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19 May 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 5.53 points or 0.16% lower to 3454.04, taking the year-to-date performance to +2.64%.

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which declined 0.46%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.67%, Keppel Corp, which declined 0.23%, CapitaLand, which gained 1.98% and UOB, with a 0.21% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.18%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.48%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which rose 1.77%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Midas Holdings and Geo Energy Resources – ended 2.70% higher and 4.06% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Services Index, which slipped 0.53%. Jardine Cycle & Carriage shares declined 0.32% and Genting Singapore declined 2.07%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.70%)

IS MSCI India (+0.27%)

United SSE 50 China ETF (+3.78%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (-0.61%)

Ascendas REIT (unchanged)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (+0.91%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI28200MBeCW150629 (+9.16%)

HSI27000MBePW150629 (-7.74%)

HSI26200MBePW150629 (-10.92%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

SingTelMBeCW160603 (-5.56%)

KepCorp MBeCW150901 (-8.05%)

DBS MB eCW151001 (-1.61%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                        Tuesday             Monday
*ST Index              3,454.04  -5.53          3,459.57  -3.53
Volume:                    1,787.8M                    1,739.5M
Value:                         $972.8M                    $961.4M
Gainers/Losers:         253/203                     244/207


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
18 May 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 11.58 points or 0.64% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.31% to 16137.2 points, the Properties Index up 0.07% to 1310.58 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.52% to 7556.81 points. The market traded within a range of 7.56 points between an intra-day high of 1816.35 and a low of 1808.79 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include FRONTKN, KANGER, AAX-OR, MALAKOF, HUBLINE, NEXGRAM, NOVAMSC, SCN, CAP and CAP-WA. Trading volume increased to 2201.46 mil shares worth RM1777.62 mil as compared to Friday’s 1746.15 mil shares worth RM1845.16 mil.

Leading Movers were PETGAS (+156 sen to RM23.48), PPB (+58 sen to RM16.06), TENAGA (+36 sen to RM14.30), HLFG (+24 sen to RM16.54) and GENTING (+10 sen to RM9.00). Lagging Movers were FGV (-2 sen to RM2.06), GENM (-4 sen to RM4.26), BAT (-42 sen to RM64.50), ASTRO (-2 sen to RM3.14) and SIME (-5 sen to RM8.99). Market breadth was positive with 459 gainers as compared to 348 loser.

The KLCI jumped to 1823.50 points at closing following a last-minute surge. The KLCI traded sideways throughout the session below the resistance of 1830 points amid lack of fresh positive leads.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     19 May 2015    
Description    Volume                           Value     Frequency
ETF                               2,900                    1,425,600                     05
Stock               6,542,936,107    6,439,118,676,695           235,490
Warrant                      7,123,600               319,551,800                   502
Total              6,550,062,607    6,439,439,654,095               235,997


Thai bourse joins ten banks to promote convenient investment access

BANGKOK, May 19, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and ten commercial banks create synergy in a phenomenal event, under the campaign "Easy Investing @ Banks," aiming to promote wealth management and financial services at bank branches during May 21-24 at Future Park Rangsit department store, Pathumthani province, the northern part of Bangkok.

SET Executive Vice President Santi Kiranand said that under a SET's key strategic plan targeting at investment access across the board for Thai people
nationwide, the Thai bourse's domestic roadshows this year would highlight very convenient investment access by uniting with banks and their brokerage subsidiaries to attract the unmet demand among residents in the suburbs of Bangkok, particularly potential investors and novice investors, so they could reach investment channel at fingertips via bank branches and eventually open securities accounts more conveniently.

"The campaign is part of a joint project, called "Banker to Broker," of SET and  ten commercial banks jointly organized for four years, with proven success by an increasing number of new trading accounts opening via bank branches of 128,026 accounts, in which half of the figure was added in 2014, or 56,553 accounts.

Meanwhile, opening securities accounts via commercial banks in department stores tends to increase at a more rapid speed, reflecting people's new modern lifestyle. Thus, the campaign has been created and launched at Future Park Rangsit, a suburban mall in a highly populated area to attract entrepreneurs, working people,  government officials and students. Continually, the fair will be held in the southern part of Bangkok at The Mall Bangkae department store in August. We hope that the fair will help draw interest from potential investors in the suburban areas of Bangkok to access investment channel conveniently," added Santi.

Trading Summary

As of  19 May   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                              Buy              Sell                     Net
Institution             7,209.48       4,471.32        2,738.17
Proprietary           4,624.65       4,435.13           189.52
Foreign                 8,825.19       9,434.91          -609.72
Individual            20,664.81     22,982.78      -2,317.97
Total Trading Value     41,324.13 M.Baht


Vietnam index ends up 1.5 pct on value buying

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   rebounded 1.49 percent on Tuesday in higher volume, boosted by value-buying after two sessions of falls.
 A total of 146 shares gained, led by PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's biggest listed firm by market value, followed by Hanoi-based lender VietinBank   . The two stocks fell in the previous session.
As many as 93.79 million shares changed hands, above the five-day average of 84.31 million.
The index hit a five-month low on Monday on strong selling by domestic investors.  
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                   VN Index       536.82              
                PREV. CLOSE       528.95              
                   % CHANGE        +1.49              
                       HIGH       537.19              
                        LOW       530.00            


SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia at 3-week high; cbank holds rate as expected

Indonesian shares hit a three-week closing high on Tuesday after the central bank held policy interest rate steady as expected, with lending rules
eased to boost economy, while the Thai key index ended near a three-week, led by large caps.
Jakarta composite index  ended the day up 0.6 percent  at 5,269.37, the highest close since April 24. It traded little changed in early hours before the interest rate decision.
Indonesia's central bank kept its benchmark rate unchanged at 7.50 percent despite slowing economic growth. It said it would support economic growth by loosening some lending requirements for banks.
Shares in Bank Rakyat Indonesia    extended gains on the day to 2.3 percent, closing at the highest level in more than three weeks. Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and Bank Central Asia    all ended higher.
The Thai SET index   advanced 1.03 percent to  1,525.96, the highest close since April 30. Shares of PTT , PTT Global Chemical  <PTTGC.BK>  and Charoen Pokphand Foods    were the top three most actively traded large caps by turnover.
"Technical indicators pointed to buying signals today and we had domestic investors previously underowning shares entering the market," said senior strategist Viwat Techapoonphol at Tisco Securities.
Shares in the region ended mixed, with Singapore  falling for a second day, Malaysia   retreating from Monday's near two-week closing high and the Philippines snapped a sixth-day winning streak.
Vietnam    rebounded 1.5 percent boosted by value-buying after two sessions of falls.  
 Market                      Current     Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               3454.04          3459.57               -0.16
 Kuala Lumpur       1809.72           1823.50               -0.76
 Bangkok                1525.96           1510.41              +1.03
 Jakarta                    5269.37          5237.81              +0.60
 Manila                    7871.31          7910.43               -0.49
 Ho Chi Minh           536.82             528.95              +1.49

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
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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