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14 May 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 2.61 points or 0.08% higher to 3455.78, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.69%.

The top active stocks today were UOB, which declined 0.41%, DBS, which gained 0.62%, SingTel, which gained closed unchanged, Keppel Corp, which gained 0.57% and YZJ Shipbldg SGD, with a 1.02% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.14%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.11%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts Index, which rose 0.66%. The two biggest stocks of the Index – CapitaLand Mall Trust and Ascendas REIT – ended 2.36 % higher and 0.83% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which slipped 1.23%. Midas Holdings shares declined 1.33% and Geo Energy Resources rose 1.02%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (+1.73%)

IS MSCI India (+0.28%)

Ishares Usd Asia Hy Bond ETF (+0.19%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (+1.23%)

Ascendas REIT (+0.83%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+2.36%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI26200MBePW150629 (-3.36%)

HSI28200MBeCW150629 (unchanged)

HSI27800MBeCW150528 (-2.63%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW151001 (-0.81%)

UOB MB eCW151002 (-4.35%)

KepCorp MBeCW150901 (+3.57%)

 Singapore Stock Market
                                   Friday                         Thursday
*ST Index           3,456.2  +0.42          3,455.78  +2.61
Volume:                    642.9M                   1,490.6M
Value:                     $563.8M                        $971M
Gainers/Losers:     184/180                      215/222


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
14 May 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 4.53 points or 0.25% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.32% to 16058.96 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.65% to 1302.96 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.22% to 7502.66 points. The market traded within a range of 4.27 points between an intra-day high of 1807.90 and a low of 1803.63 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include VSOLAR, KANGER, JAG, UNISEM-WA, SKPRES-WA, NEXGRAM, BIOHLDG, UEMS, FRONTKN and SMTRACK. Trading volume decreased to 1574.17 mil shares worth RM1794.43 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1688.57 mil shares worth RM2005.61 mil.

Leading Movers were KLK (+66 sen to RM22.00), PETCHEM (+17 sen to RM6.16), CIMB (+11 sen to RM6.00), GENTING (+13 sen to RM9.20) and AXIATA (+6 sen to RM6.79). Lagging Movers were IOICORP (-9 sen to RM4.21), BAT (-38 sen to RM63.74), PPB (-8 sen to RM15.38), SKPETRO (-4 sen to RM2.70) and YTL (-2 sen to RM1.65). Market breadth was positive with 411 gainers as compared to 355 losers.

The KLCI inched up 4.53 points and closed at 1807.55 points amid lack of local catalyst and was in line with overnight US market that ended mixed following rising bond yields and flat retail sales in April. The performance of our local bourse was buoyed by gains in heavyweight counters, such as Petronas Chemicals, CIMB and Tenaga.


Thai bourse market report for April 2015

Bangkok, May 14, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) main index ended April at 1,526.74 points, up 1.4 percent from a month earlier, or up 1.9 percent from end-2014. The combined average daily trading value of SET and mai was THB 42.44 billion (approx. USD 1.29 billion).The combined market capitalization of SET and mai remained high at THB 14.73 trillion. The Bank of Thailand's policy rate cut (for the second consecutive month) and the oil price rise in the global markets were favorable to Resources industry and Petrochemicals & Chemicals sector. Foreign investors were net buyers of equity market for the second consecutive month this year, worth THB 2.10 billion, corresponding with the European Central Bank's implementation of its quantitative easing (QE) policy and Thai government's martial law lift on April 1.

Key highlights for April


- SET Index closed at 1,526.74 points at the end of March, up 1.4 percent from a  month earlier, or up 1.9 percent from the end of 2014.

- At the end of April, the combined market capitalization of SET and mai  increased from a month earlier. SET's was THB 14.32 trillion, up 1.42 percent from a month earlier, or up 3.33 percent from end-2014, while mai's was THB 411.13 billion, up 3.33 percent from a month earlier, or up 7.32 percent from end-2014.

- At the end of April, combined average daily trading value of SET and mai was  THB 42.44 billion, up 36 percent from the same period last year.

- The forward P/E ratio of SET was 15.20 times, while mai's was 22.32 times.

- The dividend yield of SET was 2.93 percent, while mai's was 0.96 percent.

- Foreign investors were net buyers of equity market for the second consecutive
month this year, worth THB 2.10 billion

- Listed companies on SET and mai raised funds through equity worth a combined THB 3.27 billion, wholly from the secondary market. During the four months ended April 30, 2015, the combined fundraising of listed companies on SET and mai was  THB 132.27 billion, a 3.2 times increase over the same period last year.

- In April, derivatives trading volume down to 156,821 contracts, mostly due to  a decrease in single stock futures and SET50 index futures.

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Trading Summary

As of  14 May   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                                  Buy                Sell                     Net
Institution                 3,805.53        4,552.10             -746.57
Proprietary               4,314.78        3,985.00              329.78
Foreign                     9,370.73      10,124.25             -753.52
Individual               17,221.39       16,051.09           1,170.31
Total Trading Value      34,712.44 M.Baht


Vietnam index closes 0.2 pct higher, banks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   edged up 0.16 percent at the close on Thursday in mixed trading, with gains in banking shares cushioning falls in other blue chips.
VietinBank , Vietnam's biggest partially state-owned lender by assets, climbed 2.29 percent and Hanoi-based bank BIDV  advanced 1.16 percent, on buying by foreign investors, while lender Vietcombank  rose 0.52 percent.
Top mobile phone retailer Mobile World Investment Corp, however, dropped 6.79 percent despite reporting late on Wednesday that its first quarter net profit jumped 38 percent from a year ago to 233 billion dong ($10.72 million).  
 Following is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

              VN Index     543.69        
           PREV. CLOSE     542.82        
              % CHANGE      +0.16        
                  HIGH     545.00        
                   LOW     540.72        


SE Asia Stocks - Philippines at one-week high; rate steady as expected

Southeast Asian stock markets ended higher on Thursday after range-bound trading, with the Philippine index extending gains to a one-week high before the central bank's interest rate decision, while investors awaited economic data in the region.

The Philippine main index    rose for a fourth straight session, adding 0.3 percent to 7,831.44, its highest close since May 6.
Interest-rate sensitive bank and property shares were among the actively traded, with Bank of the Philippine Islands  up 0.2 percent and Ayala Land   rising 0.4 percent.
The Philippine central bank kept its benchmark interest rate steady for a fifth meeting in a row on Thursday, as expected, with domestic conditions remaining robust. The announcement came after market close.

The market saw net foreign selling worth 608 million peso ($13.7 million), including selling in Bloomberry Resorts Corp, which reported a quarterly net loss.  
The Thai SET index   ended a tad higher after a choppy session. Investors sold large-caps such as PTT Pcl   and Minor International Pcl  <MINT.BK>  after weak quarterly earnings.

Investors awaited economic data in the region for clues about the health of the region. Key releases on Friday include Indonesia's current account data for the first quarter and Singapore's retail sales for March.

Malaysia is also expected to report first-quarter GDP  growth of 5.5 percent from a year earlier, slower than 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter.   
Thailand's first quarter GDP data is due on Monday.

Indonesia was closed on Thursday for a public holiday, and reopens Friday.

 Market                     Current           Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               3455.78             3453.17              +0.08
 Kuala Lumpur        1807.55             1803.02              +0.25
 Bangkok                 1497.40             1495.95              +0.10
 Manila                    7831.44              7808.35             +0.30
 Ho Chi Minh            543.69                542.82             +0.16

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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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