Daily Archives: September 12, 2018


Singapore Stocks Watch: STI resumes Wednesday evening at 3,109.16, down 0.02% on day

Singapore Stocks Watch: SINGAPORE stocks continued exchanging level on Wednesday evening, with the Straits Times Index falling 0.02 for each penny or 0.75 point to 3,109.16 as at 1.01pm.

Gainers and washouts were equitably coordinated, with 144 securities up to 155 down after 995.3 million securities worth S$448.9 million changed hands.

Among the most vigorously exchanged by volume, Rex International Holding progressed 5.6 for every penny or S$0.005 to S$0.095 with 52.9 million offers exchanged. KrisEnergy rose 7.3 for every penny or S$0.007 to S$0.103 with 31.9 million offers exchanged.

Dynamic file stocks included DBS Group Holdings, down 0.5 for every penny or S$0.12 to S$24.12; and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings), up 3.7 for each penny or S$0.04 to S$1.13.

Singapore firms drove US’ interests in Asia in 2017

Speculations grew 7.41% to US$274.26b, outperforming China and Japan.

Singapore kept on gobbling up the biggest offer of the United States’ immediate interests in Asia, information from the Department of Commerce uncovered. US interest in Singapore grew 7.41% from US$255.34b in 2016 to US$274.26b in 2017, outperforming interests in China (US$107.6b) and Japan (US$129.1b).

The US’ coordinate interest in Asia ascended by US$60.07b (9.33%) from US$881.13b in 2016 to US$941.2b. Sarah A. Stutzman, creator of the Survey of Current Business for August 2018, included, “The biggest increments happened in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.”

Generally speaking, coordinate speculations from the US in all nations bounced by 7.6% to US$6.01t. The development in 2017 for the most part reflected reinvestment of profit in progressing activities and valuation and also different changes.

Five nations represented the greater part of US multinational ventures’ interest in 2017: the Netherlands, the UK, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Canada. Singapore took up 4.5% of the worldwide aggregate.

Outward immediate speculation position expanded in five of the six noteworthy geographic regions. US parent organizations’ interest in their European subsidiaries had the biggest dollar and rate increments, trailed by members in the districts of Latin America, Other Western Hemisphere, and the Asia Pacific. Africa was the main real zone to encounter a reduction in the outward position.

Interestingly, Singapore’s interests in the US fell 1.2% from US$23.58b to US$22.36b. This depends on information arranged by the nation of every individual from the US parent.

“The assessment approach condition was especially unverifiable in the United States in 2017 contrasted and that in different nations. The possibility of US impose law changes, which were passed toward the finish of 2017, may have backed off internal venture, especially for speculations organized—at any rate to some extent—to exploit bring down assessment rates abroad,” Stutzman said.

In general, the US’ internal venture position esteemed at chronicled cost grew 6.9% out of 2017, down from 12.2% out of 2016.

In the interim, Asia’s immediate interest in the US on an extreme gainful proprietor (UBO) premise developed by US$67.7b to US$793.6b in 2017. The biggest increments were from Japan (54.6%), South Korea (9.4%), and Singapore (5.8%).








  • Gold prices were driven lower on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar rallied amid Sino-U.S. trade tensions. Comex gold futures for December delivery fell 0.23% to $1,197.10 a troy ounce as of 10:25 AM ET (14:25 GMT). U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to impose tariffs on almost all Chinese imports, or about $467 billion in goods. Meanwhile, China is planning to ask the WTO for permission to impose sanctions on the U.S., according to a WTO meeting agenda.
  • Oil prices rose on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output. Benchmark Brent crude oil (LCOc1) was up 40 cents at $77.77 a barrel by 0950 GMT. U.S. light crude (CLc1) was up 5 cents at $67.59. “The path of least resistance for oil prices, given the supply fundamentals, remains up,” Harry Tchilinguirian, oil strategist at BNP Paribas (PA:BNPP), told Reuters Global Oil Forum.
  • “Push the steel mills out of the city center and turn it into a modern, habitable place to live in,” reads a banner hung across the boarded-up offices of Guofeng Iron and Steel Co in the center of Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city. Behind the gates of the factory, surrounded by a hospital, a shopping mall and high-rise apartment blocks, workers and bulldozers were busy on a recent visit tearing down furnaces as part of a 38 billion yuan ($5.5 billion) plan to move to a new industrial park 60 kilometers (37 miles) away.



  • The wrong Brexit deal could cost tens of thousands of jobs, the boss of Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover warned on Tuesday, saying he had no idea whether his plants would be able to operate after Britain leaves the European Union next year. Ralf Speth also said that the company would not be able to build cars if customs checks meant that the motorway to and from the southern English port of Dover, which is used to transport components, becomes a “car park” due to snarl-ups.
  • It is an image that became a symbol of the global financial crisis — about 20 bankers, their backs turned to the window, attending an emergency meeting at the London office of Lehman Brothers as the firm slid toward collapse. Gwion Moore, one of those pictured in the Reuters photograph taken on Sept. 11, 2008, recalled how the growing sense of panic in financial markets contrasted with the mood inside the building at the time. “
  • A whistleblower fighting extradition to Switzerland for leaking details of thousands of clients of HSBC’s (L:HSBA) private bank there said on Tuesday his actions had played a key role in helping other European countries uncover tax frauds. Spain’s High Court is considering Switzerland’s second extradition request against Herve Falciani, a French citizen who worked for HSBC, over alleged industrial sabotage in 2008.



Forex Report| Epic Research


Forex – U.S. Dollar Flat, Euro Rises Amid Geopolitical Concerns
Forex – Euro rises as Italian debt concerns ease; sterling builds on gains
Forex – GBP/USD could rebound further and test 1.3170 – UOB


The U.S. dollar was flat against other currencies on Tuesday, as investors worried about Chinese-U.S. trade relations. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, fell 0.03% to 95.09 as of 5:19 AM ET (9:19 GMT). Trade war tensions continued to worry investors. Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative met with European Union officials in Brussels on Monday to discuss trade tariffs. While Lighthizer called the talks “constructive,” a deal is not likely to be reached as soon as the White House administration would like. Meanwhile U.S. President Donald Trump wants to impose tariffs on almost all imported Chinese goods .China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that it would respond to any new steps on trade. The dollar rose against the safe-haven yen, with USD/JPY increasing 0.22% to 111.36. In times of uncertainty, investors tend to invest in the Japanese yen, which is considered a safe asset during periods of risk aversion.


“GBP rocketed upon Barnier’s comment and took out last Friday’s peak of 1.3029 (overnight high of 1.3052). The rally appears to be running ahead of itself but there appears to be enough momentum for GBP to test the strong 1.3070 resistance first before it should settle down (next resistance at 1.3105 is likely out of reach). On the downside, only a break of 1.2965 would indicate that a short-term top is in place (minor support is at 1.2990)”. “GBP continues to trade in a volatile manner as it dropped to a low of 1.2898 yesterday before rocketing to hit an overnight high of 1.3052 (after Barnier’s comments). The overnight high was just above the top of our expected 1.2800/1.3050 consolidation range and the subsequent strong daily closing in NY suggests there is room for further GBP gains. That said, it is too soon to expect a shift to a bullish phase even though GBP could test 1.3170 from here. For now, we view any strength as a corrective rebound and not the start of a sustained up-move.



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