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Moody's Investors Service downgraded its credit rating on Noble Group Ltd on Tuesday to junk status with a negative outlook due to concerns over the Singapore-listed commodity trader's liquidity, profitability and cash flow.

Moody's downgrades Noble to junk, company CEO defends financials

The chief executive of embattled commodity trader Noble Group Ltd defended its financial position after what it called an "unexpected" move by Moody's Investors Service to cut its credit rating to junk status, slamming its stocks and bonds.

HDB to launch 18,000 new flats in 2016

Singapore's Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong on Wednesday said that the Housing and Development Board will launch 18,000 new flats in 2016, 3,000 more than what was launched in 2015.

Keppel takes full control of Keppel Bay Tower via share swap with Mapletree

Keppel Group on Wednesday said it has completed a share swap with Mapletree Investments that would see Keppel holding full control of office building Keppel Bay Tower.

Sembcorp to invest S$202m in Chongqing power plant JV

Sembcorp has injected equity worth around 925 million yuan or approximately S$202 million for a 49 per cent stake in the JV, a sum financed by internal funds, it said in a Singapore Exchange filing on Wednesday morning.

Ascendas-Singbridge CEO to join A-Reit board in reshuffle

A board reshuffle at industrial landlord Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (A-Reit) will see the head honcho of urban solutions provider Ascendas-Singbridge coming onboard as vice-chairman.

Global growth will be disappointing in 2016, says IMF's Lagarde

"In many countries the financial sector still has weaknesses and in emerging markets the financial risks are increasing. All of that means global growth will be disappointing and uneven in 2016," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

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Singapore shares close weaker in low volume

Perhaps the only firm conclusion which can be drawn from Wednesday's nondescript penultimate session of 2015 was that it fell within expectations - volume was weak, interest was absent and many players were said to be away for the holidays.