Market still in the grip of US tapering worries

Published Fri, Dec 13, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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THE better the United States economy appears to get, the worse it is for the local stock market. This is the simple equation confronting Singapore equities investors who this week watched the Straits Times Index fall four out of five days because the release of strong US economic data has led to worries that the US Federal Reserve might cut back its money printing sooner rather than later.

Of course the logic of this argument may be questioned - if the US really is recovering, then it should take the global economy with it, in which case export-oriented economies like Singapore's should benefit. And if so, there's no good reason why the STI should have fallen as it has - yesterday's short-covering 6.98- point rise helping to limit the weekly loss t…

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