MARKET UPDATES :
- SINGAPORE shares end 0.05 per cent higher on Tuesday. The Straits Times Index closed up 1.52 points at 3,298.09. Some 1.38 billion shares valued at S$931.9 million changed hands. Losers beat gainers 186 to 246.
- CONSUMER price inflation eased more than expected to 0.9 per cent in August from 1.2 per cent in July, again because of lower private road transport costs. The median forecast of 20 economists polled by Bloomberg before the Department of Statistics released the data on Tuesday was for a 1.1 per cent year-on-year rise in the consumer price index (CPI) Private road transport costs fell by 2.9 per cent, largely due to lower certificate of entitlement (COE) premiums in the month before. This followed July’s drop of 1.6 per cent.
- Singapore billionaire businessman Peter Lim, who once courted Liverpool, is set to take a 50 per cent stake in Salford City FC. Papers have been submitted to the Football Association to formalise the acquisition of the shares of the club owned by the five former Manchester United players known as the ‘Class of ‘92’. Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt will each retain a 10 per cent stake in the Evo-Stik Division One North clubLim has long been linked with owning an English club and in 2010 withdrew a bid to buy Liverpool.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and the instrument of acceptance to its 2005 AmendmentSingapore will become a party to the CPPNM 30 days after the instrument of accession is deposited with the IAEA, said the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) in a statement. According to IAEA, the amended Convention makes it legally binding for states to protect nuclear facilities and material in peaceful domestic use, storage and transport. It also provides for expanded cooperation among states on rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and prevent and combat related offences.
- SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand’s strategic alliance will take off from Jan 6 next year, which will add capacity between the two countries as well as offer passengers codeshare connectivity to both carriers’ networks. Under the alliance, which was first announced at the beginning of this year, the two Star Alliance carriers will operate one return service daily between Singapore and Auckland, while SIA will operate a daily return service between Singapore and Christchurch. n addition, passengers will gain access to 40 destinations in Air NZ’s network via codeshare flights, while Air NZ will codeshare on 50 other destinations in SIA and SilkAir’s network.
- CIMB Research has raised its recommendation and target price for Far East Hospitality Trust (FEHT), after the trust announced its joint venture with Far East Organization Centre to develop a new S$443.8 million hotel in Sentosa, Singapore. Given that FEHT’s contribution to the proposed JV will be fully funded via debt, we view it positively as no equity dilution is expected consequently,” said CIMB, which upgraded the stock to “hold” from “reduce”. It also upped the target price to S$0.83 from S$0.80. Shares of FEHT gained on Tuesday, trading at S$0.815, up half a cent.
- A SURVEY commissioned by Principal Global Investors on Tuesday showed investors are becoming more cautious, and are looking to mitigate unrewarded risk. The survey showed retail investors are accepting lower yield, while high net worth individuals have shifted from a blanket focus on alpha – a common measure of performance that takes risk adjustments into account – to focus on risk mitigation, the survey said. The emphasis on real estate investment is particularly stark for the latter group: investor interest shot to 61 per cent this year, up from 37 per cent in 2012. Principal Global Investors is the institutional asset management arm of the Principal Financial Group. It managed US$328.2 billion of assets as at June 30, 2014.
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