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STI Highlights Of 2013
Perspective | 31 December 2013
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Because of their sheer size, the 30 companies of the STI make up more than half of the market capitalisation of Singapore’s stock market. Like the stock market, these companies are diverse in terms of their geographical reach, relevant business sectors and the years that they have been serving us with products and services.

During the year, the STI held most of the relative strong gains of 2012 and had generated a total return of 2.6 percent as of the close on 27 December, 2013.

Five best performing STI stocks
The five strongest stocks of the Straits Times Index (STI) in the 2013 year up to Friday each represented a different sector. This was different from 2012, where four of the five best performing stocks for that year represented the Real Estate sector. Hence, the diversity
element of the stock market was a highlight of the year.

The five best performing STI stocks in 2013 through to Friday and respective total returns

Thai Beverage (+38.5 percent)
SIA Engineering (+19.3 percent)
DBS Group (+18.5 percent)
Starhub (+18.5 percent)
ComfortDelgro (+15.9 percent)

The stock that posted the highest price gains over the year was Thai Beverage, which was also added to the STI during in March 2013. The five most laggard stocks of the STI over the year were City Developments (-25.4 percent), Jardine Cycle & Carriage (-24.6 percent), Capitaland (-18.1 percent), Golden Agri Resources (-16.9 percent) and Hongkong Land Holdings (-13.9 percent). Of these five stocks, the Real Estate Investment & Services Sector had three representations.

Five Highest Dividend Yields In 2013 YTD
The five STI stocks with the highest 12 month dividend yield as of Friday were Singapore Press Holdings (9.8 percent), Hutchison Port Holdings (8.9 percent), Starhub (4.7 percent), SingTel (4.6 percent) and SIA Engineering (4.4 percent). As noted in the table below, all 30 STI stocks, sorted by respective price changes in the year to date, maintain a dividend yield.

Source: Bloomberg (Data as of 27 December 2013)

Access To The STI Simplified Even Further This Year
There are two Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) listed on SGX that track the STI, the SPDR STI ETF (ES3) and the Nikko AM STI ETF (G3B). The two ETFs have different board sizes and thus maintain different minimum transaction requirements. These two Exchange Traded Funds that track the STI are both non-SIP and the SPDR STI ETF is included in the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS).

Investor access to the STI has been enhanced in recent months with the OCBC Blue Chip Investment Plan (click here) and POSB Invest Saver Scheme (click here) complementing the pre-existing Phillip Share Builders Plan (click here). These Regular Share Saving (RSS) plans make regular investing in the blue chip companies and securities related to the STI accessible to all investors.

These investment plans start from $100 per month. The provider of the RSS plan will invest this dollar amount in the specified stocks or STI product on a given day every month. If the share price of the counter is higher than it was during the previous month, the investor would
get fewer shares with the fixed dollar amount. If the share price is lower, the investor gets more shares. Therefore, the investor automatically buys less at market highs and more at market lows. Over the year, the price paid for each share of the counter will be averaged
over the different months.

Thai Beverage Public Co  0.875 -- --   
Business: [FY18 Turnover] Spirits (46.1%), beer (41.1%), non-alcoholic beverages (7%), food (5.8%).

Insight: May-19, 1H19 revenue rose 26.1% to THB142.6b mainl... Read More
DBS Group Hldgs  25.050 +0.11 +0.44%   
Business: [FY18 Total Income] Institutional banking (43.7%), consumer banking/wealth management (42.9%), treasury markets and others (13.4%).

Insight: Apr-19, 1Q19 net profit rose 9% to a record $1.7b.... Read More
City Developments  9.880 +0.15 +1.54%   
Business: Co is an international property & hotel conglomerate. [FY18 Turnover] Property development (48.4%), hotel operations (39.8%), rental properties (8.5%), others (3.3%).

Insight: May-19, 1Q19 decreased 29.5% to $746.2m compared t... Read More
ComfortDelGro Corp  2.440 +0.03 +1.24%   
Business: [FY18 Turnover] Public transport services (71.2%), taxi (19.1%), others (9.7%).

Insight: May-19, 1Q19 revenue rose 7.8% to $947.3m, underpi... Read More
Jardine Cycle & Carriage  30.370 +0.05 +0.16%   
Business: Co is mainly engaged in the mfr, assembly, distribution, and retailing of motor vehicles and motorcycles in S'pore, M'sia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Insight: Apr-19, 1Q19 revenue rose 1.6% due to higher reven... Read More
CapitaLand  3.560 +0.02 +0.56%   
Business: Co develops, owns, and manages real estate properties. [FY18 Geographical] China (41.2%), S'pore (38.5%), Europe & others (18.6%), Vietnam & Others (1.7%).

Insight: Apr-19, 1Q19 revenue fell 23.8% while net profit d... Read More
Golden Agri-Resources  0.210 -0.005 -2.33%   
Business: Co is engaged in cultivating & harvesting oil palm trees, processing fresh fruit bunches (FFB) into crude palm oil (CPO) & palm kernel (PK), & refining CPO into industrial & consumer pdts.

Insight: May-19, 1Q19 revenue fell 11% due to softer crude ... Read More
Hongkong Land Hldgs  5.440 -0.08 -1.45%   
Business: Co is principally engaged in the business of investment, management and development of properties in key Asian cities of Singapore and Hong Kong. [FY18 Turnover] Sales of properties (57.5%), rental income (36.9%), service income (5.6%).

Insight: Feb-19, FY18 revenue rose 64.9% with Co's investme... Read More
Singapore Press Hldgs  2.160 +0.01 +0.47%   
Business: Co is S'pore's main newspaper & magazines publisher that also has investment in properties. [FY18 Turnover] Media (66.7%), property (24.7%), others (8.6%).

Insight: Apr-19, 1H19 operating revenue fell 3% to $477.6m ... Read More
Hutchison Port Hldgs Trust US  0.164 -0.001 -0.61%   
Business: Co invests in, develops, operates and manages deep-water container ports in the Pearl River Delta.

Insight: Apr-19, 1Q19 revenue inched up 0.3% as combined co... Read More
StarHub  1.290 -- --   
Business: [FY18 Turnover] Mobile (34.9%), sale of equipment (22.4%), enterprise fixed (21.6%), pay TV (13.2%), broadband (7.9%).

Insight: May-19, 1Q19 total revenue rose 6% to $596.8m attr... Read More
Singtel  3.170 -- --   
Business: Asia's leading communications group. [FY19 Turnover] Mobile Comm (31.1%), Data & Internet (19.2%), Infocomm Technology (17.5%), Sale of Eqmt (16.5%), Digital Biz (7.2%), Fixed Voice (5.2%), Pay-TV (2.1%), Leasing (0.8%), others (0.4%).

Insight: May-19, FY19 operating revenue remained flat at $1... Read More
SIA Engineering Co  2.610 +0.01 +0.38%   
Business: A leading aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company providing total maintenance solutions to a client base of international airlines. [FY18 Turnover] Airframe and Line Maintenance (97.5%), Engine and Component (2.5%).

Insight: May-19, FY19 revenue was 6.8% lower at $1b largely... Read More

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