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Justin Harper
Justin Harper is an experienced financial journalist who previously worked on the business desks of the Daily Mail, The Telegraph and Financial Times Business in London. Since relocating to Singapore in 2010 ​,​ he was head of media and research at IG Markets, regularly appearing on BBC World News, CNBC and Channel NewsAsia. He is now a freelance business and lifestyle journalist who writes for a wide variety of local and regional publications.

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STI Dips… Chance To Grab Frasers Centrepoint And Raffles Medical?

The STI has been in the red for the past few days. However, dips present opportunities to those who know where to find it.

  • 26 February 2014
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    Post-Budget Week; STI On Technical Rebound

    Post-budget week and the STI appears to be on a rebound. However, there doesn’t seem to be any real reason for this. Meanwhile we have various economic news that are due out from the region and Singapore.

  • 24 February 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
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    DBS And UOB Posts Strong Earnings Amid Political Squeeze

    Although the Straits Times Index (STI) continues to inch up again this week, this only tells half the story. Volumes have been low and there has been no real catalyst to drive the local market higher.

  • 19 February 2014
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    Time For Review

    Expect Markets To Take Direction From US For The Week

    After losing more than 6 percent since the start of the year, the Straits Times Index (STI) has been climbing all week although no-one, for a minute, thinks we are in any kind of a bull run.

  • 17 February 2014
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    Shopping For Catalysts In Sheng Siong And UOB

    The STI has slowly been edging up in the last few days but with no real conviction or promise. Trading volumes have been low as traders shake off CNY celebrations and look for themes for the year ahead.

  • 12 February 2014
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    Value Stocks Standout As Markets Plunge

    Even with celebrative spirit from the festive season, the FTSE Straits Times Index (STI) could not resist piercing its 3,000 support line on 3 February.

  • 05 February 2014
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    STI Breaks 3,000; Corporate Earnings In Full Swing

    The Straits Times Index greeted the market after the lunar New Year by breaking below 3,000. The Nikkei 225 was drenched in a pool of red as well.

  • 03 February 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
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    Nam Cheong And OSIM: More Upside Potential To Come?

    Both OCBC and UOB maintained their “Buy” ratings on Nam Cheong. The average upside potential among analysts is for a 15.6 percent rise in the share price.

  • 29 January 2014
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    STI Continues To Sink As Hot Money Leaves Emerging Markets

    The Straits Times Index continues its free fall from the past two trading days during morning trade today. All sub-indices are in the red with Basic Materials, Industrials and Tech stocks performing particularly poorly.

  • 27 January 2014
  • Forward, Tradeable
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    A Look At Industrial Trusts, Post Earnings (CIT and A-REIT)

    As the FY13 earnings season begins, we look into two trusts that have just released their results and have attracted relatively good reviews from analysts.

  • 22 January 2014
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    Company Earnings Eyed As STI Starts The Week Negatively

    While the week ahead may not be the busiest for the world economy, there are a still some key events that traders will watch out for. And in Singapore the earnings season is in full swing with some big names reporting Q3 or Q4 results.

  • 20 January 2014
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    SGX And Biosensors: Probable Suprises This Earnings Season?

    FY13 earnings season is almost upon us. We look at SGX and Biosensors with hopes that their upcoming earnings release could prompt a share price rally.

  • 15 January 2014
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    FY13 Earnings Season Is Upon Us! Up First, REITs & Trusts!

    This week marks the beginning of 4Q13’s earnings season! Be prepared as most REITs and trusts will usually be the first in line to report earnings for FY13.

  • 13 January 2014
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    The Mermaid And Ezion: An Offshore Focus

    The STI seems to be stuck in a rut, posting three successive days of losses. Join us as we look at two stocks from the offshore sector. These two might just turn out to buck the rut the STI has been stuck in.

  • 08 January 2014
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    Big Week Ahead With Significant Figures From US and China

    The first full week of 2014 starts with a bang for the global economy with some crucial factory output figures due out along with the potentially game-changing non-farm payrolls data out of the U.S at the end of the week.

  • 06 January 2014
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    Trading Ideas For The New Year: M1, Viva

    A new year is upon us and a chance for traders to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. This means searching out new investment opportunities and possibly reshuffling an existing portfolio.

  • 02 January 2014
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    The STI’s Last Minute Scramble To Positive Territory

    The STI is desperately scrambling to end the year in the black in what has been a topsy-turvy year for the local market, dominated by the penny stocks fiasco.

  • 30 December 2013
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    Ideas: Cambridge Industrial Trust & Keppel Corporation

    While the Santa rally that traditionally happens to world stock markets largely passed Singapore by this year, it did enjoy a last-minute snowfall. On the lead-up to the Christmas break, the STI enjoyed a four-day winning streak which has helped it cut its losses to just 1.3 percent for 2013. The upbeat mood was sparked [...]

  • 26 December 2013
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    US & IMF See Rosier Days Ahead; Not So For STI?

    Santa is not coming to town if you are a trader in Singapore. Coupled with a fairly quiet week due to the holidays, we can expect the Straits Times Index to languish below where it started at the beginning of December.

  • 23 December 2013
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    Dividend Plays! SATS & Del Monte

    With the FOMC meeting in US these few days, who knows what they will eventually decide? More importantly, who knows how will markets react? Why worry about these topsy turvy developments when you can earn steady dividends? This week we look at SATS and Del Monte, both dividend plays in their own fields.

  • 18 December 2013
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    Gloom Poured Into Markets; Will The Fed Taper This Month?

    Global markets have been fairly sluggish as we head towards the festive season, with Singapore particularly listless. This week, the US dominates the economic calendar and traders will be hoping for no end-of-year surprises before Santa arrives.

  • 16 December 2013
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    Looking At Hotels And Courts – A Cause To Buy?

    Where did the Santa rally go? Perhaps we have all been very naughty this year. Notwithstanding the absence of Santa, we look at CDL Hospitality trusts and Courts Asia this week. Perhaps, Santa just needs more hospitality?

  • 11 December 2013
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    Setting Up For A Rally Or Falling Off The Fiscal Cliff

    STI Up In Morning Trade; What’s Happening This Week?

    The STI has seen gains during the morning trading session. Possibly due to the good economic figures released over the weekend. However, if you might not want to pop the champagne just yet. These gains could head south the moment investors get worried of an early Federal Reserve taper.

  • 09 December 2013
  • Forward, Tradeable
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