MARKET UPDATES :
- THE Manpower Ministry (MOM) has accepted the recommendation from representatives of unions, employers and the government that the current re-employment age ceiling of 65 be raised to 67 gradually and through the use of incentives, given that the Singapore labour market remains tight.MOM said on Monday that the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers (Tricom) had also proposed that the government offer incentives to encourage companies to re-employ their older workers aged above 65 in the interim, even before the legislation kicks in.
- SINGAPORE share prices ended lower on Monday with the Straits Times Index down 2.49 points to 3,289.72.Volume was 1 billion shares worth S$682.1 million.Losers outnumbered gainers 222 to 186.
- DBS Bank said on Monday that it has suspended services at four of its Hong Kong branches in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok until further notice, amid ongoing unrest in the former British colony.The bank said in a statement: “Our DBS Hong Kong and DBS Vickers offices, as well as other DBS branches are operating as normal. Customers are urged to visit our other branches for banking services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
- OCBC said on Monday that its subsidiary, Wing Hang Bank, has temporarily suspended operations at its United Centre branch at Admiralty in Hong Kong after pro-democracy protesters occupied streets in the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China .Patrick Chew, head of Operational Risk Management at OCBC Bank, said the suspension was due to “traffic conditions in the area”.
- JTC Corporation on Monday launched two “confirmed list” sites at Tuas South Street 9 (Plot 50) and Tampines North Drive 1 (Plot 1) for sale, along with one “reserve list” site at Tuas South Street 6 (Plot 46).Reserve list sites are launched for tender only upon successful application by a developer, while confirmed list sites are launched according to schedule, regardless of demand.The two confirmed list sites are zoned for business-2 development, or heavier and more pollutive industrial use.
- UOB’s Hong Kong franchise remains open for business, the Singapore bank said on Monday after riot police pulled back from pro-democracy demonstrations that left more than 40 people injured and disrupted the former British colony.”We are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to implement our business continuity plans if needed,” a spokesman said.The spokesman added that the bank takes a long-term view of its business in Hong Kong, one of the world’s international financial centres.
STOCK RECOMMENDATION :
- BUY HONGKONG LAND ABOVE 6.800 TG 6.880, 6.980, 7.100 SL 6.700