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Singapore shares open marginally higher on Friday

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SINGAPORE stocks opened 0.1 per cent higher on Friday, with the Straits Times Index rising 1.66 points to 3,045.74 as at 9.03am.

The blue-chip index got a slight lift amid subdued starts across Asian bourses ahead of a United States monthly jobs report.

About 105.8 million shares worth S$63 million in total changed hands in the first few minutes, which worked out to an average unit price of S$0.60 per share.

The most actively traded counter was Artivision Technologies, which was flat at S$0.024 with 14.2 million shares changing hands. Other actives included QT Vascular and Jasper Investments.

Gainers outnumbered losers 85 to 27, or about three up for every one down.

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