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Jan 21, 2014

Stung by penny stock scandal, Singapore Exchange bets on derivatives

SINGAPORE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd
, set to report its weakest profit in more than a year
after a penny stock scandal hammered trading volumes, is placing
a big bet on an increasingly crowded derivatives market.

The demise of SGX mini metals contracts, and lower volumes
for its iron ore swaps since China launched a competing product,
could be a warning sign for its ambitions as major international
exchanges muscle into its home turf.

Jan 15, 2014

Singapore private home sales at 5-year low, tough year ahead

SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The number of private homes
sold by developers in Singapore in December fell more than 80
percent from a year earlier, with the property industry bracing
itself for a tough 2014 as a series of government measures to
cool the market start to bite.

With developers putting few big new projects on to the
market and potential buyers hampered by rules limiting how much
they can borrow, only 259 units were sold last month in the city
state, the lowest number since January 2009, according to
figures from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Jan 8, 2014

Tiger Airways sells unprofitable Philippine unit to Cebu Air

MANILA/SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Singapore’s Tigerair is
selling its Philippine business to Cebu Pacific, the
archipelago’s biggest airline, leaving just three main players
in a market flush with planes but thin on passengers.

Tigerair, which has lost millions of dollars since buying
into the budget carrier about 18 months ago, is turning its
attention to partnerships to build scale. Cebu Pacific is
betting on longer-term growth to propel traveller numbers beyond
seats.

Jan 6, 2014

OCBC says in talks for Wing Hang, concerns over price abound

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC.SI: Quote, Profile, Research) is in exclusive talks to buy Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank Ltd (0302.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), a deal that has raised concerns about its estimated $5.3 billion price tag and the likely need to tap shareholders for funds.

The acquisition would be OCBC’s biggest and would give it a much sought after gateway to China. The purchase would also help it bridge the gap with domestic rival DBS Group Holdings (DBSM.SI: Quote, Profile, Research), which operates Hong Kong’s fifth-biggest bank.

Jan 6, 2014

OCBC’s bid for HK’s Wing Hang raises valuation, funding concerns

SINGAPORE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Singapore OCBC’s bid to take
over Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank Ltd in a deal
estimated at $5.3 billion has raised concerns it may be paying
too much for a mid-sized bank and will be tapping shareholders
to fund the acquisition.

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, Singapore’s
second-biggest bank, has begun exclusive talks with Wing Hang,
offering nearly twice the Hong Kong lender’s book value, two
people familiar with the deal told Reuters on Friday.

Dec 22, 2013

Singapore developers build overseas as foreign firms splash out on land

SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Singapore’s mid-tier property
developers are laying the first stones of their overseas
business as domestic sales plunge, land prices climb, and
foreign rivals bet high stakes on the city-state’s long-term
prosperity.

Hiap Hoe Ltd and Oxley Holdings Ltd
followed sector leader CapitaLand Ltd this year by
going abroad. At home, government action to slow the rise of
record-high prices led to a 50 percent drop in third-quarter
private home sales.

Dec 20, 2013

From street stalls to bourses, SE Asia’s traditional medicine makers promise panacea

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Dec 20 (Reuters) – On rainy days in
Jakarta, a canny street merchant like Emi can sell two dozen
sachets of herbal cold cure Tolak Angin to office workers and
labourers sniffling by her roadside stall.

“Herbal medicine is good for the body because it’s natural,”
says Emi, who goes by only one name. Laced with ginger, cloves
and mint leaves, the traditional remedy Emi sells for 25 cents
apiece is also good for business: The company that makes Tolak
Angin went public this week and is worth around $850 million.

Nov 20, 2013

Singapore’s Fullerton Fund pumps more into China, cuts exposure in India

SINGAPORE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Fullerton Fund Management, a
unit of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd
, says progress in economic reform is encouraging it to
invest more in China, and that slow progress in India is
prompting it to invest less.

China has pledged to make the most sweeping economic changes
in nearly three decades, which could benefit sectors such as
consumer, infrastructure, insurance and clean energy, Fullerton
Chief Executive Manraj Sekhon said at the Reuters Global
Investment Outlook Summit on Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2013

Singapore Airlines sacrificing yields to defend market share

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Struggling Singapore Airlines
Ltd is showing little sign of a recovery with
passenger yields falling to near four-year lows, highlighting
SIA’s eroding pricing power in a weak market for premium
airlines.

SIA’s yields fell for the third consecutive quarter as it
faced stiff competition on its medium and long-haul routes from
Gulf carriers such as Emirates Airline and others including
Malaysian Airline System Bhd and Cathay Pacific
Airways Ltd.

Oct 28, 2013

Singapore’s Straits Trading buys $238 mln stake in real estate manager ARA

SINGAPORE, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Singapore conglomerate Straits
Trading Company Ltd is buying just over a fifth of
real estate fund manager ARA Asset Management Ltd in a
S$294.4 million ($238 million) deal it said would boost its
property business.

Straits Trading will acquire the 20.1 percent stake in ARA
from Cheung Kong Investment Company, a unit of Hong Kong tycoon
Li Ka-Shing’s Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd, and ARA Chief
Executive John Lim.

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      "Anshuman Daga has been with Reuters since 13 years, most of that tracking companies and equity markets. After joining in Mumbai, Anshuman did a stint in India's technology hub of Bangalore and then spent a few years covering European stock markets in London. He moved to Singapore in 2008, with a focus on news coverage of Southeast Asia and technology stories from Asia."
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