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09 March 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 31.66 points or 1.14% higher to 2810.43, taking the year-to-date performance to -2.51%.

The top active stocks today were Ezra, which gained 20.00%, DBS, which gained 0.73%, SingTel, which gained 1.34%, Keppel Corp, which gained 3.99% and Noble, with a 3.33% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.54%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 1.32%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which rose 4.43%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Industries – ended 3.99% higher and 5.52% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Industrials Index, which slipped 0.49%. Jardine Matheson Holdings shares declined 1.24% and Jardine Strategic Holdings declined 2.50%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-1.49%)

IS MSCI India 100 (+1.11%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia Etf 10 (unchanged)

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

Capitamall Trust (+0.47%)

Ascendas REIT (+1.28%)

Capitacom Trust (+1.06%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI19800MBeCW160330 (+1.65%)

HSI19600MBePW160428 (-1.49%)

HSI20200MBeCW160428 (+9.38%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

KepCorp MBeCW161212 (+13.79%)

DBS MB eCW160711 (+6.45%)

NKY 18000MBeCW160610 (-4.67%)

For real time price updates throughout the course of the trading day, investors can access and sort market information here.
Singapore Stock Market
                             Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index         2,810.43  +31.66           2,778.77  -44.74
Volume:                   2,021M                      2,595.3M
Value:                 $1,204.1M                     $1,389.6M
Gainers/Losers:      243/147                          128/304


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
9 March 2016

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.51 points or 0.09% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.39% to 14284.22 points, the Properties Index up 0.13% to 1134.21 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.18% to 7854.01 points. The market traded within a range of 9.42 points between an intra-day high of 1686.35 and a low of 1676.93 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include AAX-WA, AAX, AIRASIA, XOX, SUNZEN-WB, EKA, HSI-HT , CHINHIN, SKH and SONA-WA. Trading volume decreased to 1826.93 mil shares worth RM1900.66 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 2005.63 mil shares worth RM2065.80 mil.

Leading Movers were GENTING (+33 sen to RM8.68), MISC (+15 sen to RM8.85), GENM (+5 sen to RM4.29), YTL (+1 sen to RM1.59) and HLBANK (+8 sen to RM13.18). Lagging Movers were PETCHEM (-13 sen to RM6.73), MAXIS (-8 sen to RM6.30), WPRTS (-4 sen to RM4.00), MAYBANK (-8 sen to RM8.70) and UMW (-6 sen to RM6.97). Market breadth was positive with 446 gainers as compared to 341 losers.

The KLCI ended marginally lower at 1686.35 points amid overnight losses in Wall Street. Market breadth was negative as investors were cautious on absence of fresh positive leads.


Trading Summary

As of 9 March 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                       Buy          Sell              Net
Institution         3,521.73       4,752.20      -1,230.47
Proprietary       7,716.30       6,554.71       1,161.59
Foreign          16,931.44      16,437.12         494.32
Individual       28,052.74     28,478.18         -425.44
Total Trading Value     56,222.21 M.Baht


Vietnam index drops 0.5 pct; banks lead loss     

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  closed down 0.52 percent on Wednesday, with banks leading the decliners and big caps moving mixed in volatile trade.
Half of the country's listed lenders headed south, including Vietcombank  VCB.HM , Vietnam's second-biggest firm by market value, dropped 0.48 percent and BIDV  BID.HM  lost 2.25 percent.
Over 125.2 million shares changed hand, much below the five-day average of 141.6 million.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

           VN Index    571.71            
        PREV. CLOSE    574.71            
           % CHANGE    -0.52%            
               HIGH    576.32            
                LOW    571.48            

SE Asia Stocks-Malaysia trims losses after cenbank keeps rate as expected      

Southeast Asian stock markets were mixed on Wednesday, with Malaysia trimming most early losses after the central bank maintained its policy rate as expected while stocks in Thailand gained more than 1 percent on foreign buying.
Kuala Lumpur's composite index  .KLSE  ended 0.09 percent lower, with foreign investors buying shares for a ninth straight day.
Malaysia's central bank maintained its key interest rate at 3.25 percent on Wednesday as expected, and kept unchanged a reserve requirement ratio that it cut in January.

The Thai SET index  .SETI  climbed 1.2 percent as energy shares such as PTT Global Chemical  PTTGC.BK  and IRPC  IRPC.BK  
rose in line with oil prices.  
Foreign investors bought Malaysian and Thai shares worth a net 147 million ringgit ($36 million) and 494 million baht ($14million), respectively.
Singapore  .STI  rebounded 1.1 percent after two days of losses while Vietnam  .VNI  fell for a second day, with banks leading the decliners. Indonesia was closed for a public holiday, reopening on Thursday.  

 Market                  Current       Prev Close       Pct Move
 Singapore              2810.43         2778.77           +1.14
 Kuala Lumpur       1686.35          1687.86           -0.09
 Bangkok               1390.66          1374.62          +1.17
 Manila                   6948.18          6915.51          +0.47
 Ho Chi Minh           571.71            574.71           -0.52

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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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