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19 May 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 37 points or 1.33% lower to 2740.11, taking the year-to-date performance to -4.95%.

The top active stocks today were Global Logistic, which declined 3.15%, SingTel, which declined 1.55%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.36%, DBS, which declined 0.40% and ThaiBev, with a 4.47% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 1.08%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.84%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which declined 0.54%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Keppel Infrastructure Trust and SIIC Environment Holdings – ended 1.01% higher and 1.59% lower respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which slipped 2.61%. Keppel Corp shares declined 2.61% and Sembcorp Industries declined 2.86%.

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

STI ETF (-0.71%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-1.35%)

Nikko Am Singapore STI ETF (-1.05%)

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

Ascendas REIT (-2.16%)

Capitamall Trust (-1.44%)

Capitacom Trust (-2.13%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI20200MBeCW160629A (-10.67%)

HSI21200UBeCW160929 (-9.46%)

HSI20400UBeCW160929 (-5.20%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (-4.82%)

OCBC Bk MBeCW161004 (+2.82%)

Singapore Stock Market
                               Friday                      Thursday
*ST Index     2,760.34  +20.23          2,740.11  -37
Volume:               300.3M                      1,181.3M
Value:                $299.6M                    $1,054.5M
Gainers/Losers:  144/104                        132/269


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
19 May 2016

The FBM KLCI index lost 1.96 points or 0.12% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.58% to 14267.19 points, the Properties Index up 0.16% to 1154.09 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.45% to 7516.1 points.

Actively traded stocks include VIVOCOM, AAX, AAX-WA, VIVOCOM-WB, AIRASIA, MAYBANK, CIMB, COMPUGT, AEM and EKA. Trading volume decreased to 1393.46 mil shares worth RM1804.87 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1881.21 mil shares worth RM1993.99 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+222 sen to RM51.30), IOICORP (+8 sen to RM4.26), WPRTS (+6 sen to RM4.28), PPB (+20 sen to RM16.00) and SKPETRO (+2 sen to RM1.60). Lagging Movers were GENTING (-25 sen to RM8.65), UMW (-14 sen to RM5.48), MAYBANK (-18 sen to RM8.48), DIGI (-5 sen to RM4.57) and PETCHEM (-4 sen to RM6.36). Market breadth was negative with 355 gainers as compared to 415 losers.

The KLCI extended its midday losses and closed lower at 1633.76 points amid overnight mixed performance in Wall Street after Federal Reserve meeting minutes boosted speculation that the central bank will raise interest rates as soon as June.

Trade Summary
Date As of:     Thursday, May 19, 2016     
Description         Volume                                  Value      Frequency
ETF                          14,400                    10,562,000                   09
Stock           6,435,462,211       9,332,685,334,970          231,931
Right                66,246,152                  108,709,952                    77
Warrant            24,111,700                  283,242,900                   492
Total           6,525,834,463       9,333,087,849,822           232,509

Trade Summary
Date As of:     Thursday, May 19, 2016     
Description             Volume             Value       Frequency
Institution             2,892.14       4,371.62       -1,479.48
Proprietary            4,100.05       4,994.19          -894.14
Foreign                11,565.32     11,434.00           131.32
Individual            21,530.09     19,287.79        2,242.30
Total Trading Value     40,087.61 M.Baht


Vietnam shares fall 0.5 pct; banks, energy stocks lead

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  closed down 0.5 percent on Thursday, led by banking and energy stocks, as investors took profits after the market hit a near 10-month high in the previous session.
Shares of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam  BID.HM , the country's biggest listed lender by assets, lost 2.1 percent, VietinBank  CTG.HM  declined 1.1 percent and Vietcombank  VCB.HM  fell 1.8 percent.
PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  and four other energy stocks also joined the decline, due in part to lower global oil
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close
                  VN Index       619.20              
         PREV. CLOSE       622.45              
            % CHANGE       -0.52%              
                HIGH       623.68              
                 LOW       618.13                                                        


SE Asia Stocks-Fall on U.S. rate rise concerns

Southeast Asian stocks fell on Thursday, in line with Asian markets, as the likelihood of a U.S. rate increase in June lifted the dollar to a near two-month high and left bonds, stocks, commodities and emerging markets all nursing
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting took the market off guard after they revealed most policymakers thought a June rise would be appropriate if the U.S. economy continued its recent improvement. 
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  fell more than 1 percent to its lowest since March 9.    
"In general, a rate hike in June could be seen as a positive, as it suggests that the US economy is doing a lot
better," said Carey Wong of Singapore-based OCBC Investment Research.
"But market remains divided if other central banks will follow in the Fed's footstep, and that could create some
uncertainty and increased volatility."       
Philippines  .PSI  fell nearly 1.5 percent, its first loss in five sessions, shrugging off strong quarterly GDP growth data
released earlier in the day.  
Financial stocks  .PSFI  took a hit, with heavyweights Bank of the Philippine Islands  BPI.PS  and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co  MBT.PS  closing 1.1 percent and 3.2 percent lower, respectively.
Singapore's Straits Times index  .STI  fell 1.3 percent.
Financial stocks  .FTFSTAS8000 , the biggest constituent of the index, fell 1 percent, dragged down by United Overseas Bank Ltd  UOBH.SI  and DBS Group Holdings Ltd  DBSM.SI .
Indonesia  .JKSE  hit a near three-month closing low, led down by telecom and utilities, while Thailand  .SETI  fell 1
percent to a one-week closing low.
  STOCK MARKETS                                  
  Market                  Current       Previous Close     Pct Move
  Singapore             2740.11             2777.11               -1.33
  Bangkok               1385.86              1400.5                -1.05
  Manila                  7427.33               7534.3               -1.42
  Jakarta                4704.217          4734.357                -0.64
  Kuala Lumpur     1633.76             1635.72                -0.12
  Ho Chi Minh            619.2               622.45                -0.52

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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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