NEWS ANALYSIS: SINGAPORE MARKETS

Regulators to beef up policing of corporate and governance breaches

REGULATORS and enforcement agencies are nudging towards closer collaboration in the patrolling and investigation of the Singapore capital markets, a move that could lead to speedier prosecution and improved regulatory efficiency in the future.

Olam posts 1.5% dip in Q3 net profit to S$20.4m

AGRI and food giant Olam International's net profit fell marginally by 1.5 per cent to S$20.4 million for the third quarter ended Sept 30, from S$20.7 million a year ago.

Olam posts 1.5% dip in Q3 net profit to S$20.4m

AGRI and food giant Olam International's net profit fell marginally by 1.5 per cent to S$20.4 milllion for the third quarter ended Sept 30, from S$20.7 million a year ago.

Greater support for medtech firms in Singapore to thrive

ASIA's medtech market is poised to grow to about US$133 billion in 2020, surpassing the European Union as the second-largest market globally, according to a McKinsey report.

Sunburst 2019 presents theatre of inclusiveness

THE ramp built at the School of The Arts (SOTA) Drama Theatre wasn't there as a prop.

Asian boards lack diversity due to closed network of members

BOARDS in Asia lack diversity on multiple fronts - gender, ethnicity, skills, generations and board tenure - largely due to the homogeneous composition and closed network of board members, according to a report published by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) on Wednesday.

Asset managers see ESG as means of differentiation: report

ASSET managers are looking to sustainability and organisational culture as differentiating factors amid an overcrowded industry that faces growing business pressures, according to the latest Global 500 research study by Willis Towers Watson's Thinking Ahead Institute and investment newspaper...

M&A not slowing down despite gloom; SEA still a bright spot: reports

AGAINST the backdrop of economic and political uncertainty - led by the United States-China trade dispute, Brexit, and slowing global growth - dealmakers are not quite ready to abandon M&A (mergers and acquisitions) completely, a Baker Tilly International and M&A intelligence provider...

Embrace thematic investment, steer clear of value play: CPR AM fund manager

GIVEN challenging economic conditions, investors should steer clear of value stocks and look to long-term growth opportunities within thematic funds, which are expected to gain traction globally, said CPR Asset Management (AM) deputy head of global thematics equities Estelle Menard.

TRADE ROW IMPACT

Asia 'unlikely to benefit from trade war because it's hard to shift supply chains'

NEGOTIATIONS towards a permanent United States-China trade deal will be a long drawn-out affair and Asia is not expected to benefit much from supply chain shifts, said JPMorgan chair of global research Joyce Chang.

BT EXCLUSIVE

Green bonds issuance: Time for Singapore stat boards to step up

WITH Singapore gearing up to spend billions of dollars in mitigating the impact of climate change, bankers are looking to statutory boards for the issuance of green bonds to spur the growth of a S$6 billion market in Singapore.

Qian Hu posts 72% rise in Q3 net profit to S$301,000

MAINBOARD-LISTED integrated fish service provider Qian Hu reported on Wednesday a 72 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit for the third quarter ended Sept 30 on the back of improved margins from the aquaculture business.

Qian Hu posts 72% rise in Q3 net profit to S$301,000

MAINBOARD-LISTED integrated fish service provider Qian Hu on Wednesday announced a 72 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit for the third quarter ended Sept 30 on the back of improved margins from the aquaculture business.

Keppel Infrastructure Trust keeps Q3 DPU unchanged at 0.93 cent

KEPPEL Infrastructure Trust (KIT) on Monday reported a distribution per unit (DPU) of 0.93 Singapore cent for the third quarter of 2019 despite improvements year on year in its distributable cash flow (DCF), revenue and net profits.

Keppel Infrastructure Trust declares Q3 DPU of 0.93 S cent

KEPPEL Infrastructure Trust (KIT) on Monday reported a distribution per unit (DPU) of 0.93 Singapore cent for the third quarter of 2019 on improvements year-on-year in its distributable cash flow (DCF), revenue and net profits.

Motley Fool's exit a dent to independent research

THE Motley Fool's impending closure has got the market abuzz with discussion about the shrinking pool of independent research, with some pondering why the investment advisory firm is regulated differently from other similar online platforms.

BT EXCLUSIVE

Motley Fool ceasing Singapore operations over regulatory issues

THE Motley Fool Singapore is ceasing operations over a regulatory bind with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

SINGAPORE STOCKS

Dividend stocks favoured amid volatile markets

WITH falling rates and rising volume of negative yielding bonds marred by escalating trade tensions and economic uncertainty, analysts are recommending that investors shift their funds to high dividend-yielding equities in less-volatile sectors.

APAC family offices outperform global peers

FAMILY offices in Asia Pacific (APAC) achieved the highest investment returns of 6.2 per cent for a 12-month period, driven by greater allocation of investments to equities and private equity, a UBS and Campden Wealth Research report showed.

IPO WATCH

Lendlease Global Reit achieves 4.5% premium on trading debut

LENDLEASE Global Commercial Reit (real estate investment trust) on Wednesday ended its first day of trading on the mainboard at S$0.92, 4.5 per cent above its initial public offering (IPO) price of S$0.88.

GuocoLand's Midtown Bay condo to open for booking on Oct 5

GUOCOLAND will open the sale and viewing of units for its 99-year leasehold Midtown Bay on Oct 5, with prices starting from S$1.38 million for a one-bedroom unit and S$2.08 million for a two-bedder.

Guocoland's Midtown Bay condo to open for booking on Oct 5

GUOCOLAND will open the sale and viewing of units for its 99-year leasehold Midtown Bay on Oct 5, with prices starting from S$1.38 million for a one-bedroom unit and S$2.08 million for a two-bedder. 

CORPORATE DEALS

Repsol paying up to US$46.5m for 40% stake in United Global unit

GLOBAL energy company Repsol Downstream Internacional has made its first foray into South-east Asia by buying a substantial stake in a unit of Catalist-listed lubricant manufacturer and trader United Global Ltd for up to US$46.5 million.

Repsol buys 40% stake in United Global unit for up to US$46.5m

GLOBAL energy company Repsol Downstream Internacional S.A. has entered a share purchase agreement with Singapore-based lubricant manufacturer and trader United Global Limited to acquire a 40 per cent stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary United Oil Company Pte Ltd for up to US$46.5 million.

Kingsmen's first experiential attraction to open in October

COMMUNICATION design and production group Kingsmen Creatives is the brains and brawn behind exhibitions like the immersive, multi-sensory Bicentennial Experience and luxe-looking storefronts of high-end luxury brands.