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Late buying accounts for bulk of STI gain

Index up 20 points, with 13 points accounted for by the post-closing matching period

No individual stock benefited from this late buying, which appeared to be broad-based. It involved the Jardine stable, Singapore Airlines and the three banks.

A LATE push on Wednesday enabled the Straits Times Index to record a 20.44 or 0.6 per cent rise to 3,354.46 ahead of Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting at which a large quantitative easing (QE) package is expected to be announced. The index had risen about seven points at 5pm, which