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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  23 May 2014 


23 May 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +12.36 points or +0.38% higher to 3278.02, taking the year-to-date performance to +3.57%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.29% and the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.83%. The top active stocks were CapitaMalls Asia (unchanged), Global Logistic (+1.44%), Yoma Strategic (+11.11%), CapitaLand (+0.94%) and Keppel Corp (+0.38%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+3.83%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (unchanged) and Hyflux (+1.27%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which declined -0.68% with SingTel’s share price declining -0.78% and StarHub's share price remaining unchanged. The FTSE Oil and Gas Index gained +0.40%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were IS MSCI India (-0.14%), DBXT FTSE Vietnam ETF (+0.42%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.12%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCommercial Trust (+2.45%), Suntec REIT (-0.28%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23000MBeCW140627 (+1.24%), HSI22600MBePW140627 (-4.40%), HSI22400MBeCW140627 (+1.55%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140901 (-0.82%), UOB MB eCW140901 (unchanged), KepCorp MBeCW141201 (+2.26%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                Friday                          Thursday
*ST Index         3,278.02  +12.36          3,265.66  +3.88
Volume:                 1,608.5M                       1,410.8M
Value:                    $1,108M                     $1,081.3M
Gainers/Losers:       246/157                          222/193


Trade Summary
Date As of:     23 May 2014    
Description                 Volume                           Value       Frequency
ETF                            22,000                  14,176,300                 94
Stock              3,762,258,853      4,933,985,642,001        161,847
Warrant                31,796,900             1,337,921,600            1,076
Total                3,794,077,753      4,935,337,739,901        163,017


Thai bourse will open securities trading on May 23 as usual

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Market for Alternative Investment (mai), Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX) and Bond Electronic Exchange (BEX) will open
for securities trading as usual tomorrow (May 23, 2014) so that local and foreign investors can invest continuously, until further notice.
In addition, night session trading for Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX) today  (May 22, 2014) will also run as normal.
Trading Summary

As of   23  May  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                       Buy                   Sell                   Net
 Institution           6,337.07           5,478.31            858.76     
Proprietary         4,901.94            4,551.28            350.66     
Foreign               9,787.98          16,564.77       -6,776.78     
Individual          32,489.33          26,921.96         5,567.36     
Total Trading Value     53,516.32 M.Baht            


Vietnam index ends down in thin trade

 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  was almost unchanged on Friday, closing down 0.04 percent  in low trading volume as the market lacked news, analysts said.
Volume on Friday fell 34 percent from a day earlier to 86 million shares, Reuters data showed.
Buying demand was just enough to cover profit taking by cautious investors, said analyst Tran Hai Yen of Bao Viet  Securities.
With no negative news expected next week, the index is likely to hover around the current level, analysts said.
Vietnam's biggest listed bank by capitalisation Vietcombank  fell 2.59 percent, while the country's largest listed company PetroVietNam Gas  edged up 0.54 percent.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                        VN Index      541.49              
               PREV. CLOSE      541.73              
                  % CHANGE      -0.04%              
                    HIGH       545.3              
                     LOW      540.51       


SE Asia Stocks -Thai down on strong foreign outflows after army coup  

Thailand shares fell on Friday as foreign investors continued to exit the country's risky assets, a day after the army chief seized control of the government in a coup, but local investors were in buying mode as no fresh violence was reported.  
Thailand's SET index  fell as much as 2.12 percent to 1,375.41, its lowest close since May 12, but recouped some of the losses by the close.
Outflows stood at 6.6 billion Thai baht ($203.7 million) on Friday, extending net foreign selling to $613.34 million since the army declared martial law on Tuesday.  
However, local investors chose to buy as they saw stability since the army declared martial law.  
Top oil firm PTT Pcl  and Advanced Info Service Pcl  both fell 1.3 percent, pulling the index down.  

Thailand's army chief seized control of the government in a coup late on Thursday, two days after declaring martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.

"In the short term, this is probably the best outcome given the circumstances as the military is looking to find a solution to move the country forward," said John Ford, CIO of the Fidelity Fund for Asia Pacific.  

"However, we need closely to monitor the situation, especially regarding the actions of the Red Shirts," Ford said, referring to the ousted Prime Minister's supporters.
The Thai baht also closed weaker on Friday due to worries about more capital outflows after the bloodless coup.    Other markets closed range-bound, with the Philippines down 0.3 percent, while the Malaysian stock index   lost 0.3 percent, falling for the fourth straight session since hitting a record high on Monday.  
Foreigners bought $87.80 million worth of Malaysian stocks on Friday.  
The Jakarta Composite Index , the worst performer of the week, rose 0.1 percent while Singapore  closed up 0.4 percent.  

 Market                           Current     Prev Close      Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*        421.78            423.08            -0.31
 Singapore                    3278.02          3265.66           +0.38  
 Kuala Lumpur             1869.22          1875.12             -0.31
 Bangkok                     1396.84          1405.21             -0.60
 Jakarta                        4973.06          4969.88            +0.06
 Manila                         6811.33          6830.58             -0.28
 Ho Chi Minh                 541.49            541.73             -0.04

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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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