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STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-Index rebounds, but near-term weakness seen

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 05:20 hrs

Singapore shares rebounded from the previous day's fall after Wall Street rallied on better-than-expected retail sales and a drop in weekly jobless benefit claims in the United States, but analysts expect some near-term weakness.

The Straits Times Index rose 0.8 percent to 3,156.64 points, after closing 0.7 percent lower on Thursday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 1.3 percent higher.

Shares of Singapore Technologies Engineering, Golden Agri-Resources and ComfortDelGro Corp all gained more than 2.5 percent.

Standard Chartered said Asian equity and bond markets have been particularly weak over the last few weeks, hit by increasing fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start tapering off its quantitative easing programme and the continued weakness of the Chinese economy.

While some of the previously top-performing equity markets such as the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have been the worst-hit, the sell-off has been "reasonably broad-based", with Taiwan and Malaysia the least affected, Standard Chartered said.

It also said China and South Korea, two of the cheaper markets in Asia, are both down over 12 percent from their peaks.

"While there are some signs of stabilisation in Asian economic data, we believe there is the risk of further short-term disappointments and this may lead to further equity market weakness in the near term," it said, preferring developed equity markets to their emerging counterparts.

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10:59 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-OCBC cuts CDL Hospitality target, keeps 'hold'

OCBC Investment Research lowered its target price on Singapore's CDL Hospitality Trusts to S$1.79 from S$2.05 but kept its 'hold' rating, citing weaker revenue per available room (RevPAR) projections in Singapore.

CDL units were up 0.55 percent at S$1.83 versus a 0.8 percent gain in the benchmark Straits Times Index on Friday. The stock has fallen about 3 percent so far this year.

From January to April, RevPAR for Singapore hotels fell 2.6 percent from a year earlier to S$218 ($170), OCBC said, adding visitor arrivals are converting into fewer room nights on a per capita basis.

OCBC forecast hotel room demand growth of 5.4 percent per year from 2013 to 2015, lower than the projected 5.8 percent per annum increase in room supply.

"Concerned with an oversupply situation building up in the hospitality market and generally weak performance of the industry year-to-date, we are lowering our FY13 RevPAR growth assumption for CDLHT's Singapore hotels from 0% to -5%," OCBC said.



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