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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  31 March 2014 


The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +16.45 points higher or +0.52% to 3188.62, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.75%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.01% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index remain unchanged. The top active stocks were DBS (+0.56%), UOB (+1.41%), SingTel (unchanged), Noble Group (-2.07%) and CapitaLand (+2.48%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index (+0.82%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index are Hongkong Land Holdings (-0.31%) and Global Logistic Properties (+1.15%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which declined -1.19% with Hyflux’s share price declining -0.41% and HanKore’s share price declining -0.73%.The FTSE ST Basic Materials Index gained +0.61%.  The FTSE ST Financials Index gained +0.51%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (-0.03%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.25%), IS MSCI India (+0.16%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.26%), Suntec REIT (unchanged), Ascendas REIT (+0.44%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22200MBeCW140529 (+5.71%), HSI22200MBeCW140429 (+2.53%), STI 3150MBeCW140829 (+2.63%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were KepCorp MBeCW140701 (+5.71%), SGX MB eCW141001 (unchanged), UOB MB eCW140701 (+6.29%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                      Monday                                   Friday
*ST Index              3,188.62  +16.45                     3,172.17  +9.71
Volume:                        2,157.6M                               2,940.1M
Value:                         $1,246.7M                            $1,205.4M
Gainers/Losers:               226/158                                235/185


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
31 Mar 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.52 points or 0.08% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.13% to 16630.83 points, the Properties Index up 0.77% to 1362.74 points and the Plantation Index down 0.86% to 8960.22 points. The market traded within a range of 13.26 points between an intra-day high of 1852.29 and a low of 1839.03 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include INSAS, TM, TENAGA, MAYBANK, SKPETRO, ARMADA, CIMB, DIGI , SIME and PCHEM. Trading volume increased to 1938.13 mil shares worth RM2377.13 mil as compared to Friday’s 1804.34 mil shares worth RM2029.81 mil.

Leading Movers were PETCHEM (+10 sen to RM6.91), SIME (+5 sen to RM9.31), IHH (+4 sen to RM3.85), MAYBANK (+2 sen to RM9.68) and GENTING (+3 sen to RM10.00). Lagging Movers were KLK (-72 sen to RM24.20), PETGAS (-22 sen to RM23.80), BAT (-100 sen to RM59.12), IOICORP (-3 sen to RM4.80) and CIMB (-2 sen to RM7.15). Market breadth was negative with 384 gainers as compared to 408 losers.

The KLCI ended 1.52 points lower at 1849.21, despite the firmer Asian markets as investor sentiment improved following speculation over China’s new stimulus. The performance of our benchmark index was dragged by profit taking activities in heavyweight stocks such as KLK and Petronas following last week’s gains.

The KLCI extended its gains in the last trading day of the week to end higher at 1850.73, underpinned by gains in Genting and KLK. The performance of our benchmark index was in line with the gains in Asian market as investor sentiment was buoyed by the news of China’s new stimulus to support their economy growth.


Trading Summary

As of  31 March 2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                                    Buy                 Sell                 Net        
Institution                        2,176.06        2,436.21          -260.15     
Proprietary                      2,291.71        2,765.70          -473.99     
Foreign                           8,826.78        5,013.26         3,813.52     
Individual                        9,245.70      12,325.07       -3,079.37     
Total Trading Value        22,540.24 M.Baht     


Vietnam index eases 0.5 pct, volume around 3-wk low

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  ended down 0.46 percent on Monday, with trading volume falling to the lowest level in more than three weeks as cautious investors held back after recent falls, analysts said.
Volume neared 120 million shares, the lowest since March 5, Reuters data showed.
 Food producer Masan Group  led the losses, with shares dropping 2.51 percent, followed by Hanoi-based lender BIDV  that fell 1.18 percent.
Though buying demand was increasing, the index is unlikely  to surpass 600 points as selling force around this level is very high, especially from retailers, said analyst Vu Tran Vinh Thuy at Dai Viet Securities.    
The index has lost a combined 2.2 percent over the past  week, having hit a two-week low on March 26 due to margin  selling.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                      VN Index       591.57              
              PREV. CLOSE       594.29              
                 % CHANGE       -0.46%              
                     HIGH       597.22              
                      LOW       591.57              


SE Asia Stocks-Thai stocks outperform in March; jitters remain  

Thai stocks closed at their highest in almost two weeks on Monday, marking gains for a second straight month, as month-end buying lifted large-caps and
banking shares while the Singapore index climbed to near four-month highs led by property stocks.

Bangkok's SET index   closed up 0.5 percent at 1,376.26, the highest since March 13, advancing 3.7 percent on the month, making it Southeast Asia's best performer.  
Shares of Kasikornbank , Siam Commercial Bank   and Shin Corporation  were among those actively traded amid buying via a number of block trades.

The Thai bourse has brought in a net $323 million worth of foreign inflows so far in the month to Friday, the first net inflow in five months.  
Concerns over the political impact on the economy could keep risk appetite in check, brokers said, as the Bank of Thailand expected the domestic economy to contract in the first quarter after consumption and investment fell.  

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday showed up to defend herself against charges linked to a ruinous government rice pledging scheme that could lead to her removal from office.

Singapore's key Straits Times Index   finished up 0.5 percent, climbing 2.5 percent in March, a second consecutive month of gains. Investors bought recently battered property shares such as CapitaLand   and CapitaMalls Asia .

Stocks in Malaysia,  the Philippines   and Vietnam  edged slightly higher during the month.
 Indonesia , which was shut on Monday, jumped 3.2 percent for the month, among the region's outperformers.
Foreign investors have bought 24.6 trillion rupiah ($2.17 billion) worth of Indonesian shares so far this year to Friday, sending the index 19.5 percent higher in U.S. dollar terms, making it Asia's best performer.  
 Market                            Current      Prev Close      Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*           409.13          406.94            +0.54
 Singapore                       3188.62         3172.17           +0.52
 Kuala Lumpur                1849.21         1850.73            -0.08
 Bangkok                        1376.26         1368.90           +0.54
 Manila                            6428.71        6359.62            +1.09
 Ho Chi Minh                    591.57          594.29             -0.46

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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.

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