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Asean Stock Watch- November 1


U.S. stocks closed down overnight amid renewed concerns over the European debt crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 276.10 points, or 2.26 percent at 11,955.01,
The S&P 500 dropped 31.79 points, or 2.47 percent at 1,253.30. All key S&P sectors finished in the red, led by materials and energy.

The Nasdaq composite slipped 52.74 points, or 1.93 per cent at 2,684.41.

Gold prices closed at US$1,721.96 an ounce, while crude oil settled at US$92.68 a barrel.

On Tuesday Bursa Malaysia’s benchmark index was 0.51 percent lower at 1484.21. Losers overwhelmed gainers by 289 to 109 while 177 other counters were traded unchanged.
There were 264 million shares done with a total turnover of RM191.26 million

Philippine financial markets are closed Tuesday for a religious holiday. Trading resumes Wednesday.

Singapore shares closed lower on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index at 2855.77, down 1.72 percent, or 49.95 points.

About 1.5 billion shares exchanged hands.

Losers beat gainers 344 to 128.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 1.57 points or 0.16 percent to close at 974.75 points at the end of trading session on Monday afternoon. The trade value was -18.75 billion baht, with 2.45 billion shares traded.

The SET50 index ended at 691.97 points, down 0.02 points or 0.00 percent, with a total trade value of 14.56 billion baht.

The SET100 index rose 0.52 points or 0.03% to stand at 1,493.52 points, with a total turnover of 16.71 billion baht.

The SETHD index went down 0.71 points or 0.07 percent to stand at 970.19 points, with total trade value of 4.07 billion baht.

The MAI index dropped 0.35 points or 0.14% to close at 242.44 points, with total transaction value of 144.99 million baht.

Top five most active values were as follows;

PTTGC     closed at     65.50 baht, down 1.00 baht (1.50%)
PTT         closed at   306.00 baht, down 6.00 baht (1.92%)
ADVANC   closed at   130.50 baht, up 5.50 baht (4.40%)
SCB         closed at   117.50 baht, down 0.50 baht (0.42%)
BANPU     closed at   628.00 baht, up 2.00 baht (0.32%)

Shares opened trading this Monday up on the Hanoi Stock Exchange, but down on the HCM Stock Exchange due to reduced market volume and value.

In Ha Noi, the HNX-Index rose 0.39 percent to finish today's session at 70.21 points. Market volume totalled nearly 60 million shares, worth over VND658 billion (US$31.3 million), an increase of 17.7 percent in volume and 30.3 percent in value, respectively, compared to Friday's levels.

Advancers inched up decliners by 143-103, with "hot stocks" shares from PetroVietnam Construction (PVX), Kim Long Securities (KLS) and VNDirect Securities (VND) all rising. KLS, on a

volume of over 9 million shares traded, and VND, with 5.38 million exchanged, became the most active codes in Hanoi, both hitting ceiling prices this morning.

In HCM City, the VN-Index declined 0.3 percent to close today at 420.81 points, with losers outnumbering gainers by 135-84.

Market value decreased 17 percent over Friday to just VND580.6 billion ($27.6 million) as nearly 37.9 million shares changed hands.

Blue chips tumbled as among the 10 largest shares led by market capitalisation, only food processor Masan Group (MSN) closed 1.6 percent higher to VND127,000 ($6.05) while others declined or closed unchanged.

Financial conglomerate Ocean Group (OGC), with 3.16 million shares traded, became the most active code in HCM City this morning, also hitting the daily limit of 5 percent to VND12,700 ($0.61).


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