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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  1 November  2013 


01 November 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 9.47 points higher or -0.29% to 3,201.20, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.08%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.22% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.28%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.36%), Golden Agri-Resources (-1.67%), SingTel (-0.53%), OCBC Bk (-0.39%) and Noble Group (-3.88%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Technology Index (+1.83%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Technology Index are Liongold Corp  (+12.50%) and STATS ChipPAC (-1.47%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Services Index, which declined -0.61% with Genting Singapore’s share price declining -0.98% and Jardine Cycle & Carriage’s share price declining -0.36%. The FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index remained unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the iShares MSCI India (+0.34%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.93%) and CIMB FTSE ASEAN 40 (-0.92%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.50%), CapitaCommercial Trust (unchanged) and Suntec REIT (-0.88%)

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23200MBeCW131128 (-1.09%), HSI24000MBeCW131128 (-2.33%) and HSI23600MBePW131128 (-2.44%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW140102 (-5.73%), OCBC Bk MBeCW140203 (-8.05%) and UOB MB eCW140103 (-8.85%).

Singapore Stock Market
                           Friday           Thursday
*ST Index     3,201.2  -9.47     3,210.67  -19.77
Volume:            2,171.6M             1,829.9M
Value:                $870.9M           $1,295.5M
Gainers/Losers:   245/168               212/223


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
1 Nov 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 3.56 points or 0.20% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.15% to 16654.53 points, the Properties Index up 0.19% to 1311.32 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.01% to 8615.58 points. The market traded within a range of 9.46 points between an intra-day high of 1811.15 and a low of 1801.69 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include UMWOG, HUBLINE, INSTACO-WB, INSTACO, MQTECH, DAYA, XOX, XDL, SUMATEC and TIGER. Trading volume decreased to 1815.49 mil shares worth RM2097.32 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1881.00 mil shares worth RM2196.85 mil.

Leading Movers were PETDAG (+40 sen to RM31.00), SKPETRO (+17 sen to RM4.17), GENTING (+12 sen to RM10.60), HLFG (+10 sen to RM15.22) and KLK (+10 sen to RM23.20). Lagging Movers were PETGAS (-22 sen to RM24.30), BAT (-14 sen to RM63.36), UMW (-10 sen to RM12.70), PBBANK (-8 sen to RM18.22) and FGV (-5 sen to RM4.44). Market breadth was positive with 420 gainers as compared to 360 losers.

The FBMKLCI erased yesterday’s losses by inching up 3.56 points to close the week at 1,810.41. While most regional peers continued yesterday’s losses as most investors held back while awaiting data on U.S. manufacturing growth and uncertainties over the Federal Reserve’s stimulus tapering. We opined that the local bourse was partly lifted by the sub-sector Finance Index via heavyweights such as CIMB and Hong Leong Financial Group.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     01 November 2013    
Description        Volume                       Value    Frequency
ETF                   81,500              52,355,500             101
Stock      4,167,015,149    5,014,316,550,220      157,838
Right             1,073,500                1,073,500              10
Warrant        21,241,000         1,741,213,500             701
Total        4,189,411,149    5,016,111,192,720      158,650                                                                                        


Trading Summary

As of 1 November 2013         Unit: M.Baht
Type                Buy               Sell               Net
Institution      3,068.51       2,305.45         763.07     
Proprietary     2,784.62      2,876.86          -92.24     
Foreign          8,683.31     10,454.53     -1,771.22     
Individual     14,885.25     13,784.85      1,100.39     
Total Trading Value     29,421.69 M.Baht     


Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Friday amid uncertainties over the prospect of a U.S. stimulus cut, with weak earnings adding selling pressure on Indonesian shares, while political tensions weighed on Thai stocks.
Asian shares struggled on Friday, as surveys showing improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity were eclipsed by anxiety over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to taper its massive stimulus after upbeat U.S. data.  
Stocks in Indonesia and Thailand underperformed the region.

Jakarta's Composite Index fell 1.3 percent to 4,450.43, the lowest since Oct. 9, in relatively active volume.

Bank Rakyat Indonesia, the most actively traded, slid 3.2 percent to its lowest in more than three weeks.
Shares in PT Astra International and PT Bumi Resources slipped into negative territory after both reported weak results for the nine months ended September.
The benchmark JCI is poised to end the week 2.9 percent lower, Southeast Asia's worst performer. Foreign investors sold a net 192,741 million rupiah ($17.1 million) in the week to Thursday, Thomson Reuters data showed.
Bangkok's SET index was down 1 percent in thin market, led by losses in Kasikornbank and Siam Commercial Bank, amid protests against the political amnesty bill.

It is on track for a weekly loss of 1.8 percent, a second consecutive week of decline, with net foreign selling of $34 million so far in the week to Thursday.

Brokers said investors should reduce risk holdings in the near term due to political uncertainty.
"Investors should closely watch for the number of protesters joining tonight and also this weekend after the House passed the 2nd and 3rd readings of the amnesty bill early this morning," strategists at Maybank Kim Eng Securities wrote in a note to
The Philippine stock market is shut on Friday.      

 Market                      Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*     417.56         421.28       -0.88
 Singapore                 3198.22       3210.67       -0.38
 Kuala Lumpur           1808.90       1806.85       +0.11
 Bangkok                   1428.38       1442.88       -1.00
 Jakarta                     4450.43       4510.63       -1.33
 Ho Chi Minh               497.08         497.41       -0.07


Indonesian shares fell for a second session on Friday amid  uncertainties over the U.S. stimulus cut, while Thai stocks retreated in thin market due to rising domestic political tension.

Jakarta's Composite Index closed down 1.7 percent at 4,432.59, the lowest close in almost four weeks.

Foreign investors sold $47.90 million, taking their selling on the week to $64.94 million, Thomson Reuters data showed.

Indonesia was Southeast Asia's worst performer on the week, with the JCI index down 3.2 percent, the biggest weekly drop since late September and reversing three weeks of gains.

Among losers, shares in PT Bumi Resources Tbk dropped 2.2 percent after the thermal coal exporter reported weak earnings.  

Broker Bahana Securities maintained its "reduce" rating on the stock.
"As we are of the view that coal industry outlook will remain bleak going forward, we expect BUMI's market underperformance to linger," the broker said in a report.
Thai SET index  fell about 1 percent, ending the week 1.8 percent lower, the second worst in the region.
Thai stock exchange saw light trading volume amid protests against the political amnesty bill.  
Stocks in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam posted modest weekly losses. The Philippines, which was shut on Friday, eked out a weekly gain of 0.7 percent, outperforming its peers.

Market                     Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*   417.58         421.28       -0.88
 Singapore               3201.20       3210.67       -0.29  
 Kuala Lumpur         1810.41       1806.85      +0.20
 Bangkok                 1429.08       1442.88       -0.96
 Jakarta                   4432.59       4510.63       -1.73
 Ho Chi Minh             497.08         497.41       -0.07


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