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07 March 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 13.49 points or 0.48% lower to 2823.51, taking the year-to-date performance to -2.05%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 0.13%, Noble, which gained 7.14%, SingTel, which declined 1.58%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.80% and Keppel Corp, with a 1.64% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.07%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.79%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which rose 2.78%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Industries – ended 1.64% higher and 1.59% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which slipped 1.45%. SingTel shares declined 1.58% and StarHub declined 0.29%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.21%)

STI ETF (-0.35%)

Lyxor China H 10 (-0.42%)

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

Capitacom Trust (-2.37%)

Capitamall Trust (-1.84%)

Ascendas REIT (-2.05%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI19800MBeCW160330 (-1.41%)

HSI20600MBeCW160330 (-6.67%)

HSI19200MBePW160330 (-12.73%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (+3.68%)

KepCorp MBeCW161212 (+8.51%)

UOB MB ePW160601 (+3.18%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
Singapore Stock Market
                             Monday                     Friday
*ST Index        2,823.51-13.49            2,837+49.38
Volume:                2,794.6M                   2,040.1M
Value:                 $1,542.9M                 $1,748.5M
Gainers/Losers:      268/168                      273/143


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
7 March 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 5.44 points or 0.32% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.21% to 14393.48 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.33% to 1136.46 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.50% to 7857.92 points. The market traded within a range of 16.11 points between an intra-day high of 1710.20 and a low of 1694.09 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include AAX-WA, AAX, ARMADA, XOX-WA, XOX, AIRASIA, EKA, VIVOCOM, EKA-WA and APFT. Trading volume increased to 2436.57 mil shares worth RM2453.86 mil as compared to Friday’s 1779.23 mil shares worth RM2160.18 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+28 sen to RM8.66), YTL (+3 sen to RM1.59), PETDAG (+30 sen to RM24.74), KLK (+28 sen to RM24.00) and BAT (+54 sen to RM57.00). Lagging Movers were PETCHEM (-3 sen to RM6.85), MISC (-10 sen to RM8.80), AMMB (-5 sen to RM4.48), CIMB (-3 sen to RM4.60) and KLCC (-1 sen to RM7.04). Market breadth was negative with 317 gainers as compared to 594 losers.

The KLCI closed higher at 1697.93 amid overnight gains in US Market. The performance of our benchmark was lifted following higher oil prices and better-than-expected US jobs data in February.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     07 March 2016     
Description      Volume                            Value       Frequency
ETF                 112,200                   15,034,800                   12
Stock      5,221,436,651        5,494,954,436,464           294,454
Warrant          5,914,242                 187,406,662                  332
Total      5,227,463,093          5,495,156,877,926           294,798


Thai alternative bourse's listed firms post 10 pct earnings growth in 2015

- 2015 net profit up 10.19 pct from 2014 at THB 5.72 billion (approx. USD 161 mln)

- Property & Construction, Financials and Resources as top three profit growth industries
Bangkok, March 7, 2016: Thai companies listed on Market for Alternative Investment (mai) reported the 2015 combined net profit of THB 5.72 billion (approx. USD 161 million), up 10.19 percent from a year earlier. Property & Construction, Financials and Resources were top three profit growth industries.

mai President Prapan Charoenprawatt said that the aggregated profits came from 118 companies out of a total of 122 companies that filed their 2015 financial reports (excluding those not submitting the report in time and non-compliance group), of which 87 companies or about 74 percent made net profits. The combined sales were THB 124.9 billion (approximately USD 3.5 billion), up 1.79 percent from a year earlier. With a 2.16 percent decrease of operating costs to THB 94.5 billion, the total gross profit margin increased to 24.33 from 21.27 percent in 2014, thereby their total net earnings increase to THB 5.72 billion, up 10.19 percent.

"The overall performance of mai listed companies in 2015 showed continued growth, compared to a year earlier, especially companies in the alternative energy business which started to recognize their investment revenues from selling commercial electricity, however, some were still facing higher depreciation and financial cost due to business expansions. Classified by industry, firms in Property & Construction, Financials and Resources reported higher profits than the previous year," said Prapan.

Of the total mai-listed firms, there were eight companies that have reported profit growth for three consecutive years from 2013-2015, Akkhie Prakarn pcl (AKP), Arrow Syndicate pcl (ARROW), Bangkok Dec-Con pcl (BKD), Energy Absolute pcl (EA), East Coast Furnitech pcl (ECF), Gratitude Infinite pcl (GIFT), New Plus Knitting pcl (NPK), and Thai Nakarin Hospital pcl (TNH).

As of March 4, 2016, the mai index closed at 495.88 points, down 5.12 percent from the beginning of this year, with a total market capitalization of 309.42 THB  billion (USD 8.7 billion) and average daily trading value of 1.33 billion.

The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) was 54.89 times.

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Trading Summary

As of 7 March 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                        Buy              Sell            Net
Institution          7,113.14        4,868.84       2,244.30
Proprietary        6,885.98        7,039.82         -153.83
Foreign           13,593.07       12,653.48          939.58
Individual        34,519.65       37,549.70      -3,030.06
Total Trading Value     62,111.84 M.Baht

Vietnam index rises 0.44 pct, energy stocks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  rallied 0.44 percent at the close on Monday, with gains in energy stocks offseting losses in other big caps.
PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  jumped 6.7 percent to 49,400 dong ($2.22), its highest closing level since Aug. 18, 2015, on higher oil prices and after local media reported a possible stake sale in the firm's subsidiary.  
Dairy products maker Vinamilk  VNM.HM , the country's top firm by market value, dropped 0.76 percent, while four out of
six listed lenders stood flat.  
Following is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

          VN Index  576.20            
       PREV. CLOSE  573.65            
          % CHANGE   +0.44            
              HIGH  580.95            
               LOW  575.39   

SE Asia Stocks-Mixed as inflows continue; energy shares outperform

Southeast Asian stock markets ended mixed on Monday, with Singapore snapping a six-day winning streak as investors cashed in quick gains in overbought large-caps, but a rally in oil- related stocks brought the Thai index to a near four-month high.
Singapore's Straits Times Index  .STI  was down 0.5 percent after Friday's sixth-straight gain, with selling in shares seen
as being overbought, such as Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp  OCBC.SI .
Thailand's SET index  .SETI  rose 1.2 percent to 1,398.38, the highest close since Nov. 10. Shares of PTT Exploration and
Production  PTTEP.BK , the second biggest energy firm by market value, surged 7.6 precent as global oil prices jumped.  
Key indexes in Malaysia  .KLSE  and Vietnam  .VNI  ended moderately higher, extending their strong performances last
week. Indonesia  .JKSE  and the Philippines  .PSI  both drifted into negative territory on selling led by domestic investors.
Inflows to the emerging sharemarkets continued from last week, led by Malaysia's 383 million ringgit ($93.87 million) and
 Indonesia's 502 billion rupiah ($38.36 million).
Stocks in Asia  .MIAPJ0000PUS  hit a two-month high after upbeat U.S. jobs data and a rise in oil prices.  

 Market                   Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore              2823.51         2837.00           -0.48
 Kuala Lumpur       1697.93          1692.49          +0.32
 Bangkok               1395.75          1379.53          +1.18
 Jakarta                  4831.57          4850.88           -0.40
 Manila                  6892.69           6899.07          -0.09
 Ho Chi Minh          576.20             573.65         +0.44

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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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