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04 May 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 38.13 points or 1.36% lower to 2773.07, taking the year-to-date performance to -3.80%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which closed unchanged, SingTel, which declined 1.83%, OCBC Bank, which declined 0.81%, Wilmar Intl, which declined 3.31% and UOB, with a 0.60% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 1.56%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.91%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Industrials Index, which declined 0.3% . The two biggest stocks of the Index - Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings – ended 1.28% higher and 1.03% lower respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index, which slipped 2.79%. Keppel Corp shares declined 2.78% and Sembcorp Industries declined 2.48%.

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

SPDR Gold Shares (-1.31%)

STI ETF (-0.71%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF 10 (-0.87%)

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

Ascendas REIT (-2.85%)

Capitamall Trust (-1.95%)

Capitacom Trust (-0.71%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI20600MBeCW160530 (-15.69%)

HSI20000MBePW160530 (+22.22%)

HSI20000MBePW160629 (+9.89%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB ePW161003 (+0.76%)

DBS MB eCW160705 (-2.78%)

UOB MB eCW160705 (-7.25%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                               Wednesday                   Tuesday
*ST Index           2,773.07  -38.13      2,811.2  -27.32
Volume:                     897.5M                  901.1M
Value:                   $1,230.2M               $1,075.7M
Gainers/Losers:        102/276                 151/258


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
04 May 2016

The FBM KLCI index gained 6.14 points or 0.37% on Wednesday. The Finance Index increased 0.25% to 14445.31 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.09% to 1166.44 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.00% to 7621.22 points. The market traded within a range of 23.39 points between an intra-day high of 1659.44 and a low of 1636.05 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MINETEC-WA, AAX-WA, VIVOCOM, SKPETRO, SONA-WA, AAX, SGB, AIRASIA, VIVOCOM-WB and MINETEC. Trading volume increased to 1699.11 mil shares worth RM2134.43 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 1694.39 mil shares worth RM1733.60 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+380 sen to RM46.80), CIMB (+14 sen to RM4.68), IHH (+16 sen to RM6.56), GENM (+10 sen to RM4.54) and ASTRO (+6 sen to RM2.73). Lagging Movers were SKPETRO (-5 sen to RM1.59), MAYBANK (-6 sen to RM8.54), KLK (-20 sen to RM23.18), RHBCAP (-5 sen to RM5.95) and KLCC (-6 sen to RM7.24). Market breadth was positive with 483 gainers as compared to 342 losers.

The KLCI halted its losing streak and managed to close higher at 1657.58 points despite overnight losses in US market. The reverse of our local bourse was mainly aided by bargain hunting activities with buying interest in heavyweight counters such as CIMB, IHH Healthcare and Genting Malaysia.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     04 May 2016     
Description         Volume                             Value            Frequency
ETF                         2,700                    2,144,700                         05
Stock        6,236,351,590      6,912,306,894,896               244,027
Warrant            5,257,600                   63,410,400                       139
Total         6,241,611,890       6,912,372,449,996               244,171


Trading Summary

As of 4 May 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                         Buy                  Sell                Net
Institution         2,923.24         4,641.22      -1,717.99
Proprietary        3,300.14         3,049.96          250.18
Foreign             8,434.90          9,803.50     -1,368.60
Individual       17,928.65        15,092.25       2,836.41
Total Trading Value     32,586.93 M.Baht


Vietnam index edges up; Vinamilk leads gainer

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  edged up 0.12 percent at the close on Wednesday, with gains in several big caps cushioning losses in most shares.  
Top dairy products maker Vinamilk  VNM.HM , the country's top firm by capitalisation, led the market with a 2.16-percent rise.
Steel firms gained after local media reported the government had revised anti-dumping tax rates on steel imports from certain countries, including China and Indonesia.
Hoa Phat Group  HPG.HM  climbed 4.48 percent to a more than six-month closing high of 35,000 dong ($1.57).  
Following is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close.

              VN Index   599.07               
           PREV. CLOSE   598.37               
              % CHANGE    +0.12               
                  HIGH   603.08               
                   LOW   592.43               

SE Asia Stocks-Up after early losses; Philippines ends 8-day losing streak

Most Southeast Asian stocks recouped early losses on Wednesday with the Philippine index posting its first gain in nine sessions while Indonesian shares recovered from an initial fall following the release of economic growth data.  
The Philippine stock index  .PSI  rose 0.5 percent, rebounding from a 2.9 percent drop in the last eight sessions.
Shares of conglomerate group JG Summit Holdings Inc  JGS.PS  led with a 3.2 percent gain after ending at a four-week low on Tuesday, while property developer SM Prime Holdings  SMPH.PS rose 1.8 percent.     
Indonesia's stock index  .JKSE  ended 0.2 percent higher, after falling as much as 0.97 percent earlier as first-quarter
GDP growth came in at 4.92 percent, below the median expectation of 5.05 percent in a Reuters poll.
Heavyweight consumer stocks such as Unilever Indonesia  UNVR.JK  and cigarette firm HM Sampoerna  HMSP.JK  were among the biggest gainers, helping to prop up the index.
"Compared to the fourth quarter, consumption was a bit higher in the first quarter. The cause of slowdown was actually slower government spending, while consumption did fine," said Sebastian Tobing, head of research at Trimegah Securities in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Singapore  .STI  fell 1.4 percent as shares of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd  STEL.SI  and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd  OCBC.SI  extended losses.
CIMB downgraded its rating on OCBC shares and cut its target price to S$8.8 from S$10.01.  

Singapore tracked wider Asian markets where MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan     dropped 1.3 percent.
Concern over global growth is re-escalating after the latest China PMI data and as the European Commission lowered its inflation forecast, analysts at KDB Daewoo Securities in Jakarta wrote in a note.
Activity at China's factories shrank for the 14th straight month in April as demand stagnated, forcing companies to shed jobs at a faster pace, a private survey showed on Tuesday.
The Thai and Indonesian markets will remain closed on May 5-6 for public holidays and will reopen on May 9.     

 Market                   Current       Prev close     Pct change
 Singapore             2773.07           2811.2             -1.36
 Kuala Lumpur     1657.58         1651.44              0.37
 Bangkok                 1390.7         1397.87            -0.51
 Jakarta                  4822.60         4812.26              0.21
 Manila                  7081.86         7046.57                0.5
 Ho Chi Mihn          599.07           598.37              0.12

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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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