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19 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +7.02 points higher or +0.21% to 3307.7, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.71%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.32% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.41%. The top active stocks were Keppel Corp (+1.87%), UOB (-0.26%), DBS (-0.56%), Keppel Land (+3.14%) and CapitaMall Trust (-0.92%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index (+1.15%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Oil & Gas Index are Keppel Corp (+1.87%) and Sembcorp Industries (+0.73%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -1.24% with Midas Holdings’s share price declining -3.18% and Geo Energy Resources’s share price unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT CSI300 ETF (-7.63%), DBXT MSCI Asia Ex Japan ETF (unchanged), SPDR Gold Shares (+1.38%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (-0.92%), Ascendas REIT (+2.04%), CapitaCom Trust (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24200MBeCW150226 (-29.20%), HSI24600MBeCW150330 (-25.33%), HSI23400MBePW150226 (+25.33%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were KepCorp MBeCW150602 (+12.07%), SGX MB eCW150803 (-5.84%), DBS MB eCW150602 (-7.61%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                   Monday                            Friday
*ST Index           3,307.7  +7.02            3,300.68  -38.16
Volume:                  1,170.9M                     1,765.1M
Value:                       $897.2M                   $1,388.8M
Gainers/Losers:       193/239                        141/304


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
19 Jan 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 9.74 points or 0.56% on Monday. The Finance Index increased 1.05% to 15527.53 points, the Properties Index up 0.85% to 1297.22 points and the Plantation Index rose 0.10% to 7783.63 points. The market traded within a range of 9.62 points between an intra-day high of 1755.12 and a low of 1745.50 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include SUMATEC, KNM, HSI-CJ, HUBLINE, ASIABIO, MSPORTS-WA, PDZ, DAYA, ARMADA and PERISAI. Trading volume increased to 1918.18 mil shares worth RM1914.88 mil as compared to Friday’s 1786.19 mil shares worth RM1882.21 mil.

Leading Movers were SKPETRO (+13 sen to RM2.63), MAYBANK (+19 sen to RM8.79), FGV (+4 sen to RM2.16), CIMB (+10 sen to RM5.95) and IHH (+7 sen to RM4.95). Lagging Movers were PPB (-30 sen to RM14.00), BAT (-86 sen to RM66.14), PETCHEM (-5 sen to RM5.00), TM (-3 sen to RM6.68) and DIGI (-2 sen to RM6.18). Market breadth was positive with 507 gainers as compared to 302 losers.

The KLCI ended higher at 1753.31 points, buoyed by a rise in crude oil prices. The gains on Wall Street last Friday also helped supporting market sentiment after U.S. consumer sentiment surged to 11-year high.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     19 January 2015    
Description                 Volume                          Value            Frequency
ETF                       11,127,000             1,011,151,300                  136
Stock               6,306,506,239     5,799,301,164,362          227,125
Right                     15,815,800                753,113,700                  421
Warrant                 21,902,000            4,100,658,000                  540
Total                6,355,351,039     5,805,166,087,362           228,222


Thai bourse announces winners of 17th SET youth music competition

BANGKOK, January 19, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), in conjunction with the College of Music, Mahidol University, has recently announced the winners of the 17th "SET Youth Music Competition", among youths with musical
talents. The project aims to encourage young musicians to explore and cultivate their talents and potential up to international standards.
The competition creates opportunities for students from primary school through  undergraduate levels, aged not over 25, to join. Contestants can perform any type of music using non-electronic instruments, including singing.

The gold medal winners were elementary school student Krit Inaram, playing a panpipe, from Amnatcharoen School; secondary school student and violinist Polsid Sodhanasiri from Veeraphan Duriyang School of Music; high school student Pitchayapa Lueangtawikit from College of Music, Mahidol University; playing a violin, and undergraduate and guitarist Chinnawat Themkumkwun from College of Music, Mahidol University.

SET President Kesara Manchusree said that this contest was one of SET's projects that demonstrate corporate social responsibility by continuously enhancing youth potential. This musical competition has proven to be effective in encouraging youth to utilize their free time productively. The more we provided the opportunity for talented youth to perform on stage, the more their musical skills would excel.

"I'm really impressed with the talent of Thai youth today and the performances  of all the winners were really outstanding. SET is truly committed to  encouraging youth to develop their musical skill. The musician or singer needs to devotedly invest both time, energy and mind to learn and practice. We believe that this competition would inspire and pave the way for youth to pursue their dreams for a bright future," Kesara added.

The winners were selected from 40 youths who reached the final round, screened  from 400 youths nationwide. The awards are worth a total of THB 1 million. The gold medal winners receive certificates and scholarships from Mahidol University.

Trading Summary

As of  19 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                                Buy                 Sell                Net
Institution               3,365.28         1,918.49          1,446.78     
Proprietary             3,227.78         2,709.78             518.00     
Foreign                   5,369.26         6,369.50         -1,000.24     
Individual              24,140.34       25,104.88            -964.54     
Total Trading Value     36,102.65 M.Baht     


Vietnam index ends down 0.6 pct, volume low

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  lost 0.57 percent to close at 571.51 points on Monday as most big-caps fell, while volume dropped to the lowest in more than a week on little demand.
Decliners outnumbered rising equities by nearly two to one, led by a 1.29-percent fall in PetroVietNam Gas, the country's top firm by market value, and Vietcombank, Vietnam's biggest lender by capitalisation, lost 2.48 percent.
Trading volume dropped to 88 million shares, a low level last seen on Jan. 8, despite extended net purchase by foreign investors, Reuters data showed.
Weak demand and investors' mixed views about market trends are likely to keep the index moving in tight ranges this week, said brokerage Vietcombank Securities in a note to clients on Monday.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index  at the close

                           VN Index       571.51              
                  PREV. CLOSE       574.81              
                    % CHANGE       -0.57%              
                       HIGH       579.06              
                        LOW        570.1              


SE Asia Stocks - Thai index at four-week high, PTT shares rebound

Thailand's key stock index hit a four-week closing high on Monday amid short-covering in large-caps as expectations about global monetary easing helped lift sentiment in Southeast Asian markets.
 The Thai SET index   rose 1.16 percent to 1,535.37, its highest close since Dec. 22. Shares of PTT   jumped 3.4 percent to a one-week high of 333 baht after last week's decline of 4.7 percent.
 Investors looked forward to the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday, when it is expected to unveil a government bond-buying campaign.  
Brokers also cited expectations of a likely delay in U.S. interest rate hikes after consumer prices there recorded their biggest drop in six years in December. 
 Fund flows to the region were mixed, with Malaysia posting net foreign selling worth 181 million ringgit ($50.7 million) and Thailand reporting 1 billion baht ($30.7 million) of net foreign selling, stock exchange showed.
 In Philippines, foreign investors bought shares worth a net 263 million peso ($5.9 million), with strong buying in large-caps such as Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.   and SM Prime Holdings Inc.

 Market                    Current       Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore             3307.70            3300.68          +0.21
 Kuala Lumpur       1753.31            1743.57         +0.56
 Bangkok                1535.37           1517.74          +1.16
 Jakarta                   5152.09           5148.38          +0.07
 Manila                     7485.32           7490.88           -0.07
 Ho Chi Minh             571.51              574.81          -0.57

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This year in Thailand-what next?

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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.

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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