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28 May 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 7.17 points or 0.21% lower to 3417.77, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.56%.

The top active stocks today were Singtel, which declined 0.96%, DBS, which declined 0.59%, UOB, which declined 0.09%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.77% and JMH USD, with a 1.16% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.28%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.12%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which rose 1.07%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - Raffles Medical Group and Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation – ended 0.23% higher and 7.65% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 1.52%. Silverlake Axis shares declined 2.77% and STATS ChipPAC remained unchanged.

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

United SSE 50 China ETF (-3.45%)

Lyxor China H 10 (-4.19%)

DBXT MSCI China TRN ETF (-3.40%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+0.40%)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (-0.31%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (-0.45%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI28200MBeCW150629 (-34.40%)

HSI27000MBePW150629 (+43.48%)

HSI29000MBeCW150629 (-44.79%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

SingtelMBePW160603 (+8.00%)

DBS MB eCW151001 (-8.60%)

DBS MB eCW150915 (-6.16%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                 Thursday                         Wednesday
*ST Index          3,417.77  -7.17               3,424.94  -35.04
Volume:                1,879.2M                          1,639.1M
Value:                 $1,108.3M                        $1,297.2M
Gainers/Losers:     194/260                            171/285


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
28 May 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 0.51 points or 0.03% on Thursday. The Finance Index fell 0.09% to 15685.33 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.03% to 1259.79 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.41% to 7315.26 points. The market traded within a range of 8.71 points between an intra-day high of 1759.43 and a low of 1750.72 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include FRONTKN, K1, XINGHE-WA, K1-WB, SUMATEC, XINGHE, PRIVA, KNM, OPENSYS and CAP-WA. Trading volume decreased to 1616.49 mil shares worth RM1904.65 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1781.11 mil shares worth RM2190.51 mil.

Leading Movers were IOICORP (+6 sen to RM4.05), PBBANK (+18 sen to RM18.96), IHH (+5 sen to RM5.80), PETDAG (+16 sen to RM20.00) and PETGAS (+14 sen to RM21.94). Lagging Movers were HLFG (-48 sen to RM15.52), BAT (-102 sen to RM62.98), GENTING (-10 sen to RM8.50), MISC (-8 sen to RM8.26) and DIGI (-4 sen to RM5.66). Market breadth was negative with 324 gainers as compared to 420 losers.

The KLCI closed flat with 0.51 points higher at 1755.56 despite overnight gains in US markets with the Nasdaq hitting record high. Market sentiment remained muted due to lack of positive fresh lead. The performance of our local bourse was in line with most of the regional peers following a slump in Shanghai Composite index amid concern of brokerages tightening margin lending.


Trading Summary

As of  28 May   2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                              Buy                    Sell                       Net
Institution                3,645.51         2,488.94              1,156.57
Proprietary              3,210.67         4,398.15             -1,187.48
Foreign                    8,452.75         9,178.28                 -725.53
Individual               16,199.91      15,443.47                  756.44
Total Trading Value     31,508.85 M.Baht


Vietnam index closes at over 9-wk high, volumes up

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   rose 1.1 percent to close at 572.97, its highest since March 20, with volumes jumping by around one-third as investors sought to buy blue-chips, including banks.
Petrovietnam Gas, the country's biggest listed firm by market value, ended up 1.6 percent. All the six listed banks also advanced, led by Eximbank   which gained 6.45 percent.
Volumes jumped 32 percent from the previous session to 151.8 million shares, well above the five-day average of 127.56 million shares.
Banks in Vietnam posted a credit growth of 4.26 percent as of May 20 compared with the end of 2014, accelerating from a rise of 1.11 percent during the same period a year ago, the National Financial Supervisory Commission said on Thursday.  
Following is a snapshot of the VN Index   at close

                     VN Index       572.97              
            PREV. CLOSE       566.48              
                % CHANGE        +1.15              
                 HIGH       576.92              
                  LOW       564.73              


SE Asia Stocks -Thai index closes at 2-week low; most others fall

Thai shares fell on Thursday as investors cut risk holdings a day before the release of April economic data, while most other Southeast Asian stock markets ended weaker as Asia weighed in the risk of a likely U.S. interest rate hike this year.  
The Thai SET index   ended down 0.5 percent at 1,493.61, the lowest close since May 12. Large caps underperformed as the SET 50 index   eased 0.6 percent, led by losses in the country's biggest firm, PTT , and the number three, Siam Cement .
 Investors waited for the Bank of Thailand's monthly economic data due on Friday, while a weaker-than-expected April factory output released early in the day kept players on the sidelines.
Trading volume of the Thai stock market was about 77 percent  of the 30-day average, while foreign investors sold shares worth a net 726 million baht ($21.50 million).
Among weak spots in the region, stocks in the Philippines extended losses for a sixth straight session after downbeat first-quarter GDP growth. The key share index   ended down 1.2 percent, marking the lowest close since Jan. 22.
 Philippine economic growth unexpectedly slowed to a six-year low in the first quarter, but the central bank said it would not ease policy as consumer and public spending were set to pick up.
 Market                     Current           Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore               3417.77              3424.94             -0.21
 Kuala Lumpur        1755.56              1755.05            +0.03
 Bangkok                 1493.61              1500.84             -0.48
 Jakarta                    5237.40              5253.39             -0.30
 Manila                    7505.03              7598.70             -1.23
 Ho Chi Minh            572.97                566.48            +1.15

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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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