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31 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -7.25 points lower or -0.21% to 3447.01, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.43%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.17% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.24%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.46%), DBS (-0.10%), UOB (-0.99%), Global Logistic (+0.38%) and OCBC Bank (-0.75%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Technology Index (+1.08%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Technology Index are Silverlake Axis (+1.86%) and STATS ChipPAC  (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -1.88% with Midas Holdings’ share price declining -3.23% and Geo Energy Resources’ share price declining -0.52%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+0.13%), DBXT MSCI China TRN ETF (+1.25%), DBXT FT China 25 ETF (+0.28%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+0.92%), Ascendas REIT (+1.17%), Suntec REIT (-1.07%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150429 (+6.12%), HSI24800MBeCW150528 (+5.80%), HSI24000MBePW150528 (-7.32%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150915 (-1.14%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (-10.19%), UOB MB eCW150701 (-12.50%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                                     Tuesday                                Monday
*ST Index              3,447.01  -7.25               3,454.26  +4.16
Volume:                      1,356.2M                         1,616.8M
Value:                        $1,387.7M                          $958.9M
Gainers/Losers:           205/240                           228/188


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
31 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 8.95 points or 0.49% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.66% to 16234.77 points, the Properties Index up 0.31% to 1315.76 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.75% to 7801.98 points. The market traded within a range of 7.55 points between an intra-day high of 1832.85 and a low of 1825.30 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include NOVAMSC, PRIVA, ASIABIO, WINTONI, PUC, CONNECT, TAKASO, SUMATEC, DGB and GENETEC. Trading volume increased to 2154.96 mil shares worth RM2458.41 mil as compared to Monday’s 1922.61 mil shares worth RM1709.00 mil.

Leading Movers were FGV (+6 sen to RM2.17), HLFG (+28 sen to RM16.96), KLK (+36 sen to RM22.78), MISC (+12 sen to RM8.49) and GENTING (+12 sen to RM9.00). Lagging Movers were TM (-4 sen to RM7.27), DIGI (-3 sen to RM6.30), AXIATA (-1 sen to RM7.08), PETGAS (-2 sen to RM23.02) and SIME (-0 sen to RM9.27). Market breadth was positive with 417 gainers as compared to 410 losers.

The KLCI extended yesterday’s gains by ending 8.95 points higher at 1830.78. The performance of our benchmark index was in line with overnight rally on Wall Street as February's pending home sales rose more than forecasted, indicating a pickup in the housing market ahead of the spring selling season. The gain in our benchmark index was supported by gains in heavyweight counters led by FGV and Hong Leong.

Trading Summary
As of    31  March  2015  Unit: M.Baht 
Type                                  Buy               Sell                   Net
Institution                3,903.34       3,349.51              553.84     
Proprietary              3,197.58       3,659.91             -462.33     
Foreign                  14,095.03     13,063.26           1,031.77     
Individual               14,708.48     15,831.75          -1,123.27     
Total Trading Value     35,904.43 M.Baht     


Vietnam index rises 1.1 pct, big-caps lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   climbed 1.09 percent at the close on Tuesday, with big-caps bouncing back from recent losses to lead a market that has been constraint by subdued sentiment.
PetroVietNam Gas , Vietnam's top listed firm by market value, led the risers with a 3.13-percent increase, while dairy product maker Vinamilk    ticked up 0.95 percent and lender BIDV  advanced 1.73 percent.
Volume fell 23 percent from the previous session to 83.6 million, Reuters data showed, as foreigners reduced selling but domestic investors were cautious after six straight declines that cost the index a combined 5.3-percent loss.  
 "The rally may extend to a few more sessions, but we still have to observe foreigner's buying in the next few days (for a clearer market trend)," said deputy manager Nguyen Thanh Lam of Maybank Kim Eng Securities.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close
                         VN Index       551.13              
                PREV. CLOSE       545.19              
                    % CHANGE        1.09%              
                       HIGH       552.72              
                        LOW       544.87         


SE Asia Stocks-Thai shares up slightly in Q1; eyes on martial law lift

Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday, with the Philippine index posting its best quarterly gain in the region amid end-quarter portfolio buying and foreign inflows, while Thai tourism shares regained some lost ground on plans to lift martial law.
Thai SET index  finished up 0.6 percent, eking out 0.6 percent gain in the first quarter of the year, Southeast Asia's worst performing bourse.
Shares of hotelier Central Plaza Hotel   ended the day down 0.8 percent, recovering some of their early losses.

Shares of Airports of Thailand  snapped a three-day losing streak, closing unchanged on the day.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he had asked for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's permission to lift martial law, which has been in place since before a coup 10 months ago, replacing it with a law that maintains the army's wide-ranging powers.  
The Philippine main index   was up 0.5 percent on the day and 9.8 percent on the quarter, the region's best, followed by Indonesia's 5.6 percent advance in the quarter.
Foreign investors bought Philippine stocks worth a net  1.76 billion peso ($39.4 million), with Indonesia a net 882 billion rupiah ($67.5 million).  
Malaysia   reported a net foreign buying of 264 million ringgit ($71.3 million) and Thailand's  a net 1.03 billion baht ($31.7 million).
 Market                     Current          Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               3447.01              3454.26                -0.21
 Kuala Lumpur        1830.78               1821.83              +0.49
 Bangkok                 1505.94               1496.51               +0.63
 Jakarta                    5518.67               5438.65               +1.47
 Manila                    7940.49               7899.41               +0.52
 Ho Chi Minh            551.13                 545.19               +1.09

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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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