Thursday 27th November 2014
NEWS TICKER: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 2014: The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -8.70 points lower or -0.26% to 3340.96, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.56%. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.11% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.43%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-0.26%), DBS (-0.25%), ThaiBev (-4.38%), Suntec REIT (+0.26%) and OCBC Bank (+0.10%). The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Health Care Index (+0.47%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Health Care Index are Raffles Medical Group (-0.52%) and Biosensors International Group (+2.75%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index, which declined -2.14% with Midas Holdings ’ share price declining -5.09% and Geo Energy Resources’ share price gaining +2.33%. The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (+0.26%), United SSE 50 China ETF (-0.57%), STI ETF (+0.59%). The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Suntec REIT (+0.26%), Ascendas REIT (-0.86%), CapitaCom Trust (-0.89%). The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24400MBeCW141230 (-15.73%), HSI23800MBePW150129 (+6.45%), HSI23600MBePW141230 (+11.11%). The most active stock warrants by value today were DBS MB eCW150602 (+3.33%), UOB MB eCW150415 (+5.23%), UOB MB eCW150102 (+2.38%) - Moody's has withdrawn the rating of Rossiyskiy Kredit Bank's Caa3 long-term local- and foreign-currency deposit ratings, the Not Prime short-term deposit ratings and the E standalone bank financial strength rating (BFSR), equivalent to a caa3 baseline credit assessment. The ratings agency says the rating has been withdrawn for its own business reasons At the time of the withdrawal, the outlook on the bank's long-term ratings was negative while the standalone E BFSR carried a stable outlook - Malaysian builder MMC Corp Bhd said earlier today that it will list its power unit Malakoff Bhd (IPO-MALB.KL) in a deal bankers expect to raise more than $1bn dollars. The IPO, for up to 30.4% of Malakoff's capital, was deferred earlier this year and approval from the Securities Commission lapsed as a result. MMC, controlled by reclusive Malaysian tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, will resubmit the application within one month and expects the deal to be completed by second quarter of 2015, according to a local stock exchange filing – According to local press report the newly minted Somalia Stock Exchange expects seven companies in the telecoms, financial services and transport sectors to list when it is set up in 2015. Somalia's economy is slowly recovering from more than two decades of conflict, although the government is still battling an Islamist insurgency. Amid the chaos, some businesses have thrived, including money transfer and mobile phone firms. The Somalia Stock Exchange has opened administrative offices in Mogadishu and other Somali centres like Kismayu, as well as in Nairobi, to help recruitment and in other related issues - Moody's has upgraded to Baa1 from Baa2 the long-term deposit ratings of China CITIC Bank International Limited, and affirmed the bank's P-2 short-term deposit ratings. The bank's senior unsecured MTN program rating and deposit note/CD program ratings are also upgraded to (P)Baa1/Baa1 from (P)Baa2/Baa2, while the short-term deposit note/CD program ratings are affirmed at (P)P-2. The bank's baseline credit assessment (BCA) is unchanged at baa3. The outlook on all the ratings is stable. The rating action concludes Moody's review for upgrade for China CITIC Bank International, which was initiated on September 2nd this year, after the senior unsecured bond rating of its ultimate parents CITIC Group Corporation and CITIC Limited (formerly CITIC Pacific Limited) were upgraded to A3 from Baa2. CITIC Group Corporation, wholly owned by China's Ministry of Finance, owns 78% of CITIC Limited, which in turn owns 67% of China CITIC Bank.

eSecLending auctions $43bn for CalPERS

Thursday, 31 May 2012
eSecLending auctions $43bn for CalPERS eSecLending, the global securities lending agent, says it has conducted a securities lending auction of $43bn in US equities for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). CalPERS awarded Citi exclusive borrowing access to $28bn of the assets through a bidding process in May 2012. The remaining assets were awarded to other participating bidders and to eSecLending’s discretionary lending program. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

eSecLending, the global securities lending agent, says it has conducted a securities lending auction of $43bn in US equities for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). CalPERS awarded Citi exclusive borrowing access to $28bn of the assets through a bidding process in May 2012. The remaining assets were awarded to other participating bidders and to eSecLending’s discretionary lending program.

“We are very excited about the results of the recent US equity auction,” says Dan Kiefer, Opportunistic Portfolio Manager for CalPERS. "eSecLending’s auction process once again optimized our assets in a transparent and disciplined manner. We look forward to working with Citi in the coming term.”

“We are thrilled to have won these assets and deepen our relationship with CalPERS”, said Alan Pace, head of prime finance in the Americas at Citi. “This win is a testament to the growth we have experienced in our Prime Finance franchise as well as our continued commitment to provide our clients with access to the highest quality borrow.”



Securities lending plays a significant role in today’s global capital markets. The practice improves overall market efficiency and liquidity, provides a critical element for hedging, acts as a useful tool for risk management in trading and investment strategies and helps to facilitate timely settlement of securities. With the balance of securities on loan at the end of April 2012 exceeding $1.9trn globally, securities lending has evolved from a back office operational function to an investment management and trading discipline.

eSecLending is an independent global securities lending agent providing customized securities lending solutions for institutional investors worldwide. The company’s innovative approach has introduced investment management practices to the securities lending industry, offering beneficial owners a compelling alternative to traditional pooled lending programs. Their differentiated process facilitates best execution by utilizing a transparent, disciplined and repeatable auction process to determine their clients’ optimal securities lending strategy. In addition to outperformance, their approach provides clients with greater transparency and control, allowing them to more effectively monitor and mitigate risks.

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