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08 March 2018

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 29.75 points or 0.86% higher to 3480.44, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.28%. For more observations, go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 0.50%, Singtel, which gained 0.60%, UOB, which gained 1.27%, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.76% and Venture, with a 0.44% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.67%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.62%.

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

IS MSCI India (unchanged)

STI ETF (+0.58%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.63%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+2.35%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.77%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+1.51%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI31600MBeCW180427 (+25.22%)

HSI31200MBeCW180328 (+37.66%)

HSI30200MBePW180328 (-25.66%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180808 (+3.49%)

UOB MB eCW180806 (+10.26%)

KepCorp MBeCW180910 (+16.95%)

Singapore Stock Market
                             Thursday               Wednesday
*ST Index     3,480.44  +29.75       3,450.69  -41.23
Volume:            1,977.8M                    2,667.9M
Value:                $1,133M                  $1,509.7M
Gainers/Losers:  279/138                       155/309


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
8 March 2018

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.72 points or 0.09% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.06% to 18010.66 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.25% to 1129.59 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.24% to 8033.88 points. The market traded within a range of 8.37 points between an intra-day high of 1846.67 and a low of 1838.30 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include QES, SAPNRG, NEXGRAM, SKH, HBGLOB, NWP, HUAAN, HENGYUAN-CM, HIBISCS and ASDION. Trading volume decreased to 2227.11 mil shares worth RM2057.11 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 3108.43 mil shares worth RM3174.29 mil.

Leading Movers were NESTLE (+300 sen to RM140.00), RHBBANK (+7 sen to RM5.31), KLCC (+10 sen to RM7.80), AMMB (+5 sen to RM3.97) and TM (+7 sen to RM5.63). Lagging Movers were YTL (-6 sen to RM1.34), ASTRO (-3 sen to RM2.33), HLBANK (-14 sen to RM18.56), MISC (-3 sen to RM6.75) and DIGI (-2 sen to RM4.72). Market breadth was positive with 475 gainers as compared to 431 losers.

The KLCI inched up and closed slightly higher at 1839.62 points despite overnight mixed performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was in line with our regional peers with stocks clawing back gains after sliding in the previous session following news of potential US tariff exemptions.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     08 March 2018     
Description            Volume                              Value             Frequency
ETF                    1,007,100                    110,847,500                        46
Stock         10,076,068,328          9,241,615,524,194               489,329
Warrant            30,492,422                  8,083,794,548                  1,479

Total          10,107,567,850           9,249,810,166,242              490,854


Trading Summary     
As of 8 March 2018    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy                Sell              Net
Institution          8,193.61      6,946.12       1,247.49
Proprietary        8,702.18     10,190.37     -1,488.19
Foreign            25,613.22     27,178.13     -1,564.91
Individual        29,346.84     27,541.23       1,805.61
Total Trading Value     71,855.85 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-Most gain; Indonesia snaps 6-day losing streak

Most southeast Asian markets rose on Thursday, with Indonesia and Vietnam gaining more than 1 percent
each, as fears of a global trade war eased after the White House said some trade partners may be exempted from President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs.
Broader Asian peers   climbed nearly 1 percent after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Canada, Mexico and a clutch of other countries may be exempted from impending hefty U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
Indonesia  .JKSE  rose after six consecutive days of losses,helped by gains in lenders including Bank Central Asia 
and Bank Negara Indonesia  BBNI.JK , up more than 3 percent each.
An index of the country's 45 most liquid stocks rose as much as 1.3 percent.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  were lifted by real estate company Vingroup  VIC.HM  and financial intermediary Vietnam Prosperity , with both hitting all-time highs.
Thai shares  .SETI  declined for a seventh straight session, their longest losing streak since November 2015, as energy  company PTT Pcl  PTT.BK  shed 1.5 percent and property developer Central Pattana  CPN.BK  dropped nearly 5 percent.
Philippine shares  .PSI  were down 0.3 percent, with financials dragging the index lower, a day before the release of
January trade balance data. Philippines had finished 2017  posting its largest ever annual trade deficit, pressuring the
peso  PHP=PDSP .  
BDO Unibank  BDO.PS  and Ayala Corp  AC.PS  lost more than 2 percent each.
 Market               Current        Previous     Pct Move
 Singapore            3480.44       3450.69        0.86
 Bangkok             1778.9          1781.64       -0.15
 Manila                8381.85        8404.69       -0.27
 Jakarta                6443.021      6368.267      1.17
 Kuala Lumpur    1839.62        1837.9          0.09
 Ho Chi Minh      1124.15        1112.26         1.07                     

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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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