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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  6 November  2013 


06 November 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 0.25 points lower or -0.01% to 3,205.29, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.21%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.02% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.55%. The top active stocks were SembCorp Marine (-2.89%), SingTel (+1.06%), People’s Food (+0.83%), UOB (+0.77%) and China Minzhong (-6.34%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+1.40%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+1.01%) and Geo Energy Resources (+1.61%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -0.71% with Biosensors International Group’s share price declining -0.55% and Raffles Medical Group ‘s share price declining -0.93%. The FTSE ST Technology Index gained +1.11% and the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index declined -0.18%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the iShares MSCI INDIA 100 (-1.68%), LYXOR ETF MSCI INDIA 10 (-0.41%) and SPDR Gold Shares (+0.69%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCommercial Trust (-0.34%), Suntec REIT (+0.60%) and CapitaMall Trust (+1.26%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22800MBePW131128 (-7.25%), HSI23200MBeCW131128 (+4.92%) and HSI24000MBeCW131128 (-4.00%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were UOB MB eCW140103 (+4.85%), KepCorp MBeCW140203 (+2.70%) and VardHldgsMBeCW140401 (-16.13%).

Singapore Stock Market
                         Wednesday            Tuesday
*ST Index      3,205.29  -0.25       3,205.54  +1.6
Volume:              2,610.8M              2,044.1M
Value:               $1,210.4M               $867.8M
Gainers/Losers:     246/177                 208/198


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
6 Nov 2013

The FBM KLCI index lost 4.42 points or 0.24% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.11% to 16678.78 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.38% to 1309.95 points and the Plantation Index down 0.09% to 8625.93 points. The market traded within a range of 12.98 points between an intra-day high of 1813.61 and a low of 1800.63 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include HUBLINE, TAKASO, BARAKAH, TALAMT, TIGER, KAREX, XDL, TA, DAYA and CUSCAPI. Trading volume increased to 2121.04 mil shares worth RM2127.66 mil as compared to Monday’s 1698.83 mil shares worth RM1424.20 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+50 sen to RM63.30), PETDAG (+26 sen to RM30.76), PETCHEM (+4 sen to RM7.12), KLK (+4 sen to RM23.24) and YTL (+3 sen to RM1.64). Lagging Movers were PETGAS (-30 sen to RM24.00), DIGI (-9 sen to RM4.87), UMW (-8 sen to RM12.60), GENM (-7 sen to RM4.40) and PPB (-6 sen to RM14.48). Market breadth was negative with 339 gainers as compared to 494 losers.

The local bourse finished lower at 1803.05 points today, tracking the negative overnight performance in the US and European market. However, it was not all gloom in the local market as two debutants, namely Karex and Barakah put on a joyous performance by raking up gains of 86.92% and 32.43% respectively.


Indonesia's Oct forex reserves rise to $97 bln -

Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves rose for the third consecutive month in October on higher revenue from oil and gas exports, Bank Indonesia said on Wednesday.

The reserves totaled $97 billion at the end of last month, against $95.68 billion in September.

The rupiah has fallen 15 percent against the U.S. dollar this year on concerns over the country's trade and currenct account deficits, and amid a foreign investor exodus from emerging markets.


Thai Futures Exchange to operate afternoon session as normal on Nov 6

Bangkok, November 6, 2013 – The Thailand Futures Exchange PCL (TFEX) announces that it will resume trading in the afternoon session after trading system has been solved and brokers are able to re-connect with TFEX. Therefore, the afternoon-session trading will operate as normal, with pre-open trading running at 14.00-14.30 hours and the opening trading at 14.30-16.55 hours, while the morning-session trading is closed.

Trading Summary

As of 6 November 2013         Unit: M.Baht
Type                  Buy             Sell            Net
Institution        6,426.80     4,082.54     2,344.26     
Proprietary      5,765.88     4,359.03      1,406.85     
Foreign           9,768.64     11,659.09   -1,890.45     
Individual      21,577.96     23,438.63   -1,860.66     
Total Trading Value     43,539.29 M.Baht     


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index gained 0.55 percent to close at 502.52 points on Wednesday, with investors focusing on real estate and banking stocks, analysts said.

Shares of real estate firm HAGL ended up 1.75 percent, and were the most traded on the exchange, with 4.1 million shares changing hand, its highest volume since June 21.
Real estate firms Tan Tao Investment and Industry Corp and FLC Group trailed HAGL in the list of the most traded stocks.
"Investors expect a warm-up in the property market at the year end," analyst Nguyen Hoai Nam from Maybank Kim Eng Securities said.

All banks gained, with Hanoi-based Eximbank closing up 3 percent, after the bank announced it was going to repurchase 62 million of its shares.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index

                     VN Index       502.52             
              PREV. CLOSE       499.79             
                 % CHANGE        0.55%             
                     HIGH       502.52             
                      LOW       499.58  


Thai stocks extended gains for a second session on Wednesday as positive comments by a senator on the political amnesty bill triggered a new round of short covering, while Indonesian shares pared earlier losses amid bargain hunting in large caps.

In a relatively strong trading volume, Thailand's key SET index rose 1.4 percent to 1,434.97, the highest close since Oct. 31, building on a gain of nearly 2 percent on the previous session.

The rally came after the Speaker of Thailand's Senate said it will reject an amnesty bill critics say is aimed at bringing back convicted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra from exile, a move that could defuse rising tension on the streets of Bangkok.

The exchange saw heavy buying in large caps such as Siam Commercial Bank Pcl, Airports of Thailand Pcl, and Glow Energy Pcl   which were among shares hit by recent selloff amid escalating protests against the bill.

Many analysts said market sentiment remained fragile due to uncertainties ahead of the Senate's reading of the controversial bill on Monday.  

Foreign investors offloaded shares worth a net 1.9 billion baht ($60.8 million) on Wednesday, for a fifth consecutive session, stock exchange data showed.

Indonesia's main index finished up 0.6 percent in light trading volume. Shares of the biggest firm by value Astra International Tbk rose 1.6 percent, recovering earlier losses and ending a three-day losing streak.

The benchmark slipped at one point after data from the statistics bureau showed gross domestic product in the July-September quarter grew 5.62 percent, its slowest in nearly four years.  
Stocks in the Philippines fell for a fourth session to their lowest close since Oct. 14 while Singapore, Malaysia edged lower, in line with Asian stock markets amid uncertainty over monetary policy in the U.S. and Europe.
  Market                    Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*     416.95        415.97       +0.24
 Singapore                3205.29       3205.54       -0.01
 Kuala Lumpur          1803.05       1807.47       -0.24
 Bangkok                  1434.97       1415.44       +1.38
 Jakarta                    4449.76       4423.29       +0.60
 Manila                     6477.30       6519.58        -0.65
 Ho Chi Minh              502.52         499.79       +0.55


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