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30 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +4.16 points higher or +0.12% to 3454.26, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.65%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.10% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.03%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-1.13%), UOB (-0.13%), DBS (+0.30%), Global Logistic (+0.76%) and CapitaLand (+1.39%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index (+0.89%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index are Wilmar International (-0.61%) and Thai Beverage  (+3.36%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which declined -1.05% with SingTel’s share price declining -1.13% and StarHub’s share price declining -0.23%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT S&P/ASX 200 ETF (unchanged), STI ETF (unchanged), DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (+1.19%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Suntec REIT (-0.27%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged), CapitaMall Trust (+0.93%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24800MBeCW150528 (+16.95%), HSI25000MBeCW150429 (+19.51%), HSI24400MBeCW150429 (+16.54%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150915 (+1.15%), UOB MB eCW150701 (-3.76%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-0.92%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                        Monday                           Friday
*ST Index               3,454.26  +4.16           3,450.1  +18.51
Volume:                      1,616.8M                      1,601.5M
Value:                          $958.9M                     $1,115.6M
Gainers/Losers:          228/188                         257/146


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
30 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 8.46 points or 0.47% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.30% to 16128.35 points, the Properties Index up 0.06% to 1311.71 points and the Plantation Index down 0.52% to 7743.63 points. The market traded within a range of 10.74 points between an intra-day high of 1825.76 and a low of 1815.02 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include PRIVA, INGENCO, DGB, BJCORP, SCN, WINTONI, PLABS, MPAY, GENETEC and CONNECT. Trading volume increased to 1922.61 mil shares worth RM1709.00 mil as compared to Friday’s 1644.66 mil shares worth RM1820.37 mil.

Leading Movers were ASTRO (+9 sen to RM3.19), DIGI (+14 sen to RM6.33), PETCHEM (+12 sen to RM5.60), TM (+15 sen to RM7.31) and CIMB (+7 sen to RM6.21). Lagging Movers were KLK (-44 sen to RM22.42), SKPETRO (-4 sen to RM2.33), HLFG (-22 sen to RM16.68), RHBCAP (-9 sen to RM7.84) and AMMB (-4 sen to RM6.30). Market breadth was positive with 400 gainers as compared to 383 losers.

The KLCI started the week on a positive note, closing higher at 1821.83 points. The performance of our benchmark index was in line with gains in US market on last Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that U.S. interest rates would probably be raised later this year but the pace of tightening would be gradual.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     Monday, March 30, 2015    
Description              Volume                             Value          Frequency
Total                6,147,259,767    6,156,559,128,417           206,015
ETF                               16,000                 10,674,900                     07
Stock               6,107,864,567    6,154,201,514,517           205,373
Warrant                 39,379,200            2,346,939,000                  635


Thai bourse drives "Your 1st Stock" as tool to expand quality investors

BANGKOK, March 30, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has launched "Your 1st Stock" project in its third year, aiming to increase new quality investor base as part of the Thai capital market sustainable development. This year's project is under "Planning, selection, investing with quality" concept focusing on new investors who are young working people categorized by career segmentation, mostly private firms employees, government officials, reporters, teachers and university students.

SET has also joined hands with 27 leading security firms, Thai Financial Planners Association (TFPA) and Investment Analysts Association (IAA) to develop intensive contents for all investors' needs. The contents provide stock selection techniques, from basic to advanced, through seminars and workshops, to create online investment knowledge and to promote investment discipline aiming for the number of new investors to increase by 95,000 in 2015.

SET Executive Vice President Santi Kiranand stated that in 2014, the number of trading accounts jumped to 20 percent or an average of 14,000 accounts per month partly due to SET's marketing activities to promote investment literacy and expand investor base. In the past five years the number of retail trading accounts has been rising substantially with an average of 14 percent growth, compared to 3-5 percent previously, reflecting investors' rising interest.

"Your 1st Stock" project was initiated in 2013 to prepare new investors to start trading and practice their investment skills systematically, supporting them to plan, select and analyze stocks with quality. More than 240,000 investors participated in this project, accounting for 75 percent of total new investors.

This year's project has been designed to effectively meet investors' needs," added Santi.

Charnchai Kongthongluck, president of Association of Thai Securities Companies, said that the first stock selection was considered an important step that could affect one's investment attitude. Therefore, new investors should have a good start. As the number of the young up-and-coming career people, age around 30, has been continuous increasing, they tended to update investment information and use investment tools blended in their lifestyle. As such this project could match their investment behavior and demand, while increasing quality investor base and enhancing the whole industry sustainably.

TFPA Chairman Teera Phutrakul said that the cooperation was in line with TFPA's mission to promote financial planning discipline among the Thai people.

Currently there been increasing interest on investment planning for future security. The recent TFPA marketing activities to promote investment planning in Bangkok and provinces have been very successful. For "Your 1st Stock" project, we have jointly developed contents, providing online investment solutions to promote investment planning among participants.

IAA President Ratchakritpong Ekrangsun said that investment research was a vital element to boost analysts' quality as well as to support investors' decision making. Therefore, at this event, IAA would share top stock information and monthly industry analysis, as well as providing first stock selection techniques  and other investment information.

Trading Summary

As of  30   March  2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                                 Buy                      Sell               Net
Institution                4,650.16            3,813.19             836.97     
Proprietary              3,362.38            5,017.26        -1,654.87     
Foreign                   31,633.71           1,562.12               71.59     
Individual                15,514.73         14,768.42             746.31     
Total Trading Value     55,160.98 M.Baht


Vietnam index drops 1.1 pct, Southeast Asia's bargain

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   dropped 1.13 percent to close at 545.19 points on Monday, extending last week's decline, with most equities heading south in a bear market that has become the region's cheapest.
Declining shares outnumbered advancers by more than three to one, led by PetroVietNam Gas , Vietnam's top firm by market value, that lost 2.29 percent to 64,000 dong ($2.98), its lowest close in three and a half months.
The market has lost a combined 5.3 percent over six straight falls as of Monday, and Vietnamese shares were in an over-sold territory as the index's relative strength index fell below the 30-point benchmark to 23.7 points.
The index's price-to-earnings ratio was 11.95, the least in the region and far below the leading Philippines  at 22.78, while foreigners offloaded Vietnamese shares for the fifth session at a net 169 billion dong.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                   VN Index       545.19              
                PREV. CLOSE       551.42              
                   % CHANGE       -1.13%              
                       HIGH       554.26              
                        LOW       545.07             


SE Asia Stocks-Major markets up; Philippine at record closing high

 Southeast Asian stock markets mostly gained on Monday, in line with broader Asian markets, as foreign inflows into select large caps sent the Philippine index to a record closing high, while Indonesian benchmark extended gains to a second session.
Inflows from end-quarter portfolios helped lift shares across exchanges while Asian stocks   rose amid hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy. 
The Philippine main index   was up 0.3 percent at 7,899.41, surpassing Friday's all-time closing high of 7,877.96. Foreign-led buying lifted shares of Metropolitan Bank & Trust  and Globe Telecom , stock exchange data showed.
Jakarta composite index  finished up 0.8 percent at 5,438.66, further rebounding from a more than five-week closing low hit on March 26.
Among actively traded, Astra International   jumped 2.1 percent and Telkom Indonesia  climbed 2 percent, both boosted by foreign-led buying, stock exchange data showed.
Thai index    edged up 0.09 percent, its first gain in seven straight sessions. Singapore's index  inched up 0.1 percent, closing at the highest level since May 2013, while Malaysia    rose 0.5 percent to the highest close since March 4.
 Vietnam   bucked the trend, declining for a sixth day to the lowest close since Jan. 5.

 Market                    Current        Prev Close     Pct Move
 Singapore              3454.26           3450.10           +0.12
 Kuala Lumpur       1821.83           1813.37           +0.47
 Bangkok                1496.51            1495.22          +0.09
 Jakarta                   5438.66            5396.85           +0.77
 Manila                   7899.41            7877.96           +0.27
 Ho Chi Minh          545.19               551.42            -1.13

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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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