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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  10 October 2013 


10 October 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 15.07 points higher or +0.48% to 3,169.91, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.09%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.78% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined +1.24%. The top active stocks were Noble Group (+5.24%), UOB (-0.10%), SingTel (unchanged), DBS (unchanged) and Capitaland (+0.32%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+1.90%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+1.11%) and Geo Energy Resources (+2.90%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which declined -0.06% with Liongold Corp’s share price declining -2.12% and STATS ChipPAC‘s share price remaining unchanged. The FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index gained +0.71%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the Nikko AM STI ETF (-0.31%), SPDR Gold Shares (-1.28%) and Lyxor ETF Asia Ex (+3.59%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Suntec REIT (+0.61%), CapitaCommercial Trust (+1.42%) and CapitaMall Trust (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23400MBePW131030 (+4.39%), HSI22800MBeCW131030 (-9.47%) and HSI21600UBePW131230 (-2.27%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were OCBC Bk MBeCW140203 (+1.19%), DBS MB eCW140102 (+0.69%) and UOB MB eCW140103 (-0.82%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                   Thursday                 Wednesday

*ST Index     3,169.91  +15.07     3,154.84  +8.34
Volume:               3,283.4M                3,507.6M
Value:                $1,089.6M                 $967.6M
Gainers/Losers:      288/130                 196/224


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
10 Oct 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 6.80 points or 0.38% on Thursday. The Finance Index increased 0.70% to 16590.1 points, the Properties Index up 0.82% to 1328.8 points and the Plantation Index down 0.12% to 8337.57 points. The market traded within a range of 8.81 points between an intra-day high of 1777.45 and a low of 1768.64 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include TMS, MAS, HUBLINE, TALAMT, CUSCAPI, CLIQ-WA, SOLUTN, GLOTEC, DAYA and CUSCAPI-WA. Trading volume increased to 1860.16 mil shares worth RM1566.24 mil as compared to Wednesday’s 1516.93 mil shares worth RM1351.46 mil.

Leading Movers were HLBANK (+46 sen to RM14.28), BAT (+30 sen to RM62.80), PETDAG (+24 sen to RM29.30), HLFG (+22 sen to RM15.14) and PPB (+14 sen to RM14.30). Lagging Movers were GENTING (-16 sen to RM10.24), RHBCAP (-5 sen to RM7.61), IOICORP (-2 sen to RM5.35), DIGI (-1 sen to RM4.88) and TENAGA (-1 sen to RM9.02). Market breadth was positive with 501 gainers as compared to 264 losers.

The KLCI rose and ended at 1775.92 points despite the lingering concerns over budget impasse in U.S. and the partial U.S. government shutdown. Market breadth was relatively positive on bargain hunting activity of investors and amid signs of U.S. lawmakers will agree on a compromise deal to avoid an default.


Indonesia's consumers were the least optimistic in nearly 1-1/2 years in September as the economy showed further signs of slowing, a Bank Indonesia survey showed on Thursday.

The September consumer confidence index fell fractionally to 107.1, down from 107.8 in August and the lowest level since 109.0 in May 2012.  

A reading above 100 indicates that consumers in general are optimistic.

The survey of 4,600 households in 18 major cities in the archipelago showed that consumers were worried about wages, the availability of jobs and business conditions.

Price pressures are expected to mount in the next three months, led by raw and processed foods, beverages, cigarettes and tobacco, in line with higher demand for Christmas.

Those pressures are expected to continue to rise heading into general elections in April 2014.
                                            SEP      AUG     JUL*
 Consumer confidence index   107.1    107.8    108.6
 Present situation index           105.7    104.8    105.8
 Expectation index                  108.6    110.8    111.4
    *official revisions
    - Bank Indonesia (BI) held its benchmark rate at 7.25 percent on Oct. 8 monthly meeting, encouraged by the easing pressure on rupiah.
    - The central bank expects the economy to expand 5.6 percent in the third quarter of the year from the same period a year ago.
    - September inflation eased to 8.4 percent.
    - August loan growth slowed to 22.0 percent, from  22.3 percent the previous month. BI estimates 2013 loan growth at around 20 percent.
    - The central bank expects annual inflation to be around 9-9.8 percent at the end of the year.


Four Thai listed firms named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
BANGKOK, October 10, 2013 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) announced that the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), one of the most highly regarded global sustainability indices, now includes two more Thai listed companies - PTT Global Chemical pcl (PTTGC) and Thai Oil pcl (TOP) -- in its indices, on top of two existing Thai firms - Siam Cement Group pcl (SCG) and PTT pcl (PTT) - following the recent announcement by S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM to track the financial performance of the global leading sustainability-driven companies.
Of the four companies in the DJSI, SCG, PTT, and PTTGC are in the DJSI World, and TOP is in  the DJSI Emerging Markets, the new index this year.
SET Executive Vice President and CSRI director Bordin Unakul said it was an honor for two more Thai listed companies to be added to the DJSI, and noted that they were among the 35 Thai firms invited to be evaluated by the DJSI for its sustainability indices. SET's Corporate Social Responsibility Institute (CSRI) enhances the opportunities of Thai listed firms which operate with social responsibility to be selected by DJSI via activities such as the CEO Forums, CSRI Forums, and DJSI Coaching Workshops.  These activities help show SET's commitment to develop the Thai capital market in the long term.
"Being selected as DJSI components boosts attractiveness of these companies among domestic and international investors and firms up their confidence that the companies operate business with social and environment concerns, together with making good returns, resulting in sustainable growth and long-term benefits  for investors," Bordin added.
The DJSI were the global indices to track the financial performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide, and leading funds use the DJSI as a gauge for making prudent long-run investment decisions. The DJSI invites over 3,000 publicly traded companies to report annually on their sustainability practices. Selection to the DJSI is based on market capitalization and in-depth analysis of a company's economic, environmental and social aspects, with a focus on long-term development of corporate value. S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM will announce results of its annual review every September.

Trading Summary

As of 10 October 2013         Unit: M.Baht

Type                         Buy                 Sell                Net
Institution     4,594.53      2,999.54     1,594.99     
Proprietary    7,754.39      7,532.26       222.13     
Foreign       11,362.20     10,304.83    1,057.38     
Individual    24,653.42     27,527.92   -2,874.50     
Total Trading Value     48,364.54 M.Baht          


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index closed down 1.17 percent on Thursday, led by PetroVietnam Gas Corp    as investors were concerned over possible hikes of oil products prices, analysts said.

They said the concern emerged following market talks that oil product prices could be raised after input products have recently increased.

GAS shares tumbled 2.22 percent to 66,000 dong ($3.13) each.

The fall of the country's biggest listed firm by capitalisation pulled down other big-cap shares, analyst Vu Tran Vinh Thuy of Dai Viet Securities said, noting the absence of supportive information.

Dairy products maker Vinamilk fell 1.41 percent and Baoviet Holdings  , Vietnam's biggest insurer, lost 1.79  percent.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index

             VN Index    494.81            
          PREV. CLOSE    500.67            
             % CHANGE    -1.17%            
                 HIGH    501.64            
                  LOW    494.81            

Most Southeast Asian markets were firmer on Thursday, led by Thailand on signs of progress in the U.S. budget talks and as investors were hopeful that the fiscal impasse, that has sapped market confidence, could be resolved.
U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are considering signing on to a short-term increase in the government's borrowing authority to buy time for negotiations on broader policy measures, according to a Republican leadership aide.
Thailand's main index rose for a third straight session, ending 1.2 percent higher at a near three-week high led by banks, while the Philippines index ended 0.9 percent firmer, recovering from a one-week low.  
Singapore's Straits Times index rose for a third straight session, gaining 0.5 percent, to its highest close since Oct. 1, led by gains in Jardine Strategic Holdings and Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd.  

Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index finished 0.7 percent up to a two-week high led by financials, while Malaysia  added 0.4 percent, also helped by financials.  
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index underperformed the region and was down 1.2 percent, led by PetroVietnam Gas Corp as investors were concerned over possible hikes in oil products prices, analysts said.     

 Market                             Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*    412.57        408.99       +0.88
 Singapore               3169.91       3154.84       +0.48
 Kuala Lumpur         1775.92       1769.12       +0.38
 Bangkok                 1451.91       1434.66       +1.20
 Jakarta                   4486.68       4457.44       +0.66
 Manila                    6435.97       6377.75       +0.91
 Ho Chi Minh             494.81         500.67       -1.17


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