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24 March 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 15.97 points or 0.51% higher to 3142.9, taking the year-to-date performance to +9.10%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were Global Logistic, which gained 1.45%, DBS, which gained 0.75%, Singtel, which gained 0.51%, UOB, which gained 0.79% and OCBC Bank, with a 0.74% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.60%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.34%.

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

IS MSCI India (+0.39%)

STI ETF (+0.64%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.41%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+0.40%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.51%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+0.33%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI24600MBeCW170529 (unchanged)

HSI23600MBePW170427 (-8.48%)

HSI23600VTePW170529 (-0.83%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

OCBC Bk MB eCW171002 (+6.00%)

KepCorp MBeCW171002 (+3.28%)

DBS MB eCW170710 (+7.14%)

 Singapore Stock Market
                                Friday                      Thursday
*ST Index     3,142.9  +15.97         3,126.93  +8.74
Volume:               2,250.8M                 2,259.8M
Value:                $1,104.3M                  $1,046M
Gainers/Losers:      255/200                  294/163


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
24 March 2017

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.25 points or 0.07% on Friday. The Finance Index fell 0.13% to 15748.07 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.45% to 1285.32 points and the Plantation Index down 0.29% to 8156.67 points. The market traded within a range of 4.18 points between an intra-day high of 1749.61 and a low of 1745.43 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include EAH, CAP, TRIVE, EFFICEN, XDL, BORNOIL, XOX, LUSTER, EAH-WC and MTRONIC. Trading volume decreased to 3697.46 mil shares worth RM2527.34 mil as compared to Thursday’s 4778.65 mil shares worth RM3665.59 mil. Leading Movers were GENM (+12 sen to RM5.57), WPRTS (+3 sen to RM4.02), ASTRO (+2 sen to RM2.86), MAXIS (+3 sen to RM6.40) and CIMB (+2 sen to RM5.62).

Lagging Movers were HLFG (-20 sen to RM16.10), SIME (-10 sen to RM9.40), KLK (-20 sen to RM24.48), AXIATA (-4 sen to RM4.96) and YTL (-1 sen to RM1.50). Market breadth was negative with 312 gainers as compared to 590 losers.

The KLCI inched down to 1745.75 points as tracking overnight losses in US market. The performance of our local bourse was muted amid policy uncertainty in the U.S.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     24 March 2017     
Description        Volume                               Value       Frequency
ETF                   138,000                      62,851,000                    14
Stock    12,462,773,287         7,919,634,874,586          284,050
Right                           00                                      00                    00
Warrant        49,418,000                 9,291,145,100                   664
Total     12,512,329,287         7,928,988,870,686            284,728


Trading Summary     
As of 24 Mar 2017     Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy              Sell                Net
Institution       4,728.69       3,540.41      1,188.27
Proprietary      3,687.62      4,089.72        -402.10
Foreign         11,644.49     10,078.02      1,566.48
Individual     15,610.68     17,963.33     -2,352.66
Total Trading Value     35,671.48 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Lacklustre ahead of U.S. healthcare vote    

Southeast Asian stock markets were subdued on Friday, with some investors dipping a toe back into
risk trades after a few sessions of swings in sentiment, although voting on U.S. President Donald Trump's healthcare bill was postponed.
Trump will get a second chance to try to close the deal with Republican lawmakers on dismantling Obamacare in a high-stakes vote on the healthcare bill later in the day.  
Investors regard the vote as test for the Trump presidency that could show whether it can muster the backing needed to push through fiscal measures central to its economic agenda.
Markets have been consolidating due to a lack of news, said Jose Vistan, an analyst with Manila-based AB Capital Securities, adding that most markets were looking for cues from developments in major economies, particularly the United States.
Singapore shares  .STI  rose 0.2 percent, heading for their second consecutive session of gains, led by financial and energy stocks.
The big three Singapore banks rose between 0.4 percent and 0.8 percent, while Keppel Corp Ltd  KPLM.SI  gained 0.7 percent.
Investors await February manufacturing data, due out later in the day, for leads on the city-state's economy.
Philippine shares  .PSI  fell 0.1 percent, weighed down by financials and consumer staples.
The market is watching out for the fiscal reform programmes, including a hike in government spending, of the current
administration, which are going to dramatically change the physical landscape, said Vistan.
Property developer SM Prime Holdings Inc  SMPH.PS  fell 0.2 percent, while Food and beverages producer Universal Robina Corp  URC.PS  dropped 1.6 percent.
Indonesia  .JKSE  was marginally lower, while an index  .JKLQ45  of the 45 most liquid stocks fell 0.1 percent.
Vietnam  .VNI  rose 0.4 percent, led by financials and industrials, with Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet Nam  VCB.HM  rising 0.3 percent.
Thailand  .SETI  and Malaysia  .KLSE  were flat.
Malaysia's consumer price index  MYCPI=ECI  in February rose to an eight-year high at 4.5 percent, government data showed.
  Market                   Current           Previous Close       Pct Move
  Singapore              3134.46               3126.93                    0.24
  Bangkok                1570.67               1568.72                    0.12
  Manila                   7293.05                7301.03                  -0.11
  Jakarta                   5557.513              5563.759                -0.11
  Kuala Lumpur      1747.44                1747                         0.03
  Ho Chi Minh           722.16                  719.56                    0.36

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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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