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31 March 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 31.88 points or 1.11% lower to 2840.9, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.45%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which declined 0.78%, OCBC Bank, which declined 1.23%, DBS, which declined 0.71%, UOB, which declined 0.95% and ComfortDelGro, with a 1.02% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.91%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.49%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which rose 0.17%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Midas Holdings and Geo Energy Resources- ended unchanged and 1.70% lower respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which slipped 2.14%. Keppel Corp shares declined 2.35% and Sembcorp Industries declined 1.95%.

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

IS MSCI India 100 (+0.90%)

Ishares USD Asia Bond ETF (-0.38%)

STI ETF (-0.69%)

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

Ascendas REIT (-0.83%)

Capitamall Trust (-1.42%)

Capitacom Trust (-2.00%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI21000MBeCW160428 (-11.22%)

HSI20600MBePW160428 (+5.94%)

HSI20800UBePW160428 (+0.89%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (-5.30%)

DBS MB ePW161003 (+1.28%)

DBS VT eCW160916 (-4.19%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
 Singapore Stock Market
                         Thursday                    Wednesday
*ST Index     2,840.9  -31.88        2,872.78  +53.7
Volume:              2,352.4M                  1,412.2M
Value:               $1,328.4M                $1,186.4M
Gainers/Losers:    161/224                    291/125


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
31 March 2016

The FBM KLCI index lost 0.24 points or 0.01% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.20% to 14766.19 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.09% to 1186.32 points and the Plantation Index down 0.79% to 7868.59 points. The market traded within a range of 6.52 points between an intra-day high of 1719.74 and a low of 1713.22 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include PARKSON-CP, PARKSON-CO, GAMUDA-WE, SONA-WA, AIRASIA, AAX-WA, EKA, PARKSON, TENAGA and MAYBULK. Trading volume decreased to 1801.54 mil shares worth RM2535.82 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1853.64 mil shares worth RM2344.07 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+30 sen to RM9.80), SKPETRO (+2 sen to RM1.86), CIMB (+3 sen to RM4.85), MAYBANK (+5 sen to RM9.02) and ASTRO (+1 sen to RM2.99). Lagging Movers were YTL (-5 sen to RM1.64), IOICORP (-11 sen to RM4.57), AMMB (-9 sen to RM4.60), UMW (-11 sen to RM6.87) and KLCC (-7 sen to RM7.16). Market breadth was negative with 397 gainers as compared to 406 losers.

The KLCI closed flat after shedding 0.24 points to 1717.58 points despite overnight gains in Wall Street. The performance of our local bourse was limited as profit taking kicked in following the rally in the past few days.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     31 March 2016     
Description        Volume                           Value        Frequency
ETF                    104,600                 14,767,700                   15
Stock       6,372,189,800     6,890,946,151,861         273,353
Warrant         16,832,900               293,010,000                 680
Total        6,389,127,300     6,891,253,929,561         274,048


Trading Summary

As of 31 March 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                        Buy                    Sell               Net
Institution        3,943.76          5,433.63      -1,489.86
Proprietary      4,014.80           4,219.79         -204.99
Foreign         13,686.56         11,895.64        1,790.92
Individual     19,410.06         19,506.13            -96.07
Total Trading Value     41,055.18 M.Baht


Vietnam stock index drops to lowest level in 1 month

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  dropped 1.52 percent to close at 561.22 points on Thursday, the lowest level since Feb. 29, dragged by losses in most big caps led by banks and energy stocks.
More than a half of the exchange's shares declined, including PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  that tumbled 4.65 percent to a six-week low after U.S. crude hit its lowest level in more than two weeks, amid renewed worries of global oversupply.
Four of the country's six listed banks also dropped, with a 2.61-percent decrease of Vietcombank  VCB.HM , Vietnam's second-biggest firm by market value, and VietinBank  CTG.HM that lost 1.8 percent.
The index, Southeast Asia's best performer last year, bucked the trend in Asia to post the biggest fall in more than 10
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

          VN Index  561.22            
       PREV. CLOSE  569.91            
          % CHANGE  -1.52%            
              HIGH  570.94            
               LOW  561.22            


SE Asia Stocks-Mostly down as Fed gains fade

Most Southeast Asian stock markets closed down on Thursday, led by Singapore and Vietnam, as the
boost from a U.S. Federal Reserve statement this week scaling back expectations for any interest rate hikes faded.
Singapore's Straits Times Index  .STI  slid 1.1 percent, down 1.45 percent for the quarter.  
Vietnam  .VNI  dropped 1.5 percent to close at its lowest level since Feb. 29, dragged down by losses in most big caps,
led by banks and energy stocks. It ended the quarter 3.1 percent lower.  
The Philippines  .PSI  lost 0.5 percent, Thailand's SET  .SETI  slipped 0.2 percent and Malaysia  .KLSE  ended steady
amid $100.19 million net foreign inflows.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday emphasised the need to proceed "cautiously" on tightening
policy, pushing back on a handful of her colleagues who have suggested another move may be just around the corner.
"Yesterday's Yellen gains were temporary," said Mixo Das, ASEAN equity strategist at Nomura in Singapore. "Market pricing of Fed hikes is already very dovish -- not much room for it to move further lower."
The Jakarta Composite index  .JKSE  gained 0.6 percent, ending the quarter with a 5.5 percent gain. Jakarta saw a net
foreign inflow of $30.99 million.  
 STOCK MARKETS                                              
 Market                Current         Prev close     Pct Move
 Singapore           2840.90           2872.78        -1.11
 Bangkok             1407.40           1410.29       -0.18
 Manila                7262.30           7299.23       -0.51
 Jakarta              4845.371         4816.655      +0.60
 Kuala Lump       1717.58           1717.82       -0.01
 Ho Chi Minh        561.22              569.91      -1.52

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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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