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27 February 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -23.32 points lower or -0.68% to 3402.86, taking the year-to-date performance to +1.12%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.18% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.17%. The top active stocks were OCBC Bank (-1.04%), SingTel (-1.40%), Noble (-8.02%), DBS (-0.61%) and UOB (+0.35%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+0.61%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (-1.59%) and Geo Energy Resources (-0.52%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index, which declined -1.40% with Wilmar International’s share price declining -2.12% and Thai Beverage’s share price declining -1.41%.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the DBXT MSCI Singapore IM ETF (unchanged), STI ETF (-0.59%), IS MSCI India (+0.87%).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCom Trust (-1.40%), CapitaMall Trust (-0.94%), Ascendas REIT (unchanged).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150330 (-5.21%), HSI25000MBeCW150429 (-5.63%), HSI24400MBePW150330 (+2.50%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were OCBC Bk MBeCW150803 (+2.61%), DBS MB eCW150420 (-8.00%), KepCorp MBeCW150901 (+0.90%).

Singapore Stock Market
                                    Friday                      Thursday
*ST Index         3,402.86  -23.32      3,426.18  -14.65
Volume:                  1,508.4M                1,127.3M
Value:                    $1,409.2M                 $946.2M
Gainers/Losers:       165/270                   188/225


Daily Market Commentary (Securities)
27 Feb 2015

The FBM KLCI index gained 0.34 points or 0.02% on Friday. The Finance Index increased 0.49% to 15989.08 points, the Properties Index dropped 0.02% to 1338.67 points and the Plantation Index down 0.93% to 8009.67 points. The market traded within a range of 13.91 points between an intra-day high of 1825.65 and a low of 1811.74 during the session.

Actively traded stocks include NEXGRAM, WINTONI, HUBLINE, DGSB, ETITECH, TENAGA, NEXGRAM-WC, PESONA-WC, PERISAI and DGB. Trading volume increased to 2212.16 mil shares worth RM2732.31 mil as compared to Thursday’s 1887.54 mil shares worth RM2034.49 mil.

Leading Movers were PETDAG (+92 sen to RM19.58), CIMB (+12 sen to RM5.95), IHH (+9 sen to RM5.57), TENAGA (+22 sen to RM14.72) and KLCC (+8 sen to RM6.93). Lagging Movers were FGV (-27 sen to RM2.32), PETGAS (-46 sen to RM23.06), GENTING (-13 sen to RM8.85), DIGI (-8 sen to RM6.35) and YTL (-2 sen to RM1.65). Market breadth was negative with 367 gainers as compared to 484 losers.

The KLCI ended 0.34 points higher at 1821.21 lifted by gains in heavyweights counter such as PETDAG and CIMB. However, market sentiment remained cautious due to lower US inflation data coupled with the decline in Japan's inflation rate for January that signals the fragility of the recovery in the world's third-largest economy.


Trade Summary
Date As of:     27 February 2015    
Description               Volume                              Value       Frequency
Total               6,582,747,881      6,964,274,163,609          226,787
ETF                             99,400                    92,253,400                    11
Stock             6,521,188,881       6,961,942,313,709          225,112
Right                             5,200                              5,200                    03
Warrant               61,454,400               2,239,591,300              1,661

Thai bourse embraces alliances to enhance social investment for sustainability

Bangkok: February 27, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has joined forces with British Council (Thailand) and Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO) to organize a special Social Development Forum 2/2015 under the topic "Social Investment Market: Beyond CSR and Philanthropy", opening a forum for investors, stakeholders in the Thai capital market and the general public to meet and exchange views on opportunities and challenges associated with social enterprise (SE), to promote social investment concept, encouraging them to participate in solving environmental and social problems, building sustainability for all.

SET Chairman Sathit Limpongpan stated, "As a key source of fund and investment,  SET has been committed to developing quality investment and diversifying investment alternatives by promoting Social Responsible Investing (SRI) concept among all participants. SRI practice gives investment returns plus benefits to society and environment, encouraging all parties in the capital market to contribute to solving problems for society and environment, as they are parts of an engine to drive the country forward. SET has taken a step further by being instrumental in supporting stakeholders to develop various social investment tools, covering social venture capital fund, social responsibility mutual fund, social investment bank and social impact bond."

"We foresee a bright future for social enterprise (SE) development in Thailand  if entrepreneurs receive support from listed companies, which are an integral part that can contribute tremendously to the social investment. The synergy of the listed firms can be a driving force for social investment and sustainability by setting up social enterprise or investing in social enterprise," added Sathit.

Andrew Glass, Country Director, British Council Thailand, the forum's co-organizer said that the British government and British Council have
cooperated with the government sector, private sector, NGOs and universities in both Thailand and the United Kingdom (UK) to practically drive development and investment in SEs. Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair of the G8 Social Investment

Taskforce, an international leader who is successful in promoting responsible business and boosting the market of impact investing in the UK, will give a speech to share his experiences. The participants can learn a great deal on SE development in the UK with clear picture from concept to implementation models to global SE directions, ultimately to solve environment and social problems. As  such, this will help stimulate social investment in Thailand."

TSEO's mission is to support the creation of SE by promoting stakeholders to  participate in creating social enterprise culture in Thailand, encouraging them to shift their role from problem maker to become effective problem solver, so as  to create balance in the society we live in.

Trading Summary

As of    27  Feb 2015  Unit: M.Baht   Unit: M.Bah
Type                             Buy                 Sell                    Net
Institution           4,282.49         3,810.92              471.57     
Proprietary         3,946.27         5,037.56          -1,091.29     
Foreign             12,478.61       13,245.25             -766.64     
Individual          36,000.05       34,613.70           1,386.35     
Total Trading Value     56,707.43 M.Baht     


Vietnam index closes 0.7 pct down in cautious trade

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index   closed 0.7 percent lower on Friday, with most blue-chips heading south on the last session of the week in volatile market and near a strong resistance level.
Around 40 percent of equities lost ground, led by Hanoi-based Vietcombank , the country's top lender by market value, with a 2.54 percent fall, slipping from its record high closing level on Thursday.
Food producer Masan Group   lost 1.72 percent, while Mobile World Investment Corp  <MWG.HM> , the country's largest mobile phone retailer, tumbled 5.63 percent, after closing at a record high in the previous session.
The index has been volatile ever since it hit a three-month closing high on Tuesday, and analysts said liquidity was not solid enough for a strong rebound. Trading volume fell 13 percent from Thursday to 78.3 million shares.  
 Investors should limit buying and reduce risky shares in their portfolios, BIDV Securities said in a note to clients.
"The 600 points is considered by many a strong resistance but if foreign investors continue to keep keep their buying, it is possible for the VN Index to hover around the area of 590-600 points," the brokerage said.  
Following is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close

                   VN Index   592.57            
          PREV. CLOSE   596.72            
              % CHANGE    -0.7%            
              HIGH   598.40            
               LOW   590.58          

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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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