turned net buyers of Vietnamese shares .
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

                 VN Index       574.71            
              PREV. CLOSE       570.91            
                 % CHANGE        0.67%            
                     HIGH       575.22            
                      LOW       570.39            


SE Asia Stocks-Thai, Philippine shares rise after cenbank holds rates

Southeast Asian stock markets ended mixed on Wednesday, with the Thai benchmark hitting a more than 4-month high and the key Philippine stock index rebounding after central banks in both countries kept interest rates steady
as expected.

The Thai SET index  .SETI  was up 1.1 percent at 1,412.16, the highest close since Nov. 6. Late buying boosted shares of large cap banks and telecoms such as Bangkok Bank  BBL.BK  and Advanced Info Service  ADVANC.BK .
The market saw buying interest after the Bank of Thailand held its key interest rate  THCBIR=ECI  at 1.50 percent as
expected and cut its 2016 growth forecast.
"The downbeat economic forecast was not a surprise. Today, buying was more to do with a follow-through buying after the SET index breached a key 1,400 level," said Pichai Lertsupongkij, first vice president of privilege clients advisory at Thanachart Securities.

The Philippines' key index  .PSI  closed the day up 0.3 percent, notching up a modest 0.7 percent gain in a shortened
trading week. The Philippine stock market will be closed on Thursday and Friday for a public holiday.
The Philippine central bank on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rate  PHCBIR=ECI  steady at 4.0 percent as expected amid robust economic growth and subdued inflation.  
Stocks in Singapore  .STI  ended slightly up, with data showing the city-state's core inflation gauge rising 0.5 percent
in February from a year earlier, the fastest pace in five months, on the back of higher food prices.
Malaysia  .KLSE  was also little changed, with the release of February consumer price inflation data postponed to Friday.
A Reuters poll has forecast Malaysia's annual inflation rate likely increased to 4.0 percent in February due to high
transport costs and a low base from a year earlier.  
Indonesia  .JKSE  hit the lowest close since March 15 while Vietnam  .VNI  rose for the first time in four days.
  Market                      Current     previous close  Pct Move
  Singapore                2881.98            2880.65           0.05
  Bangkok                  1412.16              1397.2            1.07
  Manila                     7360.05            7342.03            0.25
  Jakarta                   4854.176          4856.107          -0.04
  Kuala Lumpur         1724.55            1724.75          -0.01
  Ho Chi Minh              574.71              570.91           0.67

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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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