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Singapore shares close mixed amid low volume

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A 20-POINT rise in the Dow futures and initial polls suggesting that the third US presidential debate was won by the candidate the market favours, Hillary Clinton, was not enough to stir much meaningful action in the local stock market on Thursday.

Instead, activity was largely focused in the second line, with Noble Group replacing Jasper Investments as the day's most active counter; hardly a remarkable occurrence worth reporting one might think, but folks, we're clutching at straws here.

Other active counters included Blumont Group and Healthway Medical Corporation. Jasper replied to a query from Singapore Exchange by saying it did not know of reasons for the interest in its shares.

Brokers spoken to by BT were not particularly complimentary when discussing current market conditions.

The Straits Times Index, in the meantime, did as it has done for several weeks now - it traded within a tight band, mostly in the red for the day before ending a net two points weaker at 2,842.62.

Turnover amounted to 1.56 billion units worth S$887.5 million for an average of S$0.55 per unit. Excluding warrants, there were 180 rises versus 158 falls throughout.