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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  7 March 2014 


07 March 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +7.09 points higher or +0.23% to 3136.26, taking the year-to-date performance to -0.90%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.18% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.34%. The top active stocks were GLP (+1.42%), Noble Group (+1.87%), GoldenAgri (unchanged), DBS Group (-0.55%) and HanKore (unchanged).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+1.73%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are Hyflux (+2.08%) and HanKore (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Financials Index, which declined -0.06% with DBS Group’s share price declining -0.55% and OCBC’s share price declining -0.42%.The FTSE ST Basic Materials Index gained +1.01%.  The FTSE ST Financials Index declined -0.06%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+1.17%), IS MSCI India (+1.47%), SPDR Straits Times Index ETF (unchanged).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.52%), Keppel REIT (+0.43%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22600MBePW140429 (+2.36%), HSI23000MBeCW140429 (-5.94%), HSI22800MBeCW140328 (-7.46%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140604 (-5.56%), KepCorp MBeCW140603 (+6.20%), UOB MB eCW140701 (-8.09%).

Singapore Stock Market
                              Friday                    Thursday
*ST Index       3,136.26  +7.09     3,129.17  +12.53
Volume:                2,376.7M               1,997.8M
Value:                 $1,056.4M             $1,134.9M
Gainers/Losers:       229/204                  242/182


7 Mar 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.43 points or 0.35% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.17% to 16548.34 points, the Properties Index up 0.35% to 1330.34 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.40% to 8972.6 points. The market traded within a range of 4.61 points between an intra-day high of 1836.48 and a low of 1831.87 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include IRIS, LUSTER, HHHCORP, TIGER, TIGER-WB, DAYA, DBHD, XDL, EAH and AT. Trading volume decreased to 1574.53 mil shares worth RM1814.07 mil as compared to Thursday’s 2278.00 mil shares worth RM2377.00 mil.

Leading Movers were MAYBANK (+4 sen to RM9.74), IHH (+3 sen to RM3.88), SKPETRO (+1 sen to RM4.44), SIME (+1 sen to RM9.24) and HLFG (+12 sen to RM15.58). Lagging Movers were TENAGA (-14 sen to RM11.98), AXIATA (-6 sen to RM6.49), GENTING (-10 sen to RM10.02), TM (-10 sen to RM5.80) and GENM (-6 sen to RM4.29). Market breadth was positive with 450 gainers as compared to 357 losers.

The benchmark KLCI ended lower at 1832.26 points, as investors were taking profit on selected blue chips following the surge of our local bourse on yesterday. Nevertheless, broader market breadth remained positive where the number of gainers outpaced number of losers, as investors’ sentiment was supported by the overnight gains of U.S. market.


mai-listed companies post rising sales in 2013

-       Annual sales up 3 pct to THB 108 bln despite economic uncertainties

-       Higher operating costs drag 2013 net profit down 12.5 pct from a year earlier

-       APCO, ARIP, ILINK, JUBILE, L&E achieve profit growth for 3 years in a row  

BANGKOK, March 7, 2014 – Thai companies listed on Market for Alternative Investment (mai), under The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) group, reported 2013 combined sales of THB 108.42 billion (approx. USD 3.36 billion), up 2.91 percent from a year earlier, while net earnings dropped 12.45 percent to THB 4.78 billion (USD 148 million), hit by a 9.7 percent rise of operating costs from business expansion and rising investment.
The aggregated profits came from 94 companies out of a total of 95, of which about 80 percent made net profits for the financial year ending December 2013. The total gross profit margin was maintained at about 20.87 percent, while net profit margin decreased to 4.41 percent from 5.18 percent a year earlier.

"The Services sector could maintain its net profit growth in 2013, but high production costs and operating expenses put pressure on the financials, manufacturing and property sectors, resulting in a decrease in 2013 net profit. Classified by industry, three industry group reported remarkable performances in 2013 with the highest profit growth among mai-listed firms, which were the Resource (RESOURC), Agribusiness and Food (AGRO), and Consumer Products (CONSUMP), respectively,” said mai President Prapan Charoenprawatt.

Of the total mai-listed firms, five have posted continuing net profits since 2011; these were Asian Phytoceuticals pcl (APCO), ARIP pcl (ARIP), Interlink Communication pcl (ILINK), Jubilee Enterprise pcl (JUBILE) and Lighting & Equipment pcl (L&E).

Trading Summary
As of  7 March  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                         Buy                    Sell                  Net        
Institution             3,851.26          2,561.31            1,289.96     
Proprietary          2,654.39          3,339.43              -685.04     
Foreign                5,483.32          5,849.36              -366.04     
Individual           15,793.94        16,032.81              -238.87     
Total Trading Value     27,782.91 M.Baht     


Vietnam index hits 1-wk high, slight falls expected

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  ended up 0.21 percent 579.75 points, an one-week high, lifted by gains in some blue chips and penny stocks, while analysts expected the index would fall slightly soon.
Ho Chi Minh City-based lender Sacombank  climbed 3.48 percent and property firm Vingroup   advanced 0.67 percent.
"Investors also bought penny stocks, partly to avoid big-cap shares which are expected to be sold by exchange-traded funds in coming weeks during their portfolio restructuring," said analyst
Vu Thi Thu Trang at APEC Securities.
The index might have some corrections soon due to the funds' selling, but is unlikely to fall below its support level of 565 points as macro economic outlook is positive, Trang said.
The index ended on Friday at the highest level since Feb. 28, when it closed at 586.48 points.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close
                      VN Index       579.75              
              PREV. CLOSE       578.56              
                 % CHANGE        0.21%              
                     HIGH       582.24              
                      LOW        579.1


SE Asia Stocks-Thai near 3-month high; US jobs data awaited

Thai stocks rose to a near three-month high on Friday, gaining for a ninth straight session on hopes the worst of the political unrest in the country was over, while other Southeast Asian markets ended mixed ahead of a key U.S. non-farm payrolls report later in the day.
Investors are awaiting U.S. employment data for February that is expected to provide clues about the pace at which the U.S. Federal Reserve may reduce its monthly bond-buying, analysts said.
Thailand's SET index   ended 0.2 percent firmer, led by construction shares to its highest close since Dec. 12, after having witnessed a net foreign inflow of $200 million in the past five sessions through Thursday.  
On Friday, however, Bangkok stocks witnessed foreign investment outflow of $11.33 million.
Although political turmoil in the country is yet to end, some analysts believe the worst of the street unrest is over and energy and tourism-related stocks are expected to outperform the broader market.
Singapore's share index   ended 0.2 percent up at a more than six-week high, gaining for a fourth straight session and posting a fourth straight weekly gain, while Vietnam  ended 0.2 percent firmer.
Bucking the trend, the Jakarta Composite Index  retreated from a more than five-month high, to close 0.04 percent lower.
The Philippines  index fell 0.5 percent and Malaysia  ended 0.4 percent weaker from a more than four-week high.
Foreign investors, however, snapped up $30.99 million worth of shares in Manila and $9.80 million worth in Jakarta.  
 Market                          Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*        404.94          404.40         +0.13
 Singapore                     3136.26       3129.17         +0.23
 Kuala Lumpur              1832.26        1838.69         +0.35
 Bangkok                      1355.08        1352.21         +0.21
 Jakarta                         4685.89        4687.86         -0.04
 Manila                          6481.83        6516.82         -0.54
 Ho Chi Minh                  579.75          578.56         +0.21

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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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