Taiwan: Stocks hit near two-month lows

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Taiwan stocks hit their lowest in almost two months on Tuesday in volatile trading, tracking declines in some other regional markets, with a recovery in some heavyweights such as TSMC limiting the falls.

The main Taiex index was down 0.14 per cent at 8934.51 at 0315 GMT. It had dipped to as low as 8,885.55 earlier in the session, an intraday level not seen since July 15.

Taiwan’s market sentiment has been cautious, in part prompted by massive foreign selling. The electronics subindex sank 0.3 per cent, while the financials subindex lost 0.7 per cent.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s top contract chip maker and the market’s most heavily-weighted share, dipped nearly 1 per cent but recovered later.


Stocks to watch: GLP, CWT, Vard, ISDN, AusGroup

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STOCKS to watch on Tuesday include:
Global Logistic Properties (GLP): The second-largest owner of US industrial real estate agreed to buy US$1.1 billion of warehouses from Hillwood Development Co. It expects to complete a US$700 million deal for fully leased properties in December, the company said. On Monday, GLP also said it will develop a 27,000-square-metre modern logistics property in Osaka at a development cost of around five billion yen (S$66.8 million).

CWT: The logistics company said a subsidiary under its financial services arm, Straits Financial Group, has been granted the full capital market services licence for trading in futures contracts by the central bank.

This allows the subsidiary, Straits Financial Services Pte Ltd (SFSPL), to offer a full and complete suite of financial and commodity derivatives, including centrally cleared over-the-counter contracts and contracts-for-differences. SFSPL will also be able to expand its customer base beyond the “accredited investors” and “corporate expert investors” category.

Hong Kong: Stocks extend gains at open

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Hong Kong stocks rose in early trade, adding to the previous day’s rally on upbeat Chinese trade data, while investors await the release of mainland inflation figures.

The Hang Seng Index added 0.20 per cent, or 46.68 points, to 23,966.02.

But the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was marginally lower, edging down 0.52 points to 3,095.43, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, was slightly up, ticking 0.51 points higher to 2,050.59.

Australia shares dragged down by banks, basic materials; NZ lower

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Australian shares fell to their lowest in close to two months on Thursday as many investors were edgy about global economic prospects, and some encouraging trade data from China did not lift spirits.

All sectors, led by financials and basic materials, wallowed in red seeking cues from global economic events queued up in the day.

The S&P/ASX 200 index was at its lowest since mid-July, down 47.55 points, or 0.9 per cent, at 5376.7 at 0246 GMT. The benchmark rose marginally on Wednesday.

China August trade data, awaited as a gauge of global demand, topped forecasts as imports recorded their first annual rise since late 2014. But that didn’t help Australian shares.

Hong Kong, Shanghai: Stocks down at open

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Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai dipped in the first few minutes on Thursday as investors await the release of closely watched Chinese trade data later in the day.

The Hang Seng Index fell 0.16 per cent, or 36.85 points, to 23,704.96.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.06 per cent, or 1.98 points, to 3,089.95, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, slipped 0.07 per cent, or 1.44 points, to 2,043.11.

Oil rally continues as Brent tops US$50 a barrel

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Oil prices continued to rally on Thursday with Brent oil topping US$50 a barrel following data showing lower US crude stockpiles.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in October rose US$1.04 to US$50.89 a barrel in London, its first close above US$50 in nearly two months.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for September delivery gained US$1.43 to US$48.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Thursday’s gains continued the upward trend in place for most of August, due in part to talk from Saudi Arabia and other producers that major oil exporters could agree to cap output next month.

Stocks to watch: CapitaLand Mall Trust, Rickmers, SGX, China Minzhong Food

THE following companies made material announcements before the opening of Wednesday’s market:

CapitaLand Mall Trust said that the new Funan mall, when ready in the fourth quarter of 2019, will be a platform that “inspires retail innovation” and offers a “new paradigm” for living, work and play.

Funan will go beyond selling IT products to “incorporating the tech experience throughout the entire integrated development”.

The new property will have a total gross floor area (GFA) of 887,000 sq ft. Occupying more than half the GFA at 500,000 sq ft will be the mall, a six-storey retail component which comprises four levels above ground and two basement levels. Three towers will sit above, including two six-storey premium Grade A office towers from Level 5 to Level 10 with a GFA of 266,000 sq ft, and a nine-storey block housing 279 co-living apartment units from Level 4 to Level 12 with a GFA of 121,000 sq ft.