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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  18 October 2013 


18 October 2013

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 6.28 points higher or +0.20% to 3,192.90, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.82%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.46% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.19%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-0.27%), OCBC Bk (-0.10%), Ascendas REIT (+1.74%), CapitaMall (+1.80%) and Capitaland (-0.31%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Technology Index (+0.95%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Technology Index are Liongold Corp (+6.25%) and STATS ChipPAC (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Utilities Index, which declined -0.57% with United Envirotech’s share price gaining +1.18% and Hyflux’s share price declining -1.28%. The FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index gained +0.47%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the db x-Trackers CSI 300 (+0.41%), iShares MSCI India (+1.72%) and SPDR Gold Shares (+1.01%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+1.74%), CapitaMall Trust (+1.80%) and CapitaCommercial Trust (+1.41%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI23200MBeCW131128 (+17.31%), HSI23600MBePW131128 (-18.61%) and HSI22800MBeCW131030 (+46.38%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were OCBC Bk MBeCW140203 (-2.06%), DBS MB eCW140102 (+1.30%) and KepCorp MBeCW140204 (+5.63%).

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 Singapore Stock Market
                                   Friday                     Thursday

*ST Index     3,192.9  +6.28     3,186.62  +12.59
Volume:             1,709.6M              2,479.2M
Value:              $1,038.3M             $1,023.3M
Gainers/Losers:    209/189                 278/168


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
18 Oct 2013

The FBM KLCI index gained 2.17 points or 0.12% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.41% to 16809.06 points, the Properties Index up 0.11% to 1337.17 points and the Plantation Index down 0.23% to 8429.75 points. The market traded within a range of 9.05 points between an intra-day high of 1805.00 and a low of 1795.95 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include WPRTS, XDL, MAS, TMS, SCOMIES, UTOPIA-WA, PELIKAN, IRIS, TIGER and SCOMI. Trading volume decreased to 1491.20 mil shares worth RM2036.74 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1737.19 mil shares worth RM1745.13 mil.

Leading Movers were BAT (+56 sen to RM63.56), HLFG (+40 sen to RM15.66), UMW (+16 sen to RM12.46), PPB (+14 sen to RM14.62) and HLBANK (+10 sen to RM14.42). Lagging Movers were FGV (-8 sen to RM4.38), PETCHEM (-4 sen to RM7.08), IHH (-4 sen to RM4.15), ASTRO (-4 sen to RM2.92) and MAXIS (-3 sen to RM7.10). Market breadth was positive with 377 gainers as compared to 331 losers.

The local bourses inched up 2.17 points to end the day at 1799.59. The tone was somewhat mix throughout the day as local investors were in cautious mode ahead of the Budget 2014 tabling slated next Friday. While across the region, most peers rose amid the world second largest economy, China reported better third quarter economic growth.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     18 October 2013  

Description                  Volume                            Value        Frequency
Total            6,006,327,511    5,381,697,843,049     141,590
ETF                       61,000               23,680,500             25
Stock          5,950,074,887    5,378,319,193,389     139,309
Right                 3,515,624             841,534,160           110
Warrant           52,676,000           2,513,435,000        2,146


Trading Summary

As of 18 October 2013         Unit: M.Baht
Type                             Buy             Sell                   Net
Institution       3,252.79     4,067.92        -815.13     
Proprietary     6,148.21      5,073.81       1,074.41     
Foreign          8,322.77      7,327.97         994.80     
Individual     21,184.33    22,438.41      -1,254.08     
Total Trading Value     38,908.11 M.Baht          


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  edged up 0.25 percent to close at 500.83 points on Friday as news on the U.S. fiscal deal and bad debt settlements boosted optimism among investors, analysts said.

"Upbeat sentiment has been stable, and the index would further rise at low pace after some adjustments early next week," said manager Luu Quoc Yen of the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors.

Liquidity has improved, with 69.7 million shares changing hands on Friday, above the five-day average of 58.5 million shares.

Real estate firms led. Shares of Tan Tao Investment and Industry Corp jumped 6.78 percent, with 11.4 million stocks traded, the highest volume since June 24, followed by Vingroup that gained 0.77 percent.

Here is a snapshot of the VN Index

                 VN Index       500.83            
              PREV. CLOSE       499.59            
                 % CHANGE        0.25%            
                     HIGH       501.39            
                      LOW       497.91            

Most Southeast Asian stocks edged higher on Friday, poised for modest gains on the week, as investors piled into regional large caps after strong quarterly results, with solid Chinese data supporting sentiment across Asian stock markets.
Singapore-listed Keppel Corp, the builder of offshore oil rigs, rose about 1 percent after it posted a 32 percent rise in third-quarter net profit. 
The key Straits Times Index edged up 0.3 percent, on track for a weekly gain of 0.6 percent, building on a 1.3 percent rise on the previous week.
Stocks in Thailand and the Philippines outperformed, with Thai SET index gaining 0.9 percent at midday and the Philippine main index  adding 0.6 percent, both climbing around 1.7 percent week to date.

Shares in Bangkok Bank jumped 2.5 percent after Thailand's largest lender by assets reported a 21 percent rise in quarterly net profit, beating estimates.

Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp were the top percentage gainer on the Philippine benchmark index, up 5.2 percent, after a report that the conglomerate is set to distribute shares in its controlling shareholder Top Frontier Investment Holdings Inc.
Indonesia was among weak spot, with Jakarta's composite index drifting slightly into negative territory, led by losses in the biggest firm Astra International due to weak outlook of auto sales next year.
Shares in coal miners, including Adaro Energy  and Harum Energy, bucked the trend, with brokers citing a report involving stricter regulation on Chinese coal mines that could contract world coal supply.

"It appears that sentiment wise, this news has provided some positive share price boost towards the Indonesian listed coal companies," broker Bahana Securities said in a report.

The benchmark Indonesian index is set to end the week 0.2 percent lower.

 Market                            Current     Prev Close    Pct Move
 TR SE Asia Index*     422.91        420.69       +0.53
 Singapore                3197.60       3186.62       +0.34
 Kuala Lumpur          1797.32       1797.42        -0.01
 Bangkok                 1482.17       1469.09        +0.89
 Jakarta                   4513.13        4518.93        -0.13
 Manila                    6601.11        6560.88        +0.61
 Ho Chi Minh             500.21          499.59       +0.12


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