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08 November 2017

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 8.15 points or 0.24% higher to 3421.25, taking the year-to-date performance to +18.76%. For longer term observations please go to

The top active stocks today were DBS, which gained 1.15%, CapitaLand, which declined 2.15%, Venture, which declined 3.06%, Singtel, which closed unchanged and Genting Sing, with a 2.36% advance.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined 0.34%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined 0.20%.

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

IS MSCI India (-0.23%)

STI ETF (unchanged)

Nikkoam-Stc Asia REIT (+0.36%)

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

CapitaLand Commercial Trust (-1.09%)

Ascendas REIT (-0.38%)

CapitaLand Mall Trust (unchanged)

The most active index warrants by value today were:

HSI28600MBePW171129 (+2.44%)

HSI29000MBeCW171129 (-4.81%)

HSI28000MBePW171228 (-1.10%)

The most active stock warrants by value today were:

DBS MB eCW180115 (+11.45%)

UOB MB eCW180410 (+0.72%)

DBS MB ePW180402 (-11.67%)

Singapore Stock Market
                          Wednesday                  Tuesday
*ST Index     3,421.25  +8.15        3,413.1  +31.25
Volume:              2,847.2M                2,719.8M
Value:               $1,329.3M               $1,427.8M
Gainers/Losers:    194/250                    257/184


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
8 November 2017

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.74 points or 0.38% on Wednesday. The Finance Index fell 0.67% to 16218.56 points, the Properties Index up 0.17% to 1234.37 points and the Plantation Index down 0.13% to 8000.91 points. The market traded within a range of 5.74 points between an intra-day high of 1749.83 and a low of 1744.09 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include TRIVE, MUIIND, HUBLINE, NICORP, BORNOIL, DGSB, EKOVEST, REACH-WA, ATTA-PR and CUSCAPI. Trading volume decreased to 2599.67 mil shares worth RM2139.66 mil as compared to Tuesday’s 3021.07 mil shares worth RM2665.68 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+120 sen to RM38.36), PETCHEM (+14 sen to RM7.47), WPRTS (+5 sen to RM3.78), YTL (+1 sen to RM1.32) and AMMB (+3 sen to RM4.34). Lagging Movers were PETGAS (-58 sen to RM17.06), PETDAG (-72 sen to RM21.74), GENM (-12 sen to RM5.18), GENTING (-18 sen to RM9.17) and HLFG (-30 sen to RM16.58). Market breadth was negative with 367 gainers as compared to 481 losers.

The KLCI tumbled to 1744.20 points amid overnight mixed performance in US market. The performance of our local bourse was bogged down by selling interest in heavy weight counters such as Petronas Gas, Petronas Dagangan and Genting Malaysia.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     08 November 2017     
Description           Volume                          Value       Frequency
ETF                      372,400                  36,247,700                  32
Stock        10,614,005,378       7,778,949,779,011        324,648
Warrant           17,823,435              1,755,294,250             1,081
Total         10,632,201,213       7,780,741,320,961         325,761


24 Thai listed firms win SET Sustainability Awards 2017

BANGKOK, November 8, 2017- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today grants the "SET Sustainability Awards 2017" to 24 listed companies with sustainability performance excellence. The SET Sustainability Awards of Honor goes to BANPU, PTTGC, SAT, SCC and TOP. Also, 65 listed companies are selected to be into
Thailand Sustainability Investment (THSI) for 2017, a list of stocks with outstanding performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that to develop listed companies' sustainable growth which help strengthen the country's foundation, SET has encouraged them to strike a balance between growth and stakeholder responsibility, while applying ESG aspects to develop business towards concrete sustainability. The SET Sustainability Awards event aims to recognize and motivate listed companies for their determination towards sustainability, while being role models for others. This effort is in line with SET's vision "To Make the Capital Market 'Work' for Everyone", developing the capital market to benefit all stakeholders.

Currently, Thai listed companies have outstanding performance and quality. This year marks another success as they are recognized for sustainable business development both at domestic and international levels. Listed companies recognized at SET Sustainability Awards 2017 are considered as "role models" in building value to organizations and society, outstandingly integrating sustainability into their strategic plan and organizational management process,
as well as demonstrating the business process management compatible with Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) with concerns over new risks and with focus on social and business innovation development to reinforce organization competitive edge. They further apply these innovations to create social impact to society and environment. Thai listed companies have taken pride in taking part in contributing to sustainability extensively, Kesara added.

SET granted 24 SET Sustainability Awards 2017: five are Sustainability Awards of Honor granted to (in alphabetical order) BANPU, PTTGC, SAT, SCC and TOP; three Best Sustainability Awards for BCP, CFRESH and IRPC; seven Outstanding Sustainability Awards for BAFS, CHO, KBANK, MINT, S&J, SSSC and TU; and nine
Rising Star Awards - offered to listed companies with outstanding performance in starting applying sustainable business practice - granted to CPN, DELTA, FPI, HMPRO, IRC, IVL, PPS, PSH and SC,   in addition to awards for 65 listed companies selected in a list of THSI.
The award committee, comprising experts in corporate governance and social responsibility, carries out the process in a transparent manner by screening listed companies in the list of THSI that achieved outstanding score. They will then have to participate in the interview to highlight internal sustainability management process covering risk management related to ESG risks, stakeholder management, roles of the companies' directors and executives in driving forward towards sustainability, as well as the companies' abilities to extend sustainability to achieve concrete outcome for the benefit of the society as a whole.
Trading Summary     
As of 8 November 2017    Unit: M.Baht
Type                        Buy          Sell           Net
Institution        7,030.56       7,802.63        -772.07
Proprietary       6,484.12       6,329.77         154.35
Foreign           18,409.60     17,863.60         546.00
Individual       27,523.09     27,451.37           71.72
Total Trading Value     59,447.37 M.Baht


SE Asia Stocks-S'pore ends at fresh 2-yr peak; Vietnam up over 1 percent

 Singapore shares ended at a new two-year peak on Wednesday while Vietnam clocked a near-decade closing
high, but most other markets in Southeast Asia were subdued in line with regional indexes.
October trade data from China that showed the world's second-largest economy is starting to cool after a strong first
half also hurt sentiment.  
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  .MIAPJ0000PUS  was down 0.04 percent after hitting a decade high earlier in the day.
Regional markets, however, got some momentary relief after data showed October imports from China rose, beating forecasts, in a sign that domestic demand remained robust.    
Singapore  .STI  inched 0.2 percent higher, closing at an over two-year high.  
Singapore Airlines Limited  SIAL.SI  was among top gainers, up 4.2 percent, a day after the carrier posted second-quarter net profits that nearly tripled.  
Lender DBS Group  DBSM.SI  gained 1.2 percent while Jardine Matheson  JARD.SI  ended 1.7 percent higher.
Vietnam shares  .VNI  ended 1.1 percent higher, striking yet another near-decade closing high. Real estate developer Vingroup Joint Stock Company  VIC.HM , up 5.7 percent, was the top index mover.
The country's customs department said after market close, that Vietnam posted a trade surplus of $2.2 billion in October, much higher than the government's forecast of $900 million.
Thailand shares  .SETI  ended 0.1 percent higher, with stocks in utilities and financial sector leading the gains.
The country's central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.50 percent. Bank of Thailand said in a statement the Thai economy was expected to grow at a faster pace than its previous assessment, driven by growth in exports and improvement in domestic demand.
Indonesian stocks  .JKSE  slumped 0.2 percent, a day after marking a record closing high, owing to losses in energy and telecommunication stocks.
Indonesia's retail sales rose 1.8 percent in September from a year earlier, a central bank survey showed on Wednesday. This was slower than August's 2.2 percent, on weak sales of both food and non-food items.  

  Market                   Current       Previous Close     Pct Move
  Singapore              3421.25              3413.1               0.24
  Bangkok               1714.65               1712.75             0.11
  Manila                   8508.49              8521.81            -0.16
  Jakarta                   6049.384            6060.453          -0.18
  Kuala Lumpur       1744.2                1750.94            -0.38
  Ho Chi Minh           859.7                  850.33              1.10

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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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