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Singapore shares close marginally higher on last-minute buying

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SHARE prices in the Singapore bourse trended downwards nearly all day but thanks to an eleventh-hour "Christmas shopping", the key Straits Times Index managed to close in positive territory - up 5.09 points at 3,465.54 on Tuesday.

Some 1.6 billion shares worth S$994 million were done versus Monday's 1.5 billion shares worth S$999 million.

Gainers outpaced losers with 239 counters up and 172 counters down.

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