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23 May 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 3.11 points or 0.11% higher to 2766.93, taking the year-to-date performance to -4.02%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 0.53%, Global Logistic, which declined 1.64%, SingTel, which gained 0.78%, OCBC Bank, which gained 0.36% and UOB, with a 0.56% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.08%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.14%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which rose 0.74%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - SingTel and StarHub – ended 0.78% higher and 0.29% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which slipped 0.99%. Keppel Corp shares declined 1.12% and Sembcorp Industries declined 1.42%.

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

Nikko AM Singapore STI ETF (+0.35%)

STI ETF (+0.36%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.50%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+0.87%)

Capitacom Trust (-0.36%)

Capitamall Trust (+0.98%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI20200MBeCW160629A (-7.50%)

HSI20400UBeCW160929 (-5.00%)

HSI20800UBeCW160629 (-9.68%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (+2.30%)

UOB MB eCW160705 (-8.11%)

OCBC Bk MB eCW161003 (+3.03%)

Singapore Stock Market
                             Monday                           Friday
*ST Index      2,766.93  +3.11         2,763.82  +23.71
Volume:             1,022.8M                        892.7M
Value:                 $690.2M                       $885.3M
Gainers/Losers:   197/193                        204/176


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
23 May 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 6.10 points or 0.37% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.30% to 14291.42 points, the Properties Index up 0.58% to 1155.18 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.75% to 7518.73 points. The market traded within a range of 13.40 points between an intra-day high of 1634.83 and a low of 1621.43 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include AAX-WA, XOX-WA, AAX, XOX, XINGHE-WA, MULPHA-OR, EKA, INIX, VIVOCOM and VIVOCOM-WB. Trading volume increased to 1738.76 mil shares worth RM1384.15 mil as compared to Friday’s 1712.03 mil shares worth RM1638.87 mil.

Leading Movers were IHH (+13 sen to RM6.62), GENM (+7 sen to RM4.33), IOICORP (+6 sen to RM4.24), HLFG (+16 sen to RM15.08) and PETDAG (+24 sen to RM23.64). Lagging Movers were ASTRO (-5 sen to RM2.69), UMW (-5 sen to RM5.65), PETGAS (-4 sen to RM21.28), AXIATA (-4 sen to RM5.37) and WPRTS (-3 sen to RM4.25). Market breadth was negative with 337 gainers as compared to 451 losers.

The KLCI closed higher at 1634.89 points amid last Friday’s gain in US market following new home sales improved. The performance of our local bourse was lifted by buying interest in heavy weight counters such as IHH Healthcare, Genting Malaysia and IOI Corp.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     23 May 2016
Description              Volume                  Value                   Frequency
ETF                            9,700                     4,057,900                       12
Stock           3,479,108,542      4,077,652,972,170             179,713
Right                47,795,226                  998,506,103                    475
Warrant             46,275,700                 567,849,800                     985
Total            3,573,189,168       4,079,223,385,973             181,185


Trading Summary

As of 23 May 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                            Buy               Sell                 Net
nstitution            2,326.38        3,664.38       -1,338.00
Proprietary         3,846.69        4,124.57           -277.88
Foreign             12,525.50      12,074.00            451.49
Individual         17,862.78      16,698.39         1,164.39
Total Trading Value     36,561.35 M.Baht


Vietnam stock index ends down in volatile trade; banks lead fall           

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  closed down 0.61 percent for a fourth straight session of losses on Monday, with banking stocks leading the decliners in a volatile trade.  
The country's five of six listed lenders headed south, including Vietcombank  VCB.HM , Vietnam's second biggest firm by market value, which dropped 2.74 percent, followed by VietinBank  CTG.HM  that slipped 2.29 percent.
As many as 99.9 million shares changed hand, far below the five-day average of 128.5 million.     

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

             VN Index    611.03              
          PREV. CLOSE    614.81              
             % CHANGE    -0.61%              
                 HIGH    616.83              
                  LOW    610.45              


SE Asia Stocks-Cautious ahead of US GDP data, Yellen speech

outheast Asian stocks were largely flat to higher as investors turned cautious ahead of preliminary U.S.
GDP data and speeches by Fed policymakers this week that will likely give cues on a possible rate increase by the U.S. Fed in June.
Investors will listen closely to a slew of U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers this week, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen who appears at a panel event hosted by Harvard University on Friday, to gauge how soon they will raise interest rates.  
The key precondition for a rate hike that U.S. policy-setters outlined in April was signs of economic growth
picking up in the second quarter and of employment and inflation firming up, minutes from the FOMC meeting showed last week.
With no second-quarter GDP data due until the end of July, investors are likely to focus on the second estimate of U.S.
first-quarter growth due out on Friday.  
"This week, global investors would wait for preliminary US GDP data and Janet Yellen speech on Friday," Jakarta-based brokerage firm Reliance Securities said.

Indonesian stocks  .JKSE  closed higher, driven by  financials  .JKFINA , which gained nearly 1 percent.
Bank Mandiri  BMRI.JK , Indonesia's biggest bank by assets, closed 1.7 percent higher.

The Philippine index  .PSI  snapped two sessions of losses to end marginally higher after rising as much as 0.7 percent
intraday. The rally was led by financials with BDO Unibank Inc  BDO.PS  finishing 0.5 percent higher.
The index lost 1.9 percent last week.  
"Volatility remains a expect sharp intraday movements this week," Philippine brokerage firm Regina Capital said in a note.
Thai stocks  .SETI , dragged down by telecom shares, closed 0.3 percent lower. The Thai market was closed on Friday for a public holiday.

GSM mobile phone operator Advanced Info Service PCL  ADVANC.BK  lost 3.2 percent.
Asian shares mostly rose earlier, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  up 0.3 percent, clawing back after last week's 0.5 percent loss.
  STOCK MARKETS                                  
  Market                     Current     Previous  Close   Pct Move
  Singapore                2766.93         2763.82                0.11
  Bangkok                 1381.69          1385.86              -0.30
  Manila                    7306.69          7299.03                0.10
  Jakarta                  4743.662        4711.878                0.67
  Kuala Lumpur       1634.89          1628.79                 0.37
  Ho Chi Minh            611.03             614.81               -0.61

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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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