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03 March 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +18.22 points higher or +0.54% to 3422.11, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.69%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.29% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.22%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.10%), SingTel (-1.42%), Noble (+6.88%), Golden Agri-Res (+3.75%) and UOB (+0.61%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+2.42%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+4.76%) and Geo Energy Resources  (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which declined -2.67% with Silverlake Axis ’ share price declining -4.67% and STATS ChipPAC ’s share price declining +1.04%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+1.11%), iShares USD Asia Bond ETF (+0.47%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.81%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (unchanged), Suntec REIT (-0.77%), CapitaMall Trust (+0.47%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (-20.24%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (+21.05%), HSI25000MBeCW150429 (-12.67%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150420 (-1.12%), Wilmar MBeCW150901 (+3.23%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (+4.90%).
Singapore Stock Market
                                      Tuesday                      Monday
*ST Index           3,422.11  +18.22        3,403.89  +1.03
Volume:                  1,305.6M                      1,358M
Value:                    $1,173.8M                $1,287.7M
Gainers/Losers:       195/238                     169/289


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
3 March 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 4.12 points or 0.23% on Tuesday. The Finance Index increased 0.44% to 16101.18 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.48% to 1326.69 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.14% to 7973.57 points. The market traded within a range of 7.85 points between an intra-day high of 1825.79 and a low of 1817.94 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include PRIVA, SANICHI, WINTONI, NEXGRAM, ASIABIO, DGSB, PESONA-WC, PUC, NOVAMSC and FRONTKN. Trading volume increased to 2831.08 mil shares worth RM2347.01 mil as compared to Monday’s 2245.53 mil shares worth RM2194.72 mil.

Leading Movers were FGV (+7 sen to RM2.26), GENM (+10 sen to RM4.17), ASTRO (+6 sen to RM3.19), MAYBANK (+15 sen to RM9.35) and MAXIS (+9 sen to RM7.09). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-13 sen to RM2.60), RHBCAP (-11 sen to RM7.92), PETDAG (-22 sen to RM19.32), PETCHEM (-5 sen to RM5.45) and IHH (-5 sen to RM5.50). Market breadth was negative with 420 gainers as compared to 461 losers.

The KLCI rebounded from yesterday’s losses by ending 4.12 points higher at 1821.25, taking cue from firmer overnight close on Wall Street which was boosted by positive manufacturing data. The performance in our benchmark index was supported by buying interest in heavyweights counters such as Felda, Astro and Genting.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     03 March 2015    
Description               Volume                          Value           Frequency
ETF                    502,349,495          47,351,466,630                    14
Stock              6,730,576,038    7 ,311,026,679,343          252,934
Warrant                11,929,100               695,119,300                   631
Total               7,244,854,633     7,359,073,265,273          253,579


Thai PM encourages capital market on sustainable development

Bangkok, February 26, 2015 - Thailand Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, congratulated and granted the awards to ten Thai listed firms selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), and delivered a keynote speech on "Thai Corporations Moving toward Sustainable Growth, DJSI" topic, at a special event to honor the selected firms, encouraging Thai listed companies to play a key role in driving the Thai economy toward sustainability.
SET Chairman Sathit Limpongpan stated, "The prime minister's speech today shows  that the Thai government focuses on supporting business sector, especially the capital market, to be an engine to drive the country's economic, environmental and social growth toward sustainability.  This is in line with SET's commitment to support stakeholders, consisting of intermediaries, investors and listed companies, to operate their businesses under sustainable development principles."
The ten Thai listed companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are considered the highest number of inclusion in ASEAN. Of the ten listed firms, four companies namely PTT pcl (PTT), PTT Exploration and Production pcl (PTTEP), PTT Global Chemical pcl (PTTGC), Siam Cement pcl (SCC), have been selected in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DSJI World), while ten companies namely Banpu pcl (BANPU), Central Pattana pcl (CPN), IRPC pcl (IRPC), Minor International pcl (MINT), PTT pcl (PTT), PTT Exploration and Production pcl (PTTEP), PTT Global Chemical pcl (PTTGC), Siam Cement pcl (SCC), Thai Oil pcl (TOP) and Thai Union Frozen Products pcl (TUF) have been chosen to be in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index (DJSI Emerging Markets).
"SET has been committed to developing quality of Thai listed companies to  achieve international standard. The fact that these Thai firms have become
components in the DJSI has reinforced attractiveness of the Thai listed companies among foreign investors. Currently, there are global mutual funds
focusing on sustainable investment with a combined market capitalization of THB 290 billion (approx. USD 9.1 billion), and it is going on an upward trend," added Sathit.
Trading Summary

As of    3  March 2015  Unit: M.Baht
Type                              Buy                 Sell                   Net
Institution              3,727.41       4,065.99             -338.58     
Proprietary            4,753.45       6,472.08          -1,718.62     
Foreign                12,888.53     11,032.26           1,856.27     
Individual             39,521.58     39,320.65              200.93     
Total Trading Value     60,890.97 M.Baht     


Vietnam index gains 1 pct; foreigners boost big-caps

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   bounced back 1.01 percent at Tuesday's close on foreign investors' strong purchases in some large-caps and amid widespread gains in the rest of the market.
Domestic investors were dominant buyers in the morning session, but solid inflows from the foreign sector, mostly funds, in later trade lifted volume on Tuesday to a high of more than a month at 113 million shares.
Food producer Masan Group   ended up 4.05 percent at 90,000 dong ($4.22) each, a seven-month high, as overseas investors bought nearly 80 percent of its total traded shares, according to Reuters data.
Property firm Vingroup  ended 4.21 percent up at 52,000 dong each, the highest in more than five months, also in solid foreign purchase, while dairy product maker Vinamilk   advanced 0.93 percent.
Analysts said foreign investors' straight net purchase in the previous 12 sessions, though on a declining trend, has cushioned profit taking by domestic investors and could boost the index further with more inflows into big-caps.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close
                           VN Index       596.72              
                  PREV. CLOSE       590.73              
                     % CHANGE        1.01%              
                       HIGH       597.45              
                        LOW       590.42              


SE Asia Stocks-Thai index touches near 6-wk low ahead of market holiday

BANGKOK, March 3 (Reuters) - The key Thai stock index hit a near 6-week closing low on Tuesday as index heavyweight PTT  traded ex-dividend while the Philippine main index came off highs after Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT)  retreated after a weak earnings guidance.
Thai benchmark SET index   dropped 1.2 percent to  1,562.84, the lowest close since Jan. 22. PTT shares, the biggest by market value, closed down 2.9 percent.
 Investors trimmed their risk holdings ahead of a market holiday on Wednesday. Selling hit recent gainers such as telecoms firm Jasmine International Pcl, among high dividend yielding stocks.  
The Philippine main index   erased most of its early gains to end 0.03 percent higher.  
 PLDT shares, the second biggest firm by value, edged down 0.06 percent after rising in early trade after it forecast 2015 net profit to fall for the third consecutive year.
The Jakarta composite index  eased 0.06 percent from Monday's record closing high of 5,477.83. Large cap banks such as Bank Mandiri   and Bank Rakyat Indonesia  fell amid selling by domestic investors.
Stocks in Singapore , Malaysia  and Vietnam   rose amid early positive sentiment in Asia.  

 Market                     Current     Prev Close      Pct Move
 Singapore                3422.11        3403.89            +0.54
 Kuala Lumpur         1821.25        1817.13            +0.23
 Bangkok                  1562.84        1582.14             -1.22
 Jakarta                     5474.62        5477.83             -0.06
 Manila                     7776.51        7773.92            +0.03
 Ho Chi Minh             596.72          590.73             +1.01

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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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