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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  5 March 2014 

05 March 2014
The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +11.93 points higher or +0.38% to 3116.64, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.52%.
The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.20% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.20%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.74%), Noble Group (+2.89%), SingTel (-0.56%), GLP (unchanged) and OCBC (-0.32%).
The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index (+2.23%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index are Wilmar International (+0.87%) and Thai Beverage (+4.20%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -0.81% with Midas Holdings’ share price remaining unchanged and SunVic Chemical’s share price declining -2.26%. The FTSE ST Basic Materials Index declined -0.81%.  The FTSE ST Financials Index declined -0.30%.
The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (unchanged), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.40%), SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (unchanged).
The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.52%), Ascendas REIT (+0.46%), CapitaCommercial Trust (-1.72%).
The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22600MBePW140429 (+6.06%), HSI23000MBeCW140429 (-11.32%), HSI22800MBeCW140328 (-18.06%).
The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140604 (-7.21%), UOB MB ePW140602 (+7.69%), NobleGrpMBeCW150102 (+4.00%).
Singapore Stock Market
                        Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index     3,116.64  +11.93       3,104.71  +17.24
Volume:            2,121.6M                   3,220.5M
Value:              $1,163.7M                 $1,079.8M
Gainers/Losers:     221/214              303/158
Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
5 Mar 2014
The FBM KLCI index gained 2.65 points or 0.15% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.21% to 16461.12 points, the Properties Index up 0.59% to 1312.56 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.20% to 8795.71 points. The market traded within a range of 3.61 points between an intra-day high of 1831.62 and a low of 1828.01 during the session.
Actively traded stocks include INGENCO, WINTONI-WA, IRIS, AISABIO, DAYA, TIGER-WB, KNM, SCOMI, SUMATEC and ASUPREM. Trading volume increased to 2403.27 mil shares worth RM2154.19 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2192.35 mil shares worth RM2172.96 mil.
Leading Movers were GENTING (+15 sen to RM10.12), PPB (+44 sen to RM16.36), PBBANK (+8 sen to RM19.06), CIMB (+4 sen to RM7.08) and MAYBANK (+3 sen to RM9.65). Lagging Movers were AXIATA (-4 sen to RM6.54), TENAGA (-4 sen to RM11.96), KLK (-18 sen to RM23.64), MISC (-5 sen to RM6.35) and ASTRO (-4 sen to RM3.09). Market breadth was positive with 466 gainers as compared to 323 losers.
The KLCI inched up higher to close at 1829.11 points today, tracking the overnight gain in US market following the easing on the concern over Ukraine-Russia unrest. 
Trade Summary
Date As of: 05 March 2014
Description      Volume                           Value   Frequency
ETF                   15,500                  7,735,100            113
Stock     5,308,358,492   6,517,110,037,641     231,711
Right                  66,400                       66,400              02
Warrant     190,293,700           4,367,803,600         2,296
Total       5,498,734,092   6,521,485,642,741     234,122
Trading Summary
As of 5 March 2014      Unit: M.Baht
Type                Buy             Sell             Net
Institution 3,851.84 4,426.04   -574.21
Proprietary 3,747.53 4,076.91   -329.38
Foreign         9,251.89 7,015.84   2,236.05
Individual 16,840.69 18,173.15  -1,332.46
Total Trading Value 33,691.94 M.Baht
Vietnam index rises 0.9 pct on cheap share hunting Vietnam's benchmark VN Index climbed 0.87 percent to close at 574.94 points on Wednesday as investors picked up stocks that lost over the past sessions, analysts said. 
The index bounced back from a three-week low on Tuesday thanks to bargain buying around the support level of 565 points, analysts said.  
"The market seemed to be confident," said analyst Nguyen Phong at Viet Capital Securities.  
Property firm Vingroup led the gains. Its shares advanced 1.36 percent after a three-session fall of 3.9 percent. 
PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's largest listed firm, rose 0.61 percent, and food producer Masan Group increased 1.04 percent. 
The index might hover between 565-590 points by the end of March, said analyst Tran Thang Long at BIDV Securities.     
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close 
                 VN Index       574.94             
              PREV. CLOSE       569.97             
                 % CHANGE        0.87%             
                     HIGH        577.5             
                      LOW       569.97             
SE Asia Stocks-Mostly up as Ukraine worries ease 
Southeast Asian markets ended firmer on Wednesday as fears of an imminent military conflict in Ukraine eased after Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks, and 
investors bought into the region's risky assets, led by Indonesia.   
The Jakarta Composite Index  ended up 1.3 percent to its highest since Sept. 19 led by financials, recording foreign inflows of $70.38 million for the day. 
Indonesia's biggest lender, Bank Central Asia,gained 0.7 percent after posting a 21.6 percent rise in its net profit for financial year 2013.    
Philippine shares  rose 1 percent to a near four-month closing high with a $29.85 million net foreign inflow, while Malaysia  edged up 0.2 percent.  
The Thai SET index  added 0.4 percent, gaining for a seventh straight session as foreign interest helped boost sentiment for a third day on easing political unrest in Bangkok 
as well as in Ukraine, analysts said.  
Foreigners bought a net $68.8 million worth of Thai shares, extending inflows to $144 million in the first three sessions of this week, after having offloaded stocks worth a net $3.9 billion since November through Friday. 
Singapore ended 0.4 percent firmer while Vietnam's benchmark VN Index gained 0.9 percent from a three-week low touched in the previous session. 
 Market                     Current     Prev Close    Pct Move 
 TR SE Asia Index*   400.63        397.84       +0.70 
 Singapore               3116.64       3104.71       +0.38 
 Kuala Lumpur        1829.11       1826.46       +0.15 
 Bangkok                1351.64       1345.82       +0.43 
 Jakarta                   4659.17       4601.28       +1.26 
 Manila                    6456.14       6394.60       +0.96 
 Ho Chi Minh             574.94        569.97       +0.87 

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By David Swartzentruber      

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