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Singapore shares rise after Trump delays tariffs; STI up 0.38% at Thursday’s open

SINGAPORE stocks opened stronger on Thursday morning, tracking gains in global markets after US President Donald Trump said he will delay the next tariff increase on China by about two weeks.

On the Singapore bourse, the Straits Times Index climbed 0.38 per cent or 12.25 points to 3,216.77 as at 9.01am.

Gainers outnumbered losers 71 to 25, or almost three securities up for every one down, after 29.4 million securities worth S$59 million changed hands.

The most heavily traded counter was Thai Beverage, which climbed 2.22 per cent or two Singapore cents to S$0.92 with 5.6 million shares changing hands as at 9.02am.

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StarHub and Singtel were also active, after an international data channel linking Singapore and Chongqing was launched on Wednesday. The connectivity will be delivered in tie-ups between the two local telcos and three Chinese counterparts. StarHub surged 3.13 per cent or four cents to S$1.32 with 4.3 million shares traded, while SingTel was up 1.24 per cent or four cents to S$3.26 with 2.1 million shares traded as at 9.02am.

Banking stocks rose in early morning trade. DBS was trading up 0.55 per cent or 14 cents to S$25.39, following a report by The Business Times that its wealth business is aiming for 7 to 8 per cent annual growth in assets under management. UOB edged up 0.08 per cent or two cents to S$26.39, while OCBC Bank gained 0.18 per cent or two cents to S$11.02 as at 9.02am.

Other active index securities included Singapore Airlines which moved up 1.11 per cent or 10 cents to S$9.13, and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding which jumped 2.83 per cent or three cents to S$1.09 at 9.02am.

Keppel DC Reit was down 0.56 per cent or one Singapore cent to S$1.78 as at 9.01am. The data-centre real estate investment trust (Reit) will be included in the FTSE EPRA Nareit Global Developed Index, its manager said on Wednesday evening. 

In the US, equity futures advanced after Mr Trump announced the tariff delay on US$250 billion worth of Chinese goods. Wall Street stocks also won solid gains at Wednesday’s close, after China reversed tariffs on some US goods.

Investor focus is also on central banks, with the European Central Bank set to hold its policy meeting on Thursday, where it is widely expected to lower interest rates and potentially offer more stimulus.

Elsewhere in Asia, Tokyo stocks likewise opened higher on Thursday, as the yen eased further against the US dollar and concerns over the US-China trade dispute receded.