Daily Archives: January 28, 2019








  • China’s soybean imports from the United States plunged 99 percent in December to just 69,298 tons, customs data showed on Friday, taking its full-year 2018 imports to the lowest level since 2008 amid an ongoing trade war. It was the second month in a row when Chinese imports from the United States ground to a virtual halt amid the tit-for-tat dispute, although some buying has since resumed as talks between the world’s two largest economies continue.
  • A Republican U.S. representative on Thursday introduced White House-drafted legislation that would give President Donald Trump more power to levy tariffs on imported goods in an effort to pressure other countries to lower their duties and other trade barriers. The measure offered by Representative Sean Duffy, which has been touted by Trump administration officials, has already been declared unacceptable by some Republican senators, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
  • The thought of losing Venezuelan crude seems to be a greater worry to U.S. oil traders than seeing anemic demand for gasoline. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude settled up on Thursday while London’s Brent oil barely dipped despite a surprising weekly jump in U.S. crude inventories and another gasoline build that reportedly took the motor fuel’s stockpiles to record highs.



  • A synchronized global economic slowdown is under way and any escalation in the U.S.-China trade war would trigger a sharper downturn, according to Reuters polls of hundreds of economists from around the world. That is a major shift in sentiment from just a year ago, when economists were optimistic about a significant global upturn. But an escalation in trade tensions and tightening financial conditions have hurt activity in most economies and dragged China’s growth last year to the weakest in 28 years.
  • Trade officials from 12 countries and the European Union seeking to reform World Trade Organization rules on Thursday said the challenges were becoming more urgent as members resorted to trade restrictions. The group first met in Canada last October amid U.S. actions that threatened to paralyze the body.
  • The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is due to start sifting through an avalanche of annual tax returns on Monday, with a workforce hard-pressed by the partial government shutdown and Congress uncertain how to avoid chaos for taxpayers. In what could be a politically explosive chapter in the shutdown saga that already is 34 days long, analysts said at least one in 10 taxpayers could face problems with their returns due to the IRS funding shortfall. The analysts said the situation may worsen if the impasse drags on even longer.


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Singapore Stock Watch: Singapore shares open somewhat higher on Monday, STI up 0.05% to 3,203.93

Singapore Stock Watch:SINGAPORE stocks edged higher on Monday, with the Straits Times Index progressing 1.68 focuses, or 0.05 percent to 3,203.93 as at 9.05am.

Gainers dwarfed failures 73 to 42, after about 27.6 million offers worth S$40.1 million changed hands.

The most effectively exchanged counter was movies organization Spackman Entertainment, which exchanged at its present cost of S$0.03, with about 1.7 million offers exchanged.

Other dynamic stocks included Oxley Holdings, which rose 3.45 percent, or one Singapore penny to S$0.30, and ST Engineering which exchanged level at S$3.68.


Stocks to watch: Keppel, Oxley, Great Eastern, Micro-Mechanics

THE accompanying organizations saw new improvements that may influence exchanging of their offers on Monday:

Keppel Corp: Keppel Corp is moving a 70 percent enthusiasm for a Vietnam township task to Nam Long Investment Corp for 2.3 trillion Vietnamese dong (S$136 million) in real money. Keppel Land, Keppel’s land arm, is assuming control unlimited authority of Dong Nai Waterfront City LLC from its ebb and flow joint endeavor accomplice in the undertaking through a demerger. The arrangement is contingent upon specific conditions point of reference being satisfied, for example, the finishing of the demerger and administrative endorsement. Offers in Keppel Corp shut level at S$6.20 each on Friday.

Oxley Holdings: Oxley’s entirely possessed backup, Oxley Docklands Quay Three Limited, and National Asset North Quays DAC have consented to pitch 268 private units in Ireland to Greystar Europe Holdings for 175.5 million euros (S$270.8 million). Deal fruition is focused for Feb 27, 2019. The counter shut unaltered at S$0.29 on Friday.

Great Eastern (GE): The back up plan which is larger part possessed by Singapore loan specialist OCBC, has gone into an offer and buy consent to strip a minority stake in Indonesia protection firm, QBE Indonesia for some US$1.4 million. The purchaser, PT Suryasono Sentosa, will get a 5 percent stake in QBE Indonesia following the exchange, which is liable to endorsement by Indonesia’s budgetary administrations specialist and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Offers in Great Eastern shut at S$26.65 on Friday, down 1.1 percent or S$0.30, while shares in OCBC last exchanged at S$11.47 each, up 0.5 percent, or six Singapore pennies.

Micro-Mechanics Holdings: Amid balance in the worldwide semiconductor industry, Micro-Mechanics posted a 20 percent fall in net benefit to S$3.1 million for the second quarter finished Dec 31, 2018, down from S$3.9 million in the year-prior period. This was on the back of a 3.1 percent fall in income to S$15.2 million, contrasted with S$15.6 million a year ago. Income per share for the quarter were 2.25 Singapore pennies, contrasted with 2.81 Singapore pennies in the former year. Miniaturized scale Mechanics will pay a break profit of four Singapore pennies for every offer on Feb 18, indistinguishable sum from was paid out in the year-prior period. Small scale Mechanics shares shut down one Singapore penny or 0.59 percent at S$1.69 on Friday.

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