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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  21 October 2014 


21 October 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +21.69 points higher or +0.68% to 3202.74, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.20%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.30% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.33%. The top active stocks were DBS (+1.28%), Genting Sing (-0.95%), Keppel Corp (+0.94%), SingTel (+0.27%) and Ascendas Reit (+0.45%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index (+1.06%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index are Hongkong Land Holdings (+1.04%) and Global Logistic Properties  (+1.49%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -0.85% with Midas Holdings’ share price unchanged and Geo Energy Resources’ share price declining -2.00%. The FTSE ST Consumer Services Index gained +0.41%.  The FTSE ST Real Estate Index gained +0.81%. The FTSE ST Utilities Index declined -0.34%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India  (+0.69%), SPDR DJIA ETF Trust (+1.08%), SPDR Gold Shares (+0.75%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Ascendas REIT (+0.45%), CapitaMall Trust (+1.29%), Suntec REIT (+0.28%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI22800MBePW141127 (-7.48%), HSI23600MBeCW141127 (+4.23%), HSI23200MBeCW141230 (+1.27%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150106 (+7.23%), OCBC Bk MBeCW150302 (unchanged), KepCorp MBeCW150401 (unchanged).

Singapore Stock Market
                                  Tuesday                             Monday
*ST Index           3,202.74  +21.69            3,181.05  +13.32
Volume:                   1,133.7M                          1,074.3M
Value:                        $962.8M                           $1,038M
Gainers/Losers:        229/182                            243/173


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
21 Oct 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 6.92 points or 0.38% on Tuesday. The Finance Index fell 0.34% to 16612.83 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.40% to 1388.41 points and the Plantation Index down 0.53% to 7946.87 points. The market traded within a range of 10.17 points between an intra-day high of 1804.83 and a low of 1794.66 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include MAS, XINGHE, SUMATEC, IFCAMSC-WA, FITTERS-WB, IDMENSN, CENSOF, BJCORP, IFCAMSC and REACH-WA. Trading volume decreased to 1245.56 mil shares worth RM1382.53 mil as compared to Monday’s 2049.77 mil shares worth RM2211.52 mil.

Leading Movers were KLCC (+10 sen to RM6.63), GENM (+6 sen to RM4.10), FGV (+4 sen to RM3.06), YTL (+2 sen to RM1.66) and BAT (+70 sen to RM67.50). Lagging Movers were PETCHEM (-13 sen to RM5.93), CIMB (-13 sen to RM6.41), DIGI (-11 sen to RM5.82), KLK (-32 sen to RM20.20) and ASTRO (-4 sen to RM3.21). Market breadth was negative with 306 gainers as compared to 464 losers.

The KLCI closed 6.92 points lower at 1796.22 points today. The local bourse hovered in the red for majority of the day as investors took the opportunity to lock in gains, on the back of overnight equity gains on Wall Street and better-than-expected economic data out of China. Regionally, Asian markets remained mixed as investors anticipate the Chinese government would avoid broader stimulus measures being employed and look forward to further corporate/economic data due later this week.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     21 October 2014    
Description              Volume                            Value            Frequency
Total              4,795,512,399      4,784,176,628,255           173,517
ETF                       3,307,400              3,012,177,100                     47
Stock             4,715,164,599      4,778,535,066,655           171,740
Warrant               77,040,400              2,629,384,500               1,730


Thai bourse to affirm attractiveness on U.S. and Asia roadshows in Oct-Nov

BANGKOK, October 21, 2014 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will showcase  attractiveness and strength of the Thai capital market and the economy among foreign institutional investors on the upcoming two roadshows in the United States, Malaysia and Singapore in October and November, making a total eight roadshows held this year.
SET has successfully attracted foreign funds in the global financial hubs  jointly visited with partners throughout the year. The amount of foreign holdings in Thai securities has significantly increased from 2013 (the closing date during January-April), especially from funds in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. All in all, this year's eight inbound and outbound roadshows would be participated by 119 Thai companies to discuss and provide business insights to foreign investors in Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States.
SET President Kesara Manchusree said that with clear and solid economic stimulus measures announced by the new government, investors' confidence has continuously risen. Evidently, foreign investors became net buyers for three months in a row during July-September, while investment and business moods were back to normal. As such, SET would strategically add two more roadshows in the United States, Malaysia and Singapore during the last quarter of this year to showcase the private sector's strength and business expansions resulting from the country's economic growth.
 "Investors were mainly interested in the country's economic direction as seen  from the previous inbound and outbound roadshows. They need insights of government's economic measures in short-, medium- and long-term plans. It was significant that most Thai firms joining the roadshows this year were medium-sized companies, in line with SET's strategic plan aiming to boost visibility of these companies. The companies also took the opportunity to present to investors their business plans and advantages gained from the government's policy," Kesara added.
For the upcoming events, SET will join hands with partners to approach foreign investors currently having Thai stocks in their portfolios and requiring the situation updates for investment decision. During October 27-30, SET, together with KT Zmico Securities Co., Ltd. and Auerbach Grayson and Company LLC will hold "Thailand - Finding Alpha inside a Democratic Evolution" in New York and San Francisco, the United States. The event will be participated by Ekniti Nitithanprapas, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Office, and 10 top executives of Thai companies.
During November 19-21, SET, together with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and  Phatra Securities pcl will organize "Thai Corporate Forum" in Singapore and Malaysia with ten medium-cap companies joining to present their business potential in one-on-one and group meetings.

Trading Summary

As of   21 October  2014         Unit: M.Baht
Type                              Buy                      Sell                 Net
Institution                 2,361.02              2,647.89        -286.86     
Proprietary              4,212.43               4,479.49        -267.06     
Foreign                   7,472.31                8,339.09        -866.78     
Individual              22,232.63              20,811.93       1,420.70     
Total Trading Value      36,278.40 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends up 1.9 pct, liquidity low

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  jumped 1.92 percent to end near a one-week high, lifted by some heavyweights while smaller shares standing flat and low liquidity showed extended caution.
PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's top firm by capitalisation that accounts for a fifth of total market value, surged 6.86 percent, while property firm Vingroup climbed 4.04 percent.
Indexes tracking Vietnam's small- and mid-cap stocks were almost flat in low liquidity as investors had feared a strong sell could take place when the market neared a critical resistance level of 600 points, said manager Nguyen The Minh of Viet Capital Securities.  
Volume picked up slightly from the previous session to 87 million, but still well below the five-day average of 118.5 million, Reuters data showed.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

              VN Index     600.55             
           PREV. CLOSE     589.24             
              % CHANGE     +1.92%             
                  HIGH     601.14             
                   LOW     588.75             

SE Asia Stocks-Singapore up in earnings season; Indonesia weak on new cabinet jitters

 Singapore's stock index hit a more than one week high on Tuesday, helped by selective buying in a reporting season while the Indonesian benchmark snapped two sessions of gains as investors waited for the formation of the country's new cabinet.
 The Straits Times index   was up 0.7 percent at 3,202.74, the highest close since Oct. 10, extending gain for a third session. Shares of Keppel Corporation   rose 0.9 percent, among actively-traded stocks.
Keppel, the world's largest jackup rig builder, reported after market close that its third-quarter net profit fell 9 percent on the year to S$414 million ($325.8 million), weighed down by a lacklustre performance at its property division.
Jakarta's composite index  finished down 0.22 percent, reversing from a near three-week closing high on Monday.
New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with  some candidates.  

 Market                   Current        Prev Close       Pct Move
 Singapore             3202.74             3181.05           +0.68
 Kuala Lumpur      1796.22             1803.14             -0.38
 Bangkok              1526.14             1526.67            -0.03
 Jakarta                 5029.34             5040.53            -0.22
 Manila                  7068.03             7057.53           +0.15
 Ho Chi Minh          600.55                589.24           +1.92

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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.

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