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  • Key Drivers of the Semiconductor Industry in 2018

    13 Jun 2018
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    Key Drivers of the Semiconductor Industry in 2018
    • Following comparatively strong performances in 2017, the 10 largest capitalised stocks that operate in, or maintain a service focus to semiconductor businesses have been more mixed in the 2018 YTD, averaging a 4% decline.
    • This has brought the average 12 month total return of the 10 stocks to 19%, which compares to a 12% gain for Bloomberg Asia Pacific Semiconductors Index. The strongest of the 10 stocks over the past 12 months were AEM Holdings and Micro-Mechanics.
    • Key drivers relevant to the industry include increased memory demand and proliferation of digital technologies. At the same time more complex application, increased industry competition and trends to cut costs provide industry challenges.
  • Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers

    13 Jun 2018
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    Five Stocks with Manufacturing Focus Amongst Biggest Intraday Movers
    • For the three months spanning March, April & May, non-STI stocks that consistently ranked amongst the biggest intraday tick ranges, with daily price ranges of more than 2.5%, included AEM Hldgs, Memtech Intl, Creative Technology, Best World Intl & Delong Holdings.
    • The five stocks averaged daily price ranges of 4% and together represent businesses with manufacturing-related activities. Manufacturing businesses span handling & test solutions, component solutions, consumer electronics, health products & HRC Steel.
    • Another manufacturing stock, Hi-P International ranked amongst the 10 non-STI stocks with the biggest intraday tick ranges for two of the months, while generating average daily price ranges of 5%.
  • Asia’s Largest Global REIT Hub

    05 Jun 2018
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    Asia’s Largest Global REIT Hub
    • More than 75% of Singapore REITs & Property Trusts own and manage overseas assets across Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. This growing trend within the REIT Sector has seen trusts with Singapore and overseas exposure rise from 18 in 2012 to 33 in 2018.
    • Of Singapore’s 10 most recent REIT Sector listings, nine are exclusively managing properties located outside of Singapore. These nine REITs maintain a combined market capitalisation of S$8.3 billion and have averaged 13.8% total returns since their IPO.
    • REITs with international property assets bring diversification benefits to investors, in addition to increased risks which include foreign exchange exposures. REITs generally seek to borrow in the same currency as the underlying assets, hence mitigating some of the currency risk.
  • SGX Real Estate Index’s Five Best Performers Average 7% YTD Gain

    30 May 2018
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    SGX Real Estate Index’s Five Best Performers Average 7% YTD Gain
    • In the 2018 YTD, the five best-performing constituents of SGX’s Real Estate Index were Yanlord Land (+11.1%), United Engineers (+8.4%), Ho Bee Land (+6.0%), Hongkong Land (+4.9%), and Ocean Sky (+4.3%).
    • The SGX Real Estate Developers & Operators Index comprises 25 constituents with a combined market cap of over S$70 billion. The component stocks with the five biggest weights are Hongkong Land (10.6%), UOL Group (9.8%), CapitaLand (9.8%), City Developments (9.2%) and Yanlord Land (9.0%).
    • This year, Singapore's property market is expected to extend its recovery. In 1Q18, private residential property prices jumped 3.9% QoQ, surging the most since 2010, and building on the previous quarter’s 0.8% rise, URA data showed. Analysts are forecasting a 5%-10% recovery in domestic home prices in 2018.
  • Singapore’s Insurance Trio Averages 9% YTD Return

    30 May 2018
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    Singapore’s Insurance Trio Averages 9% YTD Return
    • Singapore lists three stocks that make up the Insurance Sector - Great Eastern Holdings, United Overseas Insurance and Singapore Reinsurance Corp. The three stocks have a combined market value of S$15.5 billion.
    • Together the three stocks have averaged a 8.6% total return in the 2018 YTD, bringing their average 12M return to 31.4%. By comparison the MSCI World Insurance Index has gained 1.8% in the YTD, bringing its 12M total return to 10.5% in SGD terms.
    • While intensified competition and economic uncertainty provide challenges, the insurance industry is expected to further diversify distribution channels while exploring and engaging digital innovation.
  • Singapore’s 10 Best-Performing Materials Stocks Avg 33% YTD Returns

    21 May 2018
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    Singapore’s 10 Best-Performing Materials Stocks Avg 33% YTD Returns
    • SGX lists 49 Materials stocks as categorised by GICS®. The sector, which comprises businesses involved in the processing of raw materials, has generated a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 32.9% in the 2018 YTD.
    • Singapore’s 10 best-performing Materials stocks have averaged a total return of 32.8% in the YTD, bringing their average one-year and three-year total returns to 74% and 141.6% respectively. In the YTD, these 10 stocks have generated a median total return of 27.3%, with median total returns over the last 12 months and past three years rising to 49.2% and 129.0% respectively.
    • The improved global economic outlook this year has contributed to the robust performance of the Materials stocks. The sector’s two best performers – China Sunsine Chemical and Delong – are also benefiting from steady growth in China’s economy, which expanded by a better-than-expected 6.8% in 1Q 2018.
  • Recently Announced Mergers & Acquisitions in the REIT Sector

    21 May 2018
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    Recently Announced Mergers & Acquisitions in the REIT Sector​
    • ​In the month thus far, ESR-REIT and Viva Industrial Trust have proposed a potential merger, whilst CCT, Manulife US REIT, FLT, Keppel DC REIT and SPH REIT have announced acquisitions to expand their property portfolios.
    • In the 2018 YTD, Singapore’s 34 REITs and six Stapled Trusts have averaged a 1.8% decline in total return, trimming the 12M average total return to 9.1%. The strongest performing REITs in the YTD were Sabana Shariah, Cromwell EUR, BHG Retail, Manulife US & IREIT Global.
    • The FTSE ST REIT Index currently maintains a 6.0% yield which is 3.3% above Singapore 10 year Government Bond Yields at 2.7%. Since Sep 2009, the yield differential between the Index and bonds has averaged 4.1.
  • More Precision and Size for the SPDR® STI ETF

    16 May 2018
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    More Precision and Size for the SPDR® STI ETF
    • The SPDR® Straits Times Index ETF (stock code: ES3) tick size (minimum price movement) was reduced from 1 cent per tick to 0.1  cent  per tick since 9th April 2018, Monday.
    • In the first month of tick reduction, the SPDR® STI ETF best bid-ask improved by 52%, reducing from 0.33% to 0.16% compared to the prior month. This means that investors can now transact on the STI ETF with lower cost (in terms of bid-ask spreads) than before.
    • The market depth value on the SPDR® STI ETF order book at the S$0.01 range has also  grew  by +59% from an average of S$0.94mil to S$1.5mil.
  • Recent Expansion of a Key Group of Singapore’s Health Care Stocks

    16 May 2018
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    Recent Expansion of a Key Group of Singapore’s Health Care Stocks
    • Asia Pacific lists some 500 stocks that represent the Health Care Equipment & Services Industry Group within the GICS® Health Care sector. This key segment of the region’s Health Care Stocks has seen its combined market cap grow fourfold over the past 10 years.
    • Coinciding with burgeoning Health Care demands & comparatively less services than OECD averages, regional expansion of the Health Care Equipment & Services capitalisation has well outpaced that of the World,  and was led by expansion in Asia’s Developing markets.
    • Singapore’s biggest Health Care Equipment & Services stocks averaged 8% returns in the 2018 YTD, bringing their 12M average total return to 15%. Like the region, returns were mixed with 2018 YTD performances ranging from -17% for SOG to +125% for TechComp Hldgs
  • Banks, Telcos & Consumer Staples Led Sectors in April​

    04 May 2018
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    Banks, Telcos & Consumer Staples Led Sectors in April​
    • The STI continued to outperform the region in April with Bank-led gains driving the STI’s total return to 7.1% over the first four months of 2018. This compared to an average decline of 0.1% for the benchmarks of Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
    • The three strongest sector segments in April included Banks, with capitalisation-weighted gains of 10.7%, followed by Telecommunication Services and Consumer Staples, both with capitalisation weighted returns of 4.0%.
    • M1 led the performances of the largest Telecommunication Services stocks in April with a 7.6% total return, whilst Thai Beverage PCL and Sheng Siong Group led the largest Consumer Staples stocks with 9.6% and 9.7% respective returns.
  • DBS, OCBC & UOB Averaged 50% Returns Over Past 12M

    30 Apr 2018
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    DBS, OCBC & UOB Averaged 50% Returns Over Past 12M
    • DBS, OCBC and UOB averaged 8% gains in April-to-date, bringing average YTD total returns to 14%, and 12 month average total returns to 50%. April has seen the three banks trade at all-time highs, with DBS recently trading at a high of S$30.00.
    • The three banks currently average a 1.5x P/B, above the 10 year average P/B, and in-line with the 20 year average. In the YTD institutional investors were net buyers of the three banks, with inflows totalling S$1.12 billion, following net inflows of S$3.39 billion in 2017.
    • FY17 Net Profit of the three banks totalled S$11.9 billion. Recent Annual Reports detailed multiple initiatives in FY17, with all three banks reporting growth of wealth management services, digital innovations and alignments with the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).
  • Regional Healthcare Stocks Leading the World in 2018 YTD

    24 Apr 2018
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    Regional Healthcare Stocks Leading the World in 2018 YTD​
    • The SGX All Healthcare Index has gained 4.6% in the 2018 YTD, similar to the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Health Care Index returns of 4.7%, and higher than the MSCI World Health Care Index decline of 2.1.
    • The five largest capitalised stocks of the SGX All Healthcare Index include IHH Healthcare Bhd, Top Glove Corp Bhd, Haw Par Corp, Raffles Medical Group and Tianjin Zhong Xin Pharm Group. All five stocks have gained in the YTD, with average total returns of 11.6% and median total returns of 5.7%.
    • Of these five stocks, the strongest two stocks both in the 2018 YTD and past 12M maintain a strong product focus – Top Glove Corp, with a product presence in virtually every corner of the globe, and Haw Par Corp, with a global consumer base for its Tiger Balm products.
  • SGX-Listed Stocks & ETFs with Exposure to Fast-Growing Malaysia

    10 Apr 2018
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    SGX-Listed Stocks & ETFs with Exposure to Fast-Growing Malaysia
    • Malaysia’s economy is expected to grow by 5.3% in 2018, with BNM citing favourable income and labour market conditions, spending on new and ongoing infrastructure projects and sustained capital investment by firms in manufacturing and services sectors.
    • Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised stocks that report the majority of their revenue to Malaysia have averaged a 4% gain in the 2018 YTD. The 10 stocks span six Sectors, with the 2018 YTD gains taking their average 12M average total return to 20%.
    • Over the past 12M, Sunright led the performances of the 10 stocks, with a 136% total return. As one of the world’s largest independent providers of burn-in and test services, it reported 1HFY18 (ending 31 Jan) PBT YoY growth of 25%, building on PBT YoY growth of 75% in FY17.
  • Highlights of Heliconia’s Investments in Recent Listings

    14 Mar 2018
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    Highlights of Heliconia’s Investments in Recent Listings
    • Heliconia Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, is an investment firm that focuses on growth-oriented Singapore companies.
       
    • Heliconia has been a shareholder of Kimly, Sanli Environmental, HRnetGroup and RE&S Hldgs which all listed in 2017. The investment firm has also been a shareholder of Jumbo Group which listed in 2015. These five stocks have averaged a 43% gain from their IPO dates.
       
    • Three of these stocks are consumer-focused F&B plays - Jumbo Group, Kimly and RE&S Hldgs. Last year, Jumbo Group continued to expand its international network, Kimly organically expanded its shops and stalls in Singapore, and RE&S Hldgs opened new outlets.
  • Sanli Environmental - A Play on Asia's Water Story

    20 Feb 2018
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    Sanli Environmental - A Play on Asia's Water Story
     
  • Demand-Supply Dynamics of Asia’s Healthcare Sector

    07 Feb 2018
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    Demand-Supply Dynamics of Asia’s Healthcare Sector
    • Asia’s accelerated ageing rates and the rise of lifestyle diseases will likely boost the region’s healthcare spending outlook in coming decades, while in supply terms, the region’s medical facilities, equipment and manpower will continue to trail the per capita averages of the 34 OECD member countries. SGX-listed healthcare plays that derive significant revenues from markets beyond Singapore have exposure to these robust demand-supply dynamics.
       
    • Singapore’s listed healthcare sector, as tracked by the benchmark SGX All-Healthcare Index, consists of 30 companies and related trusts with a combined market capitalisation of more than S$34 billion. Seven of the 10 largest constituents of the Index report more than a third of group revenues to Asia Pacific ex-Singapore, namely Southeast Asia, North Asia and South Asia.
       
    • Healthcare stocks posted a mixed performance in 2017, as funds rotated out of defensives into cyclical plays. However, the tide has turned over the last few weeks, making Healthcare the best-performing sector on a market capitalisation-weighted basis in the month of December, and positive momentum continuing into the New Year.
  • Singapore’s Fast-Expanding MedTech Sector

    30 Jan 2018
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    • Asia’s MedTech (Medical Technology) Sector is expected to become the second largest globally by 2020 (with CAGR of 8%). Singapore is becoming a regional MedTech hub as supportive government policies and the manufacturing sector contribute positively.
    • SGX lists four stocks with MedTech businesses (Clearbridge Health, Techcomp Holdings, Vicplas International and QT Vascular) with a combined market capitalisation of S$413 million. Clearbridge Health is a recent debutant with management announcing an acquisition a month after its listing.
    • A handful of SGX IT companies have also diversified some of their businesses into MedTech. There are six SGX IT stocks generating revenue from MedTech, of which three are EMS providers.
  • Aoxin Takes a Big Bite of China's Buoyant Dental Market

    30 Jan 2018
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    Oral medicine specialist Dr Shao Yongxin has always been fascinated by the artistry and technical expertise involved in the practice of dentistry.

    The standards of excellence demanded by the profession, and Shao's willingness to strive for perfection in his craft, were catalysts for his three decade-long journey in stomatology, a science that deals with the mouth and its diseases.
  • Health Care Sector Momentum Carried into First Week of January  

    10 Jan 2018
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    Health Care Sector Momentum Carried into First Week of January
    • Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Health Care stocks have averaged 3.3% price gains for the first five sessions of 2018, following on from average 13.2% gains in 2017. On a market-capitalisation weighted basis, Health Care was the strongest of the Sectors in the last month of 2017.
    • Amongst these 10 stocks, Top Glove Corp Bhd, Q&M Dental Group Singapore and Tianjin Zhong Xin Pharmaceutical have performed the strongest over the past five sessions, averaging 8.3% gains. On 19 Dec, Top Glove Corp Bhd reported 44% YoY growth in Net Profit for its 1QFY18 (ending 30 Nov).
    • Clearbridge Health which focuses on precision medicine in Asia, in addition to providing laboratory and Health Care services, listed on 18 December. Its stock price closed yesterday at 46.5 cents, which was two-thirds higher than the IPO price of 28 cents.
  • 82 Companies Bought Back S$425M in Shares in 2017

    10 Jan 2018
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    82 Companies Bought Back S$425M in Shares in 2017
    • In 2017, 82 SGX-listed companies conducted share buybacks, with a total consideration of S$425 million. This was just over half the S$826 million in consideration for 2016, coinciding with comparatively stronger STI price gains of 18.1% in 2017.  
    • OCBC buybacks accounted for 52% of the S$425 million consideration, with Keppel Corporation, Silverlake Axis, Yanlord Land Group, ST Engineering and SIA Engineering the next highest ranking by consideration.
    • For the month of Dec 2017, there were a total of 28.3 million shares repurchased by 27 companies, with a total consideration of S$42.9 million. Buyback consideration was up 9% from the S$39.4 million reported for Nov 2017 and up more than fourfold from Dec 2016. 
  • Venture Corporation Scheduled to Join STI on 5 January

    03 Jan 2018
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    Venture Corporation Scheduled to Join STI on 5 January
    • Venture Corporation is expected to join the STI effective Friday 5 Jan, with the last trading day of existing STI constituent, Global Logistic Properties, expected to be 4 Jan. Venture was selected as it maintained the highest market capitalisation of the STI Reserve on the 2 Jan close. 
    • Venture generated a 115.4% total return in 2017, with institutional net buying totaling S$133 million. The leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions reported its net profit grew 81.4% YoY for its 9MFY17 ending 30 Sep.          
    • Venture is expected to make up between 1.5% and 2.0% weightage in the STI, based on public free-float information and STI weights as of 29 Sep 2017. The IT Sector will then be represented within the STI and the Real Estate Sector is expected to reduce its weightage in the STI by 3.0% to 15.6%.  
  • SGX’s Indonesia-Focused Coal Plays Average 50.7% Gain YTD

    26 Dec 2017
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    SGX’s Indonesia-Focused Coal Plays Average 50.7% Gain YTD
    • SGX’s three Indonesia-focused coal miners – Golden Energy and Resources, Geo Energy Resources and BlackGold Natural Resources – have averaged a price gain of 50.7% in the 2017 YTD, as Indonesia’s benchmark coal price surged to a 10-month high.
    • In October, Indonesia's reference coal price, known as Harga Batubara Acuan (HBA), jumped 2.1% month-on-month to US$93.99 per metric tonne, after soaring 9.6% month-on-month in September, according to data from the country's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. HBA is now at its highest since December 2016. 
    • Coal is expected to remain a vital source in meeting Indonesia's growing domestic electrification needs. In 2015, Indonesian President Widodo unveiled an ambitious 35,000 MW program to boost the country's electrification ratio to 97% by 2019, with about 25,000 MW of capacity expected to come from coal-fired power plants.
  • Oil & Maritime Indices Veered on Global Growth

    26 Dec 2017
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    Oil & Maritime Indices Veered on Global Growth
    • Two key factors currently driving the price of oil price include an upcoming decision by OPEC on whether to extend production cuts (30 Nov), in addition to continued production growth of shale in the US.
    • While price of WTI Crude Oil rallied +38% from 21 June to 8 Nov, this was largely a price recovery with the current price +3% higher than its end of 2016 level. This has coincided with downstream plays, more sensitive to global growth and trade, outperforming the oil & gas upstream plays.
    • Since 30 June, the more-downstream SGX Maritime Index has gained +24%, led by performances of Cosco Shipping International (+110.9%) and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (+42.0%), whilst the more-upstream SGX Oil & Gas Index generated a marginal gain.
  • Longer Term Drivers of SGX Agricultural Plays

    26 Dec 2017
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    Longer Term Drivers of SGX Agricultural Plays
    • SGX lists eight Agricultural Products stocks with a combined market capitalisation of S$29 billion. In the 2017 YTD, these stocks averaged a -13.7% price change, compared to +16.7% in 2016. Global Palm Resources Holdings, which registered a price change of +15.4% in the YTD, was the best-performing stock in the sector.
    • Zion Market Research has forecast the global palm oil market to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% between 2016 and 2021. Growth drivers include higher living standards, changing eating habits, growing demand for vegetable oil as a feedstock for biodiesel production as well as low prices compared to soybean and other vegetable oils.
    • Palm oil prices for the rest of 2017 are projected to remain firm, given the seasonally strong fourth quarter, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. A further boost could come from weaker-than-expected output, as well as an anticipated cut in Europe's import tariffs for Indonesia's biodiesel.
  • Highlights of Gold Opportunities on SGX

    26 Dec 2017
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    Highlights of Gold Opportunities on SGX
    • SGX offers investors opportunities to participate in the gold sector through three mining stocks – Wilton Resources, CNMC Goldmine and Anchor Resources – and one Exchange Traded Fund, the SPDR Gold Shares ETF.
    • Spot gold has fallen over 4% since hitting a one-year high of US$1,349.22 on 7 September 2017, which reduces its YTD gain to 12%. Bullion's performance has been impacted by flagging investor interest after the recent surge in US equity markets, the focus on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and as central banks began paring their stimulus policies.
    • The World Gold Council has consistently flagged the diversification role of gold, noting that the commodity fulfils a classic role as a haven asset. A key motivation for including bullion in a portfolio has been the metal’s history of maintaining low correlations to most other asset classes, which helps to reduce overall portfolio risk.
  • Changing Landscapes in the Singapore Retail Property Market

    04 Dec 2017
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    Changing Landscapes in the Singapore Retail Property Market
    • Singapore retail space vacancy rose to 7.7% in 1Q17 despite a 2.9% QoQ decline in price rentals. However, impact of retail headwinds may not be evenly felt across all malls.
    • New supply of retail malls largely located in Outside Central Regions, in line with the government’s plan of decentralised business districts and growth of regional centres.
    • SGX lists 12 Retail REITs & Property Trusts which have retail properties within their asset portfolios with a combined market capitalisation of S$30.9 billion. These 12 trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 16.2% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 6.1%.
  • Recent Trends & Moves in Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts

    04 Dec 2017
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    Recent Trends & Moves in Singapore’s Hospitality Trusts
    • Hotel RevPar in 2016 fell 4.7% YoY despite an increase of 7.7% in tourist arrivals, with a slower rate of decline since 2017. Hotel occupancy rates remain at an 8 year average of 86%.
    • New hotel room supply in 2017 stands at 3,400 rooms (URA 1Q17 data), 60% higher YoY, but supply is expected to ease in 2018 due to lack of supply of new land for hotel development.
    • SGX lists one Hospitality REIT and five Hospitality Stapled Trusts with a combined market capitalisation of S$9.1 billion. These six trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 19.0% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 6.5%.
  • Singapore Office Property Market Stabilising Despite Headwinds

    20 Nov 2017
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    Singapore Office Property Market Stabilising Despite Headwinds
    • 1Q17 office space vacancy rates peaked at 11.6%, highest in five years. Office rental rates continue to decline and Grade A office rents stabilising QoQ, indicating signs of stabilisation in office rental rates.
    • Office space supply is expected to peak in 2017 and taper off in the next few years. CBRE Research believes that sentiment has swung from pessimism to optimism as investors forecast a period of relatively modest supply over the next few years.
    • SGX lists six Office REITs (GICS®) with a combined market capitalisation of S$12.8 billion. These 6 trusts have generated a market cap weighted average total return of 16.9% in the YTD and have an average dividend yield of 5.7%.
  • Green Shoots Emerge Despite Challenging Industrial Property Market

    20 Nov 2017
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    Green Shoots Emerge Despite Challenging Industrial Property Market
    • Singapore’s industrial property market remains challenging as industrial space supply is expected to peak in 2017, before tapering off in the next few years.
    • Green shoots in manufacturing activity data, and the Singapore government’s economic shift, coupled with its focus on higher value-added businesses, bode well for industrial property demand.
    • SGX lists 11 REITs & Property Trusts which have industrial properties within their asset portfolios. These 11 trusts have generated an average year-to-date total return of 19.0%.
  • Singapore Private Property Market Shows Signs of Stabilising

    13 Nov 2017
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    Singapore Private Property Market Shows Signs of Stabilising
    • Singapore’s private property market appears to be stabilising as URA’s 2Q17 flash estimates show smallest QoQ price decline of private residential property prices since 4Q13. YTD average monthly primary private home sales volumes are also 74.6% higher YoY.
    • Existing property cooling measures are likely to remain despite recent calibrated adjustments. In the medium term, MAS believes that Singapore’s property prices should be aligned with broader income trends in the local economy.
    • SGX lists six Real Estate Management & Development (GICS®) stocks with market capitalisation above S$1 billion that have substantial exposure to the Singapore property market. These six companies have an average total return of 29.2% in the year thus far.
  • SGX Real Estate Index Returned 19.5% YTD on Positive Indicators

    13 Nov 2017
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    SGX Real Estate Index Returned 19.5% YTD on Positive Indicators
    • The SGX Real Estate Index, a benchmark for Singapore’s Real Estate Sector, has returned 19.5% in the YTD. Domestic private home prices have shown signs of stabilisation in recent months, with a pick-up in primary transaction volumes.
    • There are 104 Real Estate companies (diverse across assets) with a combined market capitalisation of almost S$190 billion listed on the SGX. Some key drivers for the sector include population growth, government cooling measures, land supply and interest rates.
    • Post the YTD rally, sector valuations remain below their long-term historical average. Singapore property developer stocks are trading at PB ratio of 0.75x vs their long-term average of 0.83x.
  • 10 Biggest US Exposure Plays Generated 35.6% YTD Weighted Returns

    07 Nov 2017
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    10 Biggest US Exposure Plays Generated 35.6% YTD Weighted Returns
    • US 3Q GDP will be released on Oct 27 (Fri). Focus will be on economic impact from hurricane Harvey and Irma, President Trump’s push for US tax reforms and decision on the Federal Reserve Chair replacement.
    • The 10 largest capitalized stocks with at least 20% of their revenue from US have averaged a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 35.6% in the year to date. This compares with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index’s 13.2% and 9.2% respectively in SGD terms.
    • The six non-inverse US equity ETFs listed on SGX have averaged a total return of 12.5% in the year thus far. There are 10 US ETFs listed on SGX. Seven track equity indices (including one S&P 500 Inverse Daily (-1x), two fixed-income assets, and one that tracks the money market.
  • S-REITs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

    07 Nov 2017
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    S-REITs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment
    • In the year-to-date, the SGX S-REIT Index has generated a 15.5% price gain and 21.2% total return (inclusive of dividends), compared to the benchmark STI’s 15.6% price gain and 19.0% total return. Singapore’s 3-month SIBOR has gained 16.2% in the same period.
    • In theory, a rise in interest rates will lead to an increase in borrowing costs, which impacts the profitability of REITs and their ability to make acquisitions. However, gradual rate increases are also often associated with improving economic growth, which indirectly boosts REITs’ earnings.
    • The SGX S-REIT Index maintains a median gearing ratio of 34.0%, below the 45.0% limit. In terms of valuation, yield spreads between S-REITs and 10-year government bonds are at 385bps, 39bps above the long term average of 346bps.
  • 20 Largest China Plays Returned 27% in the YTD

    05 Nov 2017
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    20 Largest China Plays Returned 27% in the YTD
    • China’s 2017 GDP forecast was revised higher to 6.7% QoQ. Some of China’s growth drivers for the economy include its OBOR Initiative, supply-side structural reform, SOEs reform, growing middle-income class and domestic consumption, and the “Made in China 2025” new economy programme.
    • Close to a quarter (or 180) of SGX-listed companies generate at least 20% of their revenue from China and 80% of these companies derive half or more of their revenue from China. These companies provide investors with revenue exposure to China’s growth story.
    • Of the 20 largest capitalised stocks with at least 50% of their revenue generated from China, 16 saw positive YTD price returns. The five best performing stocks were Hi-P Intl (+165.7%), Elec & Eltek Intl Co (+66.4%), China Sunsine Chem Hldgs (+59.0%), Global Logistic Properties (+49.1%) and Yanlord Land Group (+25.0%).
  • FTSE ST China Index up 18% in 2017 YTD

    05 Nov 2017
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    FTSE ST China Index up 18% in 2017 YTD
    • In the 2017 YTD, Singapore’s FTSE ST China Index has generated a total return of 17.9%, compared to a 14.9% return for the H-share Index in SGD terms.
    • The FTSE ST China Index consists of FTSE ST All-Share Index constituents that report either at least half of their sales revenues from Mainland China, or report at least half of their operating assets in Mainland China.
    • CWT, Hi-P International, Valuetronics Holdings and Geo Energy Resources will join the FTSE ST China Index on 18 September. This will take the number of constituents in the Index to 21. There are no Index exclusions following the recent review.
    • These four pending FTSE ST China Index entrants have generated average price gains of 72% in the 2017 YTD, ranging from a 8.9% gain for Geo Energy Resources to a 172.6% gain for Hi-P International.
  • China-Focused Materials Stocks Led Sector’s YTD Gains

    01 Nov 2017
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    China-Focused Materials Stocks Led Sector’s YTD Gains
    • The Materials Sector has been Singapore’s second best performing Sector in the 2017 YTD with a market capitalisation-weighted average price gain of 31%. This compared to a 10% gain for the MSCI World Materials Index.
       
    • The YTD median gain of Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks was 5%, with a much higher average gain of 54%. Meanwhile, Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks that report the majority of their revenue to China generated a YTD median gain of 44% and average gain of 87%.
       
    • As many as seven of Singapore’s 10 largest capitalised Materials stocks with a China revenue focus reported 1HFY17 net profit growth. This ranged from +414% YoY net profit growth for Jiutian Chemical Group to +37.7% YoY net profit growth for Tat Seng Packaging Group.
  • ASEAN Plays Poised to Gain from China's Belt & Road Initiative (OBOR)

    30 Oct 2017
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    ASEAN Plays Poised to Gain from China's Belt & Road Initiative (OBOR)
    • With its geographical proximity and relatively low risk profile, ASEAN is expected to be a key beneficiary and bridgehead of OBOR as it sees more infrastructure developments and improvements, as well as increased trade and regional connectivity in the region.
    • Singapore, being a member state of ASEAN, has significant roles to play in the OBOR initiative through its status as a financial hub. In addition, Singapore has established industries with the expertise to drive and support infrastructure development for OBOR in ASEAN.
    • SGX lists 192 stocks (c.25%) with at least 20% of their revenue generated from ASEAN across the GICS® Industrials, Materials, and Utilities Sectors. Of the 20 largest capitalised stocks, 13 saw positive YTD price returns. The five best-performing stocks were Jardine Strategic (+25.5%), Straits Trading (+25.1%), Riverstone Holdings (+18.7%), SBS Transit (+17.9%) and Keppel Infrastructure Trust (+16.8%).
  • SGX: China Environmental Plays in Spotlight as China Goes Green

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    SGX: China Environmental Plays in Spotlight as China Goes Green
    • Environmental protection and pollution control are becoming increasingly important in China’s policies, as the country strives to develop an ecological civilisation. During its journey to become a green economy, businesses with a focus on environmental utilities in China will likely play important roles.
    • The Chinese government has stepped up efforts to boost environmental protection in recent years, launching several initiatives to promote a greener and cleaner economy, investing in renewable projects and increasing enforcement on pollution domestically.
    • SGX has a cluster of 15 China environmental stocks with a combined market capitalisation of S$5.8 billion. The five biggest China environmental plays are CITIC Envirotech, SIIC Environment, China Everbright Water, China Jinjiang Environment and Sunpower Group.
  • SGX’s 20 Biggest China-Related Enterprises Returned 39.8% in YTD

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    SGX’s 20 Biggest China-Related Enterprises Returned 39.8% in YTD
    • 20 of the biggest and active stocks with a China head office have averaged a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 39.8% in the year to date. This compares with the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index’s (SHCOMP) +8.0% (in SGD terms).
    • The 20 biggest stocks maintain market capitalisation-weighted P/E and P/B ratios of 11.2x and 1.3x respectively, below 17.6x and 1.9x respectively for the SHCOMP. Nine of these stocks maintain higher ROEs than the SHCOMP’s 10.7%.
    • The five best performers among the 20 stocks in the YTD are Delong Holdings, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, China Sunsine Chemical Holdings, Yanlord Land and China Aviation Oil. They maintain an average ROE of 16.2%.
  • 市值最大的 20 只中国概念股年初至今回报率达 27%

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    值最大的 20 只中国概念股年初至今回报率达 27%
    • 中国 2017 年 GDP 预测已向上修正为按季度增长 6.7%。推动中国经济增长的因素包括一带一路计划、供给侧结构性改革、国有企业改革、不断发展的中产阶级和国内消费以及“中国制造 2025”新经济计划。
    • 新交所接近四分之一(或 180 家)上市公司有至少 20% 收入来自中国,其中 80% 公司有一半或以上收入来自中国。这些公司为投资者提供从中国的经济增长中获得收入的机会。
    • 在市值最大且至少 50% 收入来自中国的 20 只股票中,有 16 只股票年初至今录得上涨。表现最出色的 5 只股票分别是赫比国际有限公司 (Hi-P Intl, +165.7%)、依利安达 (Elec & Eltek Intl Co, +66.4%)、中国尚舜化工控股 (China Sunsine Chem Hldgs, +59.0%)、普洛斯 (Global Logistic Properties, +49.1%) 和仁恒置地 (Yanlord Land Group, +25.0%)。
    中国拥有近 14 亿人口,是全球人口最多的国家以及全球最大的经济体(根据世界银行数据),2016年 GDP 超过 21 万亿美元。摩根士丹利的中国蓝皮书预计中国可以摆脱中等收入陷阱并在 2027 年实现人均国民总收入 (GNI) 超过 12,500 美元(2016 年的人均国民总收入为 8,100 美元)。
  • 聚焦中国市场的材料股引领今年板块涨势

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    聚焦中国市场的材料股引领今年板块涨势
    • 材料板块是新加坡 2017 年年初至今表现第二出色的板块,市值加权平均涨幅为 31%。相比之下,MSCI 世界材料指数上涨了 10%。
    • 新加坡市值最大的 10 只材料股年初至今的涨幅中值为 5%,平均涨幅则为 54%。同时,新加坡市值最大且大部分收入来自中国的 10 只材料股年初至今的涨幅中值为 44%,平均涨幅为 87%。
    • 新加坡市值最大且聚焦于中国市场的 10 只材料股中有 7 只股票报告 2017 财年上半年净利润录得增长。这些公司的净利润同比增幅介于九天化工集团 (Jiutian Chemical Group) 的 414% 至达成包装集团 (Tat Seng Packaging Group) 的 37.7% 之间。
     
    材料板块以主要业务是将原材料转化为工业材料用品的股票为代表。这类公司可能涉及勘探、开发或加工活动。根据全球行业分类标准(GICS®),材料板块包括制造化学品、建材、玻璃、纸类产品、木材产品及相关包装产品的公司以及钢铁生产商等金属、矿物和采矿公司。
     
  • 东盟概念股将从中国一带一路倡议中获益

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    东盟概念股将从中国一带一路倡议中获
    • 凭借毗邻中国的地理优势以及相对较低的风险水平,预计东盟将是一带一路倡议的主要受益者及桥头堡,该地区将有更多的基础设施的建设和改造项目,而贸易活动及地区联系也会更加紧密。
    • 作为东盟成员国,新加坡将通过其金融中心地位在一带一路倡议中发挥重要作用。此外,新加坡还具备成熟的产业,并有着专业经验可推动并支持一带一路倡议在东盟地区的基础建设项目。
    在新交所 GICS® 工业、材料和公用事业板块中,192 只股票(约占总市值的 25%)有至少 20% 的收入来自东盟地区。其中20 只市值最大的股票中,有 13 只年初至今录得上涨。表现最好的五只股票是怡和策略 (Jardine Strategic, +25.5%)、海峡贸易公司 (Straits Trading, +25.1%)、立合斯顿控股 (Riverstone Holdings, +18.7%)、新捷运 (SBS Transit, +17.9%) 和吉宝基础设施信托 (Keppel Infrastructure Trust, +16.8%)。