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A study by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) shows that the average transaction value of private homes sold in the primary market in the first 2 months of the year rose to $1.78m per unit, as developers released more upmarket projects.

  • 12 March 2010
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    Budget 2010 Focus: How Advanced Is Our Economy?

    The buzzword for this year’s Budget is productivity and Singapore has set herself an ambitious goal – to grow the nation’s productivity by 2%-3% per year over the next decade.

  • 26 February 2010
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    Oslo-listed Golden Ocean Group (GOG) has received regulatory approval for a dual-listing in Singapore, according to the SGX yesterday.

  • 26 February 2010
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    Preparing For An Advanced Economy: Budget 2010

    Singapore has announced its Budget 2010 yesterday, with an aim towards becoming an advanced economy by the next decade.

  • 23 February 2010
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    According to Elliott Wave International (EWI), Asian stocks may decline for months after forming a ‘top’ that signals the end of a 10-month rally

  • 05 February 2010
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    Tiger Airways Takes IPO Leap As Competition Heats Up

    SIA will soon have its subsidiary, budget carrier Tiger Airways (TA) join it on the SGX Mainboard on Jan 22, 2010

  • 22 January 2010
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    Ryobi Kiso Hldgs, a piling and geoservices specialist, has launched its IPO for a Singapore Exchange mainboard listing.

  • 22 January 2010
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    Of the 154 Catalist companies, 14 have yet to find a sponsor as of Jan 6, 2010 with less than a month left before the Feb 5 deadline arrives.

  • 08 January 2010
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    In The Aftermath Of Copenhagen

    It was perhaps too much to ask for from the 12-day United Nations (UN) Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

  • 24 December 2009
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    Low-cost carrier Tiger Airways has lodged its preliminary prospectus with the MAS as it seeks to raise IPO funds on the SGX to enable aircraft acquisitions

  • 24 December 2009
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    HISAKA Rides On Semicon Recovery

    Automation solutions provider specialising in mechanical motion products, HISAKA Holdings (HH) has recently been upgraded

  • 11 December 2009
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    Policy-makers in the world’s major economies are likely to wait many more months before they rein in economic stimulus measures, even in Asia, where many economies have rebounded rapidly

  • 11 December 2009
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    Singapore’s October CPI fell for a seventh consecutive month, down 0.8% on-year vs 0.4% drop in September due to lower housing and recreation costs, based on government data. The median forecast from a Dow Jones Newswires poll of seven economists was for CPI to have fallen 0.5% from a year earlier.

  • 26 November 2009
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    SingTel’s 2Q Net Profit Up 19% To $952m
    Southeast Asia’s largest telco SingTel has reported an 18.8% yoy rise in net profit for 2Q10 ended 30 September, thanks to robust performance in its Singapore and Australia businesses and strong earnings recovery by its Indonesian associate, Telkomsel.

  • 13 November 2009
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    Veteran Fund Manager Bent On Bull Markets Ahead

    The recent stock market pullback may have dampened investors’ sentiments about the pace of the global economic recovery but at least there is certain guy who boldly claims that a bull and a V-shaped recovery is definitely in the making, a view that runs counter to most analysts.

  • 05 November 2009
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    The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) in Singapore has increased from 88 to 110 in 3Q09 as recovery from the economic crisis continues (neutral point being 100).

  • 30 October 2009
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    GOODLAND Finds Its Feet Amongst The Big Boys

    Small and medium property developer, Goodland Group, raised a few eyebrows recently when it became the first property company to go public this year. The company has drawn skepticism over its ability to ‘survive’ when thrown against the swarm of property counters already teeming the local property sector.

  • 30 October 2009
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    Swing Media Eyes Lucrative Solar Panel Business In PRC

    We have been scouting around for the past one year to find a green business model with products that are easy to reproduce and in huge demand,” asserted Matthew. “In HY, we are glad to have found our baby – a lucrative business worth Rmb3.2b potentially if you work out the mathematics.”

  • 16 October 2009
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    According to China Ocean Shipping (Group) (Cosco), the parent of SGX mainboard-listed COSCO Corp (S), the Baltic Dry Index may surge more than 80% by the end of 2009 on increased demand for shipments to PRC. The index, a yardstick for measuring shipping costs for commodities, may rebound to rebound to 4,000 points as local governments encourage factory output, especially of steel.

  • 02 October 2009
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    CNA Thrives On Theme Of Environmental Sustainability

    Ever wonder how does an ‘Intelligent Building’ really work? The notion of it may sound sophisticated enough to put the uninitiated off.

  • 18 September 2009
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    Analysts said anticipated lower home sales brought forth by the Singapore government’s recent scrapping of interest absorption scheme (IAS) and interest-only housing loan, could result in slowdown in housing loans growth, therefore hitting the 3 local banks’ profits, according to a report from The Business Times. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in particular, expects the earnings of the 3 local banks to be reduced by around 0.5% through a negative impact on both volumes and margins.

  • 18 September 2009
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    Labour chief Lim Swee Say has pointed out that the outlook for Singapore’s wafer fabrication industry is encouraging and that the global semiconductor revenue is expected to rise to $250b in 2010 and continue to grow in 2011, though at a slower rate.

  • 04 September 2009
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    Property giant CapitaLand announced that it has deployed about $1b from its $1.8b rights issue earlier this year to increase the respective capital base of its PRC, Vietnam and Ascott businesses. $500m will go to CapitaLand China Hldgs, $299m to CapitaLand (Vietnam) Hldgs and $200m to serviced apartment chain The Ascott Group.

  • 21 August 2009
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    The Impending Advent Of The Green Economy

    If you have seen the movie, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, you would probably find it hard to forget the scene where the symbolic Statue of Liberty fronting New York Harbour was swept off by the mega tsunamis measuring tower-light in height, before engulfing the whole of New York City in deep water subsequently.

  • 21 August 2009
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    The Manufacturing sector expanded in July for a 3rd straight month after having contracted over 8 consecutive months, according to latest figures from the Purchasing Managers’ Index. The index crept up 0.4 point from June to 51.5 points, thanks to further expansion in new orders and new export orders.

  • 07 August 2009
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    The sea freight container sector is set to remain weak going into 2010 as uncertainty over the pace of world economic recovery and fleet oversupply continues to dog the sector. In a forecast report by London-based shipbroker Clarksons, the volume of container trade will contract 8.3% this year versus growth of 4.8% in 2008.

  • 24 July 2009
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    Is Epure The Next “Midas”?

    The curtains may have drawn to a close at the recently held Singapore International Water Week 2009, which attracted investments in water-related deals totaling approximately $2.2b, nearly 6 times the amount achieved last year. For PRC-based water treatment firm Epure International (Epure) however, its next significant corporate stride forward could just be about to begin.

  • 10 July 2009
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    According to economists at Barclays Capital, the Singapore economy should recover in y-o-y terms by 4Q09, with GDP increasing 2.2% – after 5 quarters of declines – boosted by the opening of 3 biologics plants and the anticipated opening of Shell’s US$3b petrochemical cracker in that quarter.

  • 10 July 2009
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    Starhill Global REIT, which owns stakes in Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City in Singapore, has said it will raise $337.3m through a rights issue, making it the 5th REIT this year to raise funds by issuing new units.

  • 26 June 2009
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    Recovering Palm Oil Sees Red Flag Ahead

    According to many recent analyst reports, the sentiments towards Crude Palm Oil (CPO) prices have started to turn bearish, mainly attributable to expectations of higher CPO production in the next few months and a probable weakened Chinese and Indian demand in 2H09.

  • 26 June 2009
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    Oil price has stormed back above a 7-month high of US$70.32 per barrel in recent weeks, spurred by a weakening US$ and strong car sales figures from PRC. Since February, oil prices have rallied sharply in line with equities and credit markets as investors started to position themselves for global economic recovery powered by Chinese consumption.

  • 12 June 2009
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    Is This The Real Economic Recovery?

    The metaphoric “green shoots” have been sprouting everywhere, or rather its brought-on hype, ever since US Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke first remarked that he detected “green shoots” of economic recovery and that its recent monetary policies have started to pay off.

  • 12 June 2009
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    Weak US Dollar May Impact 2Q09 Earnings Reports

    The US dollar (USD) has taken a drastic about-turn since peaking on 2 March 2009, as it continues its slide against the Sing Dollar (SGD) for the last 2 months.

  • 29 May 2009
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    Tianjin Zhong Xin Outperforms Peers

    Little known pharmaceutical counter, Tianjin Zhong Xin Pharmaceutical Group (TJ) has seen its shares rising steadily since end November 2008.

  • 29 May 2009
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    The US economy is expected to begin growing in 2H09, while the jobless rate is expected to peak in 1Q10, according to a survey of top forecasters in the Blue Chip Economic Indicators newsletter for May.

  • 15 May 2009
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    Keeping An Eye On The Economic Pulse

    Recent talks have been rife that the US market is bottoming out, with some arguing that it has already hit the base back on March 12 when the S&P 500 touched its 12-year low.

  • 17 April 2009
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    According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline stocks may have already bottomed out by pricing in the poor 4Q results and the slump in traffic.

  • 03 April 2009
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    After recent cash calls by Temasek-linked companies (TLCs) DBS Group, CapitaLand and Chartered Semiconductor, non-Temasek names such as UOB, Suntec REIT and possibly Parkway Holdings could follow suit, according to DMG & Partners Securities.

  • 20 March 2009
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    Finance and Economics Networking Conference 2009-Bleak Or Bloom

    In conjunction with its 10th Anniversary, the NTU Investment Interactive Club (NTU-IIC) will be organizing an inaugural event, known as the Finance and Economics Networking Conference 2009 come this 21st March.

  • 06 March 2009
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    Under new Singapore Exchange (SGX) rules taking effect on March 24, companies must announce the use of funds once the money is being ‘materially disbursed’ and whether it is used as intended. If there is a material deviation in the use, the company must explain the reason.

  • 06 March 2009
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    ST Engineering’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2008 has fallen 30.1% to $102.3m YoY. However, sales rose 3.8% to $1.35b in the same period. For the full year, the company made a net profit of $473.6m, down 6% YoY, even though turnover was up 6% at $5.34b.

  • 20 February 2009
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    Tat Hong Appears Poised To Ride On Government Stimulus Plans

    In the recent Budget 2009, the Singapore government announced its commitment of $4.4b into new infrastructure developments over the next five years. This has no doubt brought relief to the construction industry which is now slumping.

  • 20 February 2009
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    Lippo-Mapletree Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIR Trust) has announced a distributable income of $3.2m for 4Q08 ended 31 December 2008, 79% below its forecast of $15.5m. Distribution per unit (DPU) for the period thus fell short of its forecast of $0.0145 at $0.003. For FY08, distributable income was $59.5m, 14% lower than its forecast of $68.9m while DPU was $0.056 against its forecast of $0.0648.

  • 06 February 2009
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    Mainboard-listed Chemoil Energy, which already has presence in the world’s three largest ports of Singapore, Fujairah and Rotterdam, will start supplying bunker fuel at Indian ports early this year through its 50:50 joint venture with Adani Enterprises

  • 16 January 2009
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    Chartered Semiconductor In Recent Sale Talk Rumour

    Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (CSM), the world’s third largest semiconductor foundry, has suddenly seen its shares soar by as much as 43% to $0.30 by the close of trading as of January 8. At the week’s close, the stock has amassed a 72% gain on capital, putting it in the limelight.

  • 16 January 2009
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    What if the US Big Three Automakers Fail?

    After a prolonged standoff and some political wrangling by the bipartisan US lawmakers, the US government under the Bush Administration has finally decided to throw a temporary lifeline in the form of a US$17.4 billion bailout loan to two of the Big Three automakers

  • 02 January 2009
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    Poor market sentiment is slowing Transcu Group’s compliance placement exercise and trading in the counter will stay suspended

  • 19 December 2008
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    China Fibretech Bucks Trend

    In view of current financial crisis, it comes as no surprise that of the 30 IPOs listed this year, only 2 are currently trading above their listing prices.

  • 19 December 2008
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    Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) has inked a conditional sale and purchase agreement with Ambrosia Investment (Ambrosia)

  • 05 December 2008
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    Straits Asia Resources, which owns two coal mines in Indonesia, has secured a US$300m loan from Standard Chartered Bank.

  • 21 November 2008
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    3 Reasons Why Man Wah Continues To Deliver

    Hot on the heels of the company, we attempt to find out the reasons behind its continued success in the furniture manufacturing business.

  • 21 November 2008
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    There Is Something About The Oil & Gas Industry

    Since 3 June 2008, the local FTSE ST Indices, led by Straits Times Index have been mired in a declining trend.

  • 13 October 2008
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    CapitaLand is expected to recognise a gross gain of about $43m from divesting the property.

  • 22 September 2008
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    Property giant CapitaLand said that it will realise a total portfolio gain of $313m from injecting four Raffles City assets in China as seed assets

  • 29 August 2008
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    Just two months after it launched a $1b preference share offering, OCBC Bank is launching another issue of 10m preference shares to raise up to $1.5b.

  • 15 August 2008
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    The trust has gained around 8% since the start of the year, beating the benchmark index’s 16% fall.

  • 01 August 2008
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    DBS Asset Management is one of three financial institutions granted licences to set up Islamic fund management operations in Malaysia, according to report by Business Times.

  • 18 July 2008
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