STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-Index rises, led by Keppel Corp

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 07:20 hrs

Singapore shares rose, with Keppel Corp Ltd among the biggest gainers after the world's largest oil rig builder won two contracts worth S$200 million ($161.4 million).

The Straits Times Index was up 0.3 percent at 3,264.29 points, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.6 percent.

Keppel shares rose as much as 1.3 percent to S$11.62 and were among the top traded stocks by value in Singapore on Wednesday.

DBS Vickers estimated full-year order wins of S$6 billion for Keppel and saw potential for more contracts related to floating production storage and offloading (FPSO). DBS maintained its 'buy' rating and target price of S$13 on the stock.

However, shares of offshore vessel builder STX OSV Holdings Ltd fell as much as 4.2 percent to S$1.26, the lowest in nearly two weeks. Close to 14 million shares were traded, 1.8 times the average full-day volume over the past 30 days.

The drop in its share price came after STX OSV posted an 81 percent dip in fourth-quarter net profit at 124 million Norwegian krones ($21.73 million), dragged by lower activity in some yards and a fall in margins.

CIMB Research said that while valuations are "undemanding", a re-rating in the stock price is unlikely given the uncertainty in the company's roadmap with a new set of owners, lacklustre orders and margin pressures.

It cut its target price to S$1.38 from S$1.47 and maintained its 'neutral' rating.

1239 (0439 GMT)

(Reporting by Teo Jion Chun; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee; Messaging:

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