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Singapore shares finish mixed; STI slumps 0.7% but broad market is firm

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AFTER Wednesday's unexpected 38-point jump, the Straits Times Index (STI) on Thursday sank to a 22.37 points or 0.7 per cent loss at 3,226.34, in line with weakness in Hong Kong and the Dow futures. Penny stocks, however, fared better, with the broad market managing 200 rises versus 222 falls, excluding warrants.

Wall Street on Wednesday closed largely flat after the release of the minutes of the latest US Federal Reserve meeting which showed that a third interest rate hike this year remains likely.

This could have been a factor behind the softness here, which saw volume of 2.1 billion units worth S$1.1 billion traded. The average value per unit traded was S$0.52.

Banks provided the main drag on the STI, led by DBS's S$0.36 drop to S$20.74 which came with 3.2 million traded and cut almost eight8 points off the index.

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