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ASEAN STOCK WATCH Asean Affairs  22 September  2014 


19 September 2014

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +7.76 points higher or +0.24% to 3305.05, taking the year-to-date performance to +4.43%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.27% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.13%. The top active stocks were DBS (-0.44%), Keppel Reit (-1.22%), SingTel (+1.06%), OCBC Bank (+0.82%) and CapitaLand (+1.55%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index (+0.90%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Telecommunications Index are SingTel (+1.06%) and StarHub (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -1.58% with Raffles Medical Group’s share price declining -0.74% and Biosensors International Group’s share price declining -3.50%. The FTSE ST Consumer Services Index gained +0.16%. The FTSE ST Real Estate Index gained +0.19%. The FTSE ST Utilities Index declined -1.07%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (-0.13%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.08%), DBXT MSCI Indonesia ETF (+0.75%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Keppel REIT (-1.22%), CapitaCommercial Trust (-1.56%), Ascendas REIT (-1.32%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24400MBePW141030 (-10.64%), HSI24600MBeCW141030 (+9.09%), HSI24800MBeCW141127 (+8.57%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150106 (-5.39%), UOB MB eCW141201 (+6.54%), KepCorp MBeCW141201 (-3.18%).

 Singapore Stock Market
                                      Monday                                Friday
*ST Index                  3,296.57  -8.48               3,305.05  +7.76
Volume:                        1,572.8M                           1,748.7M
Value:                            $952.7M                         $1,198.9M
Gainers/Losers:               162/280                             266/193


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
22 Sep 2014

The FBM KLCI index lost 3.44 points or 0.19% on Monday. The Finance Index fell 0.24% to 17350.7 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.11% to 1495.71 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.30% to 8422.72 points. The market traded within a range of 8.06 points between an intra-day high of 1851.91 and a low of 1843.85 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include EFFICEN, IRIS, TALAMT, IBHD-LR, COMPUGT, SANICHI, TMCLIFE-WA, OLYMPIA, TEKSENG and IFCAM SC-WA. Trading volume decreased to 2592.01 mil shares worth RM1849.60 mil as compared to Friday’s 2602.24 mil shares worth RM2261.15 mil.

Leading Movers were IOICORP (+7 sen to RM4.90), MAXIS (+5 sen to RM6.26), BAT (+36 sen to RM70.60), GENM (+2 sen to RM4.19) and PBBANK (+8 sen to RM19.12). Lagging Movers were PPB (-32 sen to RM14.08), IHH (-10 sen to RM5.00), HLFG (-30 sen to RM17.70), RHBCAP (-15 sen to RM8.95) and TENAGA (-18 sen to RM12.20). Market breadth was negative with 384 gainers as compared to 444 losers.

On the first trading day of the week, the KLCI closed lower by 3.44 points at 1846.05 points. The market remained mainly in the red throughout the day, as the local index gains were trimmed in early morning trade. Regionally, Asian markets slid, due to lack of catalysts from Wall Street and investors speculating that data released later this week could indicate a slowdown in China.


 Ten Thai listed companies selected for Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

BANGKOK, September 22, 2014 – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) announced that the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), one of the most highly regarded global sustainability indices, has included six more Thai listed companies, namely Banpu pcl (BANPU), Central Pattana pcl (CPN), IRPC pcl (IRPC), Minor International pcl (MINT), PTT Exploration and Production pcl (PTTEP), and Thai Union Frozen Products pcl (TUF), on top of the four existing Thai firms: PTT pcl (PTT), PTT Global Chemical pcl (PTTGC), Siam Cement pcl (SCC), and Thai Oil pcl (TOP), following the recent announcement of the annual DJSI review conducted by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM.

Of the ten listed firms, four companies, which are PTT, PTTEP, PTTGC and SCC, have been selected in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DSJI World), while BANPU, CPN, IRPC, MINT, PTT, PTTEP, PTTGC, SCC, TOP, and TUF have been chosen to be in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index (DJSI Emerging Markets).

SET President Kesara Manchusree said it was great pleasure that the ten Thai listed companies had been selected for the DJSI, more than doubling the amount of Thai firms in 2013 when only four companies were selected in the indices. More importantly, there were four Thai firms in the DJSI World this year with PTTEP as a newcomer, together with the previous three companies in 2013 (PTT, PTTGC, SCC). For the DJSI Emerging Markets, BANPU, CPN, IRPC, MINT, PTTEP, TUF were newly added, along with the four in 2013 (PTT, PTTGC, SCC, TOP).

“Being components in the DJSI has reinforced attractiveness of the Thai stock market among both domestic and foreign investors, and boosted confidence that the companies have operated businesses with the best sustainability practices by considering environment, society, corporate governance and good performance, enabling their businesses to grow continuously and sustainably, ultimately providing good long-term returns for investors,” stated Kesara.

“The increase in the number of companies selected into the DJSI is a result of listed companies’ efforts and SET’s commitment to develop and enhance knowledge of evaluating sustainability. SET has played a major role to build the companies’ readiness to be a component of the DJSI via main activities, such as DJSI Exclusive Trainings, CEO Forums and DJSI Coaching Workshops to improve the companies’ potentiality to be selected into the DJSI. This is part of the SET’s key mission to develop the Thai capital market towards sustainability in the long run,” Kesara 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, social and environmental aspects, with a focus on long-term development of corporate value. The DJSI review this year was effective from September 11, 2014. S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM announce results of its annual review every September.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     22 September 2014    
Description                 Volume                            Value      Frequency
ETF                              5,900                    3,948,400                  41
Stock              4,316,561,913      4,520,382,160,634         179,598
Warrant                31,463,700            2,123,248,300              1,159
Total                4,348,031,513     4,522,509,357,334          180,798


Trading Summary

As of   22  September  2014      

Date As of:     22 September 2014    
Type                                    Buy                   Sell                   Net
Institution                     3,320.30           3,036.38              283.92     
Proprietary                  3,951.99            3,420.17              531.81     
Foreign                       9,273.10            8,595.41              677.69     
Individual                  27,683.97          29,177.40          -1,493.42     

Total Trading Value     44,229.36 M.Baht     


Vietnam's benchmark VN Index    dropped 0.22 percent to close at a more than one-month low on Monday as investors extended selling following early gains.
The market was up 0.45 percent by the midday break on Monday, with 63.6 million shares changing hands, but all the gains were erased in the afternoon session as investors sold stocks to minimise losses.  
The index ended at 611.93, the lowest since Aug. 20, hitting another one-month low after the fall last Friday, based on Reuters data.  
Selling picked up in the afternoon session, bringing the  total volume to 143.3 million shares, slightly below the five-day average of 176.26 million, according to Reuters data.
Investors should "reduce their holdings during the recovery  waves of the market", MB Securities said in a note to clients, adding that buying was recommended if the index drops to the support level at 600 points.
Foreign investors switched to being net sellers on Monday, with a net sale of 421,160 shares, after a net purchase of 9.48 million shares in the previous session, the exchange said.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index    at the close

                           VN Index       611.93              
                   PREV. CLOSE       613.29              
                     % CHANGE       -0.22%              
                       HIGH       621.36              
                        LOW       611.93              


SE Asia Stocks-Most indexes down on China's growth concerns; Thai bucks trend

Most Southeast Asian markets ended lower on Monday on concerns over sluggish economic growth in China as investors awaited data this week that could provide more evidence of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.  
Muhamad Alfatih, an analyst with Samuel Sekuritas Indonesia in Jakarta said the market was concerned about comments made by  China's finance minister.  
China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei on Sunday said China will not dramatically alter its economic policy because of any one economic indicator, in remarks at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the G20 nations.    
His remarks came days after many economists lowered growth forecasts, having seen the latest set of weak data.
Growth in China's large factory sector probably stalled in September, adding to worries the economy could be at risk of a sharper slowdown unless Beijing rolls out more stimulus measures, a Reuters poll showed on Monday, a day ahead of China's flash manufacturing PMI release.
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI)   closed down 0.2 percent, Malaysia   ended 0.2 percent weaker, while the Philippines    ended 0.1 percent lower.
Vietnam   failed to hold on to early gains and ended down 0.2 percent, while Singapore   fell 0.3 percent.
In Jakarta, analysts expect the correction to continue as the market awaits more clarity on the fuel price policy by president-elect Joko Widodo.
Bucking the trend, Thailand's SET index    ended up 0.3 percent.  

 Market                   Current            Prev Close        Pct Move
 Singapore              3296.57              3305.05              -0.26
 Kuala Lumpur       1846.05              1849.49               -0.19
 Bangkok               1589.51              1584.91              +0.29
 Jakarta                  5219.80              5227.29              -0.15
 Manila                   7279.86              7287.29              -0.10
 Ho Chi Minh           611.93                611.93               -0.22

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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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