Singapore’s MTI lowered its economic growth forecast for the city-state to 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent for 2019, from 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent previously.
Economy and Trade
Singapore’s April NODX dropped 10.1% on-year on a high base a year earlier, with declines in both electronic and non-electronic exports, data showed Friday.
The U.S. trade war with China may have dented a broad swathe of sectors, but it’s given China’s property market a big fillip.
These are Singapore companies which may be in focus on Thursday, 16 May 2019: UOB, Singapore Airlines, OCBC, Hyflux, UOL and Ezion.
UOB expects to benefit from U.S.-Sino trade tensions, with companies set to diversify their supply chains into Southeast Asia, the bank said Wednesday.
More than a third of fund managers have taken out hedges to protect against a sharp market fall over the next three months, the May BofA-ML fund manager survey found.
These are Singapore companies which may be in focus Friday, 10 May 2019: Genting Singapore, SGX, SATS, OUE Commercial REIT and Ascendas Hospitality Trust.
Port operator PSA and SATS said Thursday they signed a deal Thursday to provide cargo owners and logistics service providers sea-air connectivity.
DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said Monday the major risk for the bank would be a “steep collapse” in interest rates.
UOB, SGX and the China Chamber of International Commerce said Sunday they signed a deal to help Chinese firms use Singapore as a base for expanding into Southeast Asia.
Morgan Stanley said the quick election victory of Indonesia’s incumbent President Widodo set the stage for the continuation of structural reform policies.
Global fund managers turned slightly less bearish in their economic outlook, spurring additions to their equity allocations, BofA-ML’s April survey found.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore, kept policy unchanged Friday and lowered its inflation forecast, pointing to slowing economic growth in the city-state.
Singapore’s 1Q19 GDP growth slowed to 1.3% on-year, from 1.9% in 4Q18, off a high base of 4.7% growth in 1Q18, according to preliminary data Friday.
Analysts differ on whether markets need to see a full-enchilada trade deal between the U.S. and China to prevent a repeat of the fourth quarter’s selloff.
Markets may have recovered from their fourth quarter ructions, but DBS is advising adding more gold to portfolios to stave off the effects of continued volatility.
These are Singapore companies which may be in focus on Monday, 1 April 2019: Swiber, SIA Engineering, Hyflux, Singapore Airlines and CapitaLand.
The yield curve inversion in the U.S. may have set off a fresh round of market jitters, but Eric Rosengren, president of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said on Tuesday that it’s no longer a reliable recession signal.
The inversion of the U.S. yield curve may have convinced many market participants that the sky is falling, or at least, a recession is looming, but at least two central bankers are unimpressed.
The disruptions and uncertainty central bankers have been dealing with over the past few years have one root cause, said Yellen on Monday.