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09 May 2016

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 35.26 points or 1.29% higher to 2766.06, taking the year-to-date performance to -4.05%.

The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 3.46%, DBS, which gained 0.27%, Noble, which declined 13.58%, OCBC Bank, which gained 1.20% and Ascendas REIT, with a 1.25% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.25%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.62%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which rose 3.27%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - SingTel and StarHub – ended 3.46% higher and 1.81% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which slipped 1.55%. Silverlake Axis shares declined 0.90% while CSE Global gained 1.22%.

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

STI ETF (+1.08%)

SPDR Gold Shares (-0.16%)

DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF 10 (+1.55%)

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

Ascendas REIT (+1.25%)

Capitamall Trust (+3.90%)

Capitacom Trust (-1.07%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI21200UBeCW160929 (unchanged)

HSI20000MBePW160530 (-13.27%)

HSI20600MBeCW160530 (-1.79%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160711 (-3.53%)

 Singapore Stock Market
                              Monday                     Friday
*ST Index     2,766.06  +35.26     2,730.8  -37.01
Volume:              1,053.7M                    967.3M
Value:                  $931.2M               $1,173.8M
Gainers/Losers:    159/222                   136/270


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
09 May 2016

The FBM KLCI index lost 17.17 points or 1.04% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 0.18% to 14511 points, the Properties Index up 0.06% to 1166.3 points and the Plantation Index down 0.79% to 7491.44 points. The market traded within a range of 19.42 points between an intra-day high of 1651.61 and a low of 1632.19 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include AAX-WA, AAX, VIVOCOM, VIVOCOM-WB, AIRASIA, WINTONI, SKPETRO, RA, FLONIC-WB and PALETTE. Trading volume increased to 1687.93 mil shares worth RM1545.26 mil as compared to Friday’s 1575.15 mil shares worth RM1822.30 mil.

Leading Movers were MAYBANK (+9 sen to RM8.76), KLCC (+5 sen to RM7.25), CIMB (+3 sen to RM4.69), PBBANK (+10 sen to RM19.06) and BAT (+22 sen to RM47.22). Lagging Movers were IHH (-3 sen to RM6.51), PETCHEM (-30 sen to RM6.11), IOICORP (-14 sen to RM4.16), PETGAS (-70 sen to RM20.90) and MAXIS (-17 sen to RM5.37). Market breadth was negative with 336 gainers as compared to 484 losers.

The KLCI halted its winning streak last Friday and closed lower at 1632.19 points despite overnight gains in US markets. The performance of KLCI was bogged down by selling in heavy weight counters such as Petronas Gas, MISC and IOI Corp.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     09 May 2016     
Description         Volume                            Value        Frequency
ETF                      54,900                    26,752,700                   15
Stock       4,750,739,651        6,069,476,721,711         305,267
Warrant           8,989,700                    68,479,100                 150
Total        4,759,784,251        6,069,571,953,511         305,432


Thai bourse highlights "SET-TFEX: Your Investment Opportunity" at Money Expo 2016

BANGKOK, May 4, 2016 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) continues to expand investment opportunities for Thai investors, offering a variety of equity and derivatives products and cutting-edge investment tools, through "SET-TFEX: Your Investment Opportunity," its flagship zone at the upcoming MONEY EXPO 2016, during May 12th -15th  at Impact Exhibition & Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani, underlining SET's commitment to increase quality investor base further.

SET Senior Executive Vice President Rinjai Chakornpipat stated, "To continuously expand our investor base, SET has focused on providing financial literacy for Thais, particularly, on how to select proper investment instruments that are suitable to their risk appetite for their investment portfolios.  From past statistics, return from our Thai stock has an average of about 8.4 percent per year during 1975-2015. In addition, in the first quarter of 2016, return from
the SET index is 9 percent, the highest rate in the region. Based on these figures, it is fair to state that the return on the Thai stock market is quite attractive and we, thus, encourage investors to start considering these investment vehicles as tools to accumulate wealth."

"The 'SET-TFEX: Your Investment Opportunity' is designed to help enhance investment opportunities for Thais, facilitating investors in the digital investment era to utilize online innovative tools and media to search for information; and to select the suitable investment instruments -- either stocks ,derivatives or mutual funds -- for their portfolio. SET also cooperates with members to hold workshops, seminars and consulting sessions aimed to enhance
investment knowledge and update new investment technology for investors," added Rinjai.

The "SET-TFEX: Your Investment Opportunity" zone showcases highlights of various investment products from stocks, derivatives and mutual funds, featuring one-on-one consultation sessions from leading broker members to help investors build the right investment portfolio catering to individual needs. Another attraction will be the cutting-edge digital tools for investment and trading, such as a new online feature of Settrade Streaming that provides financial
information from "Jitta," an investing platform that simplifies stock analysis, and many others. On top of this, there will be 15 topics of seminars with intensive workshops conducted by well-known investors and professional analysts throughout the four-day event, with lots of tips on stock selection and portfolio planning. "SET-TFEX: Your Investment Opportunity," an investment zone at MONEY EXPO 2016 will be held on  12th -15th  May, 2016, from 10.00-21.00 hrs at Challenger Hall 2-3, Impact, Muang Thong Thani.

Trading Summary

As of 9 May 2016  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                         Buy                Sell             Net
Institution        4,595.53       3,837.64         757.89
Proprietary       4,553.17      5,350.84         -797.67
Foreign          13,602.47     15,501.39     -1,898.92
Individual      20,809.13     18,870.42      1,938.70
Total Trading Value     43,560.29 M.Baht


Vietnam shares snap four-session winning streak           
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI dropped 0.4 percent on Monday, snapping a four-session winning
streak, with most shares heading south in robust trade.
Losers outnumbered gainers by over two to one. Insurer BaoViet Holdings  BVH.HM  led the fall with a drop of 4.2
percent after rallying 22 percent last month. Top lender Vietcombank  VCB.HM  declined 1.2 percent.
Dairy product maker Vinamilk  VNM.HM , the country's biggest firm by capitalisation, rose 1.4 percent ahead of a shareholder meeting next week, while PetroVietnam Gas  GAS.HM  advanced nearly 1 percent on upbeat oil prices.
As many as 145.4 million shares changed hands, compared with the five-day average of 133.8 million.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close

            VN Index   603.85              
         PREV. CLOSE   606.52              
            % CHANGE   -0.44%              
                HIGH   612.97              
                 LOW   603.85              


SE Asia Stocks-S'pore snaps 10-day losing streak, Indonesia hits over 2-month low

Singapore shares rose on Monday, snapping a 10-session losing streak, helped by a rally in U.S. stocks late last week, while most other Southeast Asian markets suffered losses led by Indonesia, which fell to its lowest in over two months.
U.S. stocks bounced back on Friday from early losses to close higher as investors viewed the day's jobs data as less
disappointing than first thought.  
"Singapore stock market opened higher as positive sentiments spilled over from the positive U.S. close last Friday," said Hong Wei Wong, an analyst at KGI Fraser Securities.
However, investors may take the opportunity to sell into rallies due to the weak economic outlook ahead, he said.
Singapore's Straits Times index  .STI  closed up 1.3 percent. Oil rig firm Keppel Corp  KPLM.SI  closed up 1 percent,
while Sembcorp Marine  SCMN.SI  rose 0.6 percent, after gaining as much as 2.6 percent earlier.
Indonesian shares  .JKSE  closed down 1.5 percent, led by utilities, while Malaysia  .KLSE  fell 1 percent as industrials
lost ground.
The losses came on the heels of China's April trade data, released on Sunday, which doused investor hopes of a sustainable economic recovery, with both exports and imports falling more than expected.  
Indonesian natural gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara  PGAS.JK  fell 4.9 percent.
"For Indonesia we expect a choppy session in the near horizon, with a downward bias, following a soft 1Q16 GDP print," said KDB Daewoo Indonesia analyst Taye Shim.
"In terms of flow, we suspect that foreigners will keep their selling bias while locals are likely to remain sidelined
given lack of positive catalyst."     
The Philippine market remained closed for Presidential elections for which Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of the southern city of Davao, has emerged as the front runner.  
The Philippine index  .PSI  fell 2.3 percent last week.
"There is increasing jitters over the upcoming presidential elections as the economic policies of the current front runner - Rodrigo Duterte - remain unknown," Maybank said in a note.
  Market                    Current       Prev Close   Pct Move
  Singapore              2766.06              2730.8         1.29
  Bangkok                1394.14              1390.7         0.25
  Manila                   6991.87            6999.75        -0.11
  Jakarta                 4749.315          4822.595       -1.52
  Kuala Lumpur      1632.19            1649.36        -1.04
  Ho Chi Minh           603.85              606.52        -0.44

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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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