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25 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +5.76 points higher or +0.17% to 3419.02, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.60%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.38% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.48%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.70%), UOB (+0.61%), DBS (-0.05%), Keppel Corp (+1.13%) and OCBC Bank (+0.29%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+3.48%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (+0.31%) and Hyflux  (+1.14%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index, which declined -0.33% with Hongkong Land Holdings’ share price declining -0.94% and Global Logistic Properties’ share price gaining +0.78%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+0.05%), iShares S&P500 Ivv (-0.90%), IS MSCI India  (-1.14%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.46%), Ascendas REIT (-0.78%), Keppel REIT (-0.42%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24400MBeCW150429 (+8.94%), HSI25000MBeCW150429 (+8.86%), HSI24800MBeCW150528 (+8.33%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150915 (+1.20%), UOB MB eCW150701 (+4.51%), KepCorp MBeCW150901 (+6.67%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                  Wednesday              Tuesday
*ST Index            3,419.02  +5.76       3,413.26  +3.13
Volume:                   1,240.8M                 1,053.3M
Value:                        $950.6M               $1,018.3M
Gainers/Losers:        240/167                    239/173


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
25 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.06 points or 0.28% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.48% to 16080.99 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.76% to 1302.55 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.16% to 7807.83 points. The market traded within a range of 11.01 points between an intra-day high of 1823.19 and a low of 1812.18 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include ASIABIO, GENETEC, PRIVA, MPAY, MQTECH, AWC, WINTONI, KRONO, KNM and CLIQ-WA. Trading volume increased to 2039.22 mil shares worth RM2122.13 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 1945.73 mil shares worth RM1833.91 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+220 sen to RM70.00), ASTRO (+6 sen to RM3.23), IHH (+9 sen to RM6.00), IOICORP (+5 sen to RM4.66) and SKPETRO (+2 sen to RM2.32). Lagging Movers were PETCHEM (-5 sen to RM5.50), GENM (-2 sen to RM4.17), AMMB (-3 sen to RM6.32), FGV (-1 sen to RM2.12) and SIME (-4 sen to RM9.26). Market breadth was positive with 449 gainers as compared to 391 losers.

The KLCI extended yesterday’s gains by ending 5.06 points higher at 1819.10, despite overnight losses in US markets as the US dollar rose after U.S. consumer prices rebounded in February coupled with growth in its manufacturing sector. The gain in our benchmark index was underpinned by buying in heavyweight counters, led by IHH Healthcare, Maybank and Sapura Kencana.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     25 March 2015    
Description                 Volume                          Value        Frequency
ETF                           153,800               142,446,700                    12
Stock              7,611,138,447    6,944,224,203,904          229,948
Warrant                24,727,300               817,191,400                  886
Total               7,636,019,547    6,945,183,842,004           230,846


Trading Summary

As of    25  March  2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                           Buy                      Sell                     Net
Institution                 3,040.85       2,394.50               646.35     
Proprietary               3,232.98       2,943.12               289.87     
Foreign                     8,619.48       9,930.99            -1,311.51     
Individual                17,811.20     17,435.90                375.30     
Total Trading Value     32,704.51 M.Baht     


Vietnam index hits 7-wk low; energy blue chips lea

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  retreated 1.15 percent to close at its lowest since Feb. 4 on Wednesday, led by a tumble in PetroVietNam Gas ,
the country's biggest listed firm by market value.
 GAS shares plummeted 6.67 percent to 70,000 dong ($3.26), its lowest close since Jan. 8, as investors took advantage of a buy-back programme to offload shares amid a gloomy outlook on the global oil market.  
Petrovietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp , another subsidiary of state oil group PetroVietnam, hit its lowest of over 19 months with a 6.58-percent plunge, also on a subdued sector outlook and the firm's failure to buy back shares.
"Many institutional investors still have GAS and PVD in their portfolios while their intention to divest is still there," said analyst Tran Minh Hoang of Vietcombank Securities, adding that the stocks may fall further in coming sessions.
The index is likely to rebound slightly around its 560-point support level before retreating further, on extended foreigners' selling as the dong has been weakening against the dollar and after their strong buying earlier this year, Hoang added.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at the close

                         VN Index       560.93              
                PREV. CLOSE       567.43              
                    % CHANGE       -1.15%              
                       HIGH        568.4              
                        LOW       559.87        


SE Asia Stocks -Indonesia hits over 4-wk closing low; others mixed

 Indonesian shares ended at their lowest in more than four weeks on Wednesday as foreign investors sold risky assets amid a weakening rupiah, while other Southeast Asian markets closed mixed after Chinese factory activity came in weaker than expected.
Jakarta's composite index   fell 0.8 percent to its lowest close since Feb. 23, Thomson Reuters data showed. Foreign investors sold a net $30.61 million worth shares.  
The rupiah's weakness against the U.S. dollar is still a concern, said Andri Zakarias, an analyst with BNI Securities, adding that foreign selling pressure was still seen in the stock market.
The rupiah  was down 0.64 percent on Wednesday, after having risen to its highest in more than two weeks on Tuesday, partly as uncertainty over the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes lifted most emerging Asian currencies.  I
 Activity in China's factory sector slid to an 11-month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, indicating the economy may need more policy stimulus.
 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   fell 1.15 percent to close at its lowest since Feb. 3, led by a slump in PetroVietNam Gas , the country's biggest listed firm by market value.
In Manila, the main stock index  recovered from early losses and closed 0.1 percent up, but the gains were capped by investor concerns over the monetary policy meeting on Thursday.  
"Investors are taking precautions before the monetary policy meeting tomorrow and we also expect the trend to continue due to window dressing during the quarterly-end," said Luis Limlingan, head of sales at Manila-based Regina Capital.      "There are also concerns over the U.S. Fed rate hike timing."  
Foreign investors sold a net $23.58 million worth shares.  
In Bangkok, the SET index   surrendered its early gains to end 0.1 percent weaker at its lowest close since Jan. 7.
Singapore's key index   ended 0.2 percent firmer, while Malaysia    closed 0.3 percent up with a $51.41 million net foreign inflow, bourse data showed.
 Market                     Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore               3419.02        3413.26           +0.17
 Kuala Lumpur        1819.10        1814.04           +0.28
 Bangkok                 1512.80        1514.45            -0.11
 Jakarta                    5405.49        5447.65            -0.77
 Manila                    7836.34        7828.94           +0.09
 Ho Chi Minh            560.93          567.43            -1.15

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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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