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20 November 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 1.92 points or 0.07% lower to 2917.91, taking the year-to-date performance to -13.29%.

The top active stocks today were DBS, which declined 0.59%, SingTel, which gained 0.52%, NOL, which declined 0.89%, UOB, which closed unchanged and OCBC Bank, with a 0.22% fall.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.43%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.53%.

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index, which rose 0.56%. The two biggest stocks of the Index - SingTel and StarHub – ended 0.52% higher and 1.40% higher respectively.

The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which slipped 1.34%. Raffles Medical Group shares declined 2.58% and Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation remained unchanged.

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

Is Msci India 100 (+1.20%)

Sti Etf (-0.67%)

Dbxt Ft China 25 Etf 10 (-0.10%)

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

Ascendas Reit (+0.88%)

Capitamall Trust (-0.27%)

Suntec Reit (+0.33%)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI22400MBePW151230 (-19.73%)

HSI23800MBeCW151230 (+20.69%)

HSI22800MBeCW151230 (+18.52%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW160404 (-9.78%)

UOB MB eCW160404 (-3.23%)

OCBC Bk MBeCW160406 (-8.75%)
 Singapore Stock Market
                                     Friday                              Thursday
*ST Index              2,917.91  -1.92              2,919.83  +33.75
Volume:                     998.9M                             1,001.7M
Value:                      $752.3M                              $775.8M
Gainers/Losers:        161/227                               255/135


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
20 November 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 1.83 points or 0.11% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.32% to 14078.27 points, the Properties Index up 0.25% to 1198.25 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.61% to 7498.52 points. The market traded within a range of 6.35 points between an intra-day high of 1663.48 and a low of 1657.13 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include INSTACO, GLOTEC, EAH, HIBISCS, INGENCO, INSTACO-WB, CAP, BORNOIL-WC, BORNOIL and DBE. Trading volume decreased to 2965.92 mil shares worth RM1956.37 mil as compared to Thursday’s 3425.57 mil shares worth RM2121.08 mil.

Leading Movers were GENM (+6 sen to RM4.26), MAYBANK (+8 sen to RM8.32), GENTING (+6 sen to RM7.18), PETDAG (+20 sen to RM24.20) and TENAGA (+10 sen to RM13.12). Lagging Movers were RHBCAP (-12 sen to RM5.69), YTL (-3 sen to RM1.47), AMMB (-7 sen to RM4.59), IHH (-10 sen to RM6.56) and SKPETRO (-2 sen to RM2.12). Market breadth was positive with 441 gainers as compared to 426 losers.

The KLCI remained flat after closed marginally higher at 1661.89 points despite US markets closed slightly lower overnight after lower oil prices. The performance of our local bourse was in line with most of our regional peers.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     20 November 2015     
Description                 Volume                         Value              Frequency
ETF                                4,700                    2,434,600                        07
Stock               4,111,543,189     4,313,369,591,826              217,672
Right                                   00                                  00                       00
Warrant                  4,158,100                   57,441,100                     198
Total               4,115,705,989      4,313,429,467,526              217,877


Thai listed firms report THB 460 bln net profits in first 9 months of 2015

- Nine-month net profits worth THB 460.24 billion, dropped by 26 pct from the
same period last year.

- Higher gross profit margins at 22 pct due to better cost management

- Debt to equity ratio (excluding Financials industry) kept low level at 1.29  times at the end of Q3/2015.

BANGKOK, November 20, 2015 - Companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Thailand  (SET) reported a net profit of THB 460.24 billion (approx. USD 12.8 billion) from January-September, a 26 percent drop from a year earlier, while sales decreased 10 percent to THB 7.63 trillion during the January-September period.

Aggregate earnings were compiled from 521 listed firms, or 94 percent of the total 553 companies (excluding non-compliance and non-performing groups), in the first nine months of 2015. There were 416 companies making net profits, representing 80 percent of the total listed companies already disclosed their financial statements.

In the third quarter of this year, their sales decreased by 11 percent from the  same period last year to THB 2.53 trillion, or a 2 percent decrease from Q2/2015, while net profits worth THB 27.04 billion, 87 percent drops from both Q3/2014 and Q2/2015. Meanwhile, Thai listed companies' financial status remained  strong with debt to equity ratio (excluding Financials industry) at 1.29 times.

SET Executive Vice President Santi Kiranand said, "The overall performance of the Thai listed companies in the first nine months were affected by a drop in net profit and sales due to losses from special items dragged by significant
drops in steel and crude oil prices in the Energy & Utilities, Petrochemicals & Chemicals and Steel sectors. However, excluding companies in those sectors, the aggregated sales of listed companies in January-September recorded a one-percent increase, and net profits increase of 5 percent year-on-year, owing to their effective cost managements."

There were four sectors that reported both growing sales and profits in the January-September period and in Q3/2015 compared to the same period last year.

These were Commerce, Health Care Services, Information & Communication Technology, all of which corresponding to domestic consumption, as well as Automotive sector recently recovered from exports.

Trading Summary

As of  20 November   2015  Unit: M.Baht  
Type                                 Buy                   Sell                      Net
Institution                    2,482.45        2,394.45                 88.00
Proprietary                  4,170.46         3,058.43            1,112.03
Foreign                        6,392.40        6,008.69               383.70
Individual                  16,678.04      18,261.77           -1,583.73
Total Trading Value     29,723.35 M.Baht


Vietnam index ends up, posts biggest weekly drop in seven

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  .VNI  ended up 0.43 percent on Friday, snapping a four-session losing streak in a surprise rebound, but posted its biggest weekly fall in seven.  

Shares of real estate and insurance firms led the market. Property company Vingroup  VIC.HM  rose 0.69 percent, while top insurer BaoViet Holdings  BVH.HM  rallied 2.61 percent to a one-week closing high.

Volume edged up above the five-day average to 140.7 million shares, while the index, Southeast Asia's best performer so far this year, lost 1.1 percent this week, the sharpest fall since the week ended Oct. 2, Reuters data showed.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  .VNI  at the close.
                   VN Index     604.46            
         PREV. CLOSE     601.90            
            % CHANGE     +0.43%            
                HIGH     606.58            
                 LOW     601.90            

SE Asia Stocks-Thai index near 2-wk closing high; most others up in mixed week

Most southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday, with Thailand climbing to a near two-week closing high amid demand from domestic funds while Indonesia hit a two-week closing high on short-covering led by foreign investors.
 Share markets in the region tracked gains in Asian shares as investors grappled with the prospects of higher U.S. borrowing costs and slower global economic growth.  

The Thai SET index  .SETI  ended the day up 0.6 percent at 1,393.84, the highest close since Nov. 10. It ended the week up 0.8 percent, recouping some of the losses made in the previous week.
Shares of Airports of Thailand Pcl  AOT.BK , the most actively traded, rose for a second day and closed 1.6 percent higher.
Domestic institutions bought shares in six successive sessions to Friday worth a net 8.1 billion baht ($226.76 million).  
Buying of tax-incentive long-term equity funds (LTFs) and retirement mutual funds (RMFs), often active towards the end of the year, is expected to continue to lift the overall stock market next week, according to several brokers in Bangkok.
The Jakarta composite index  .JKSE  finished up 0.9 percent, notching up 2 percent gain on the week, the region's best performer. Foreign investors bought a net 145.7 billion rupiah ($10.67 million) after eight straight sessions of selling.

Stocks in Malaysia  .KLSE  and the Philippines  .PSI  eked out small gains on the week, up 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. Singapore  .STI  and Vietnam  .VNI  both posted second straight weekly fall, down 0.3 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.
 Market                      Current       Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore              2917.91               2919.83       -0.07
 Kuala Lumpur       1661.89               1660.06       +0.11
 Bangkok                1393.84               1384.97       +0.64
 Jakarta                   4561.33               4518.94       +0.94
 Manila                     6932.81               6825.38       +1.57
 Ho Chi Minh             604.46                 601.90       +0.43

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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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