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StarHub share price in dangerous mood

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On 27 July 2020, StarHub announced the abrupt retirement of its CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos. The bombshell revelation is likely to add more pressure on StarHub share price in the coming weeks. The CEO’s sudden departure also coincides with the period of time in which the telco is about to announce the 1HFY2020 results (7 August 2020). In view of this, many investors can’t help but fear the worst for StarHub share price.

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Peter Kaliaropoulos was appointed as StarHub CEO in July 2008. During his tenure, StarHub share price had never crossed the $2.00 mark. Instead, the past two years saw StarHub share price on a path of destruction. Currently, StarHub share price has slumped to an abysmal $1.25, a shadow of its former self when it was trading as high as $4.00 in 2016. In view of this, should shareholders short StarHub share price to hedge their investments?

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To be fair to Peter Kaliaropoulos, he did try his best to revive the fortunes of the ailing telco through …

AEM share price rocked by Intel

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Sign up & unlock articles! AEM share price suffered an explosive meltdown on 24 July 2020 following news of Intel’s announcement of delay in production of 7nm-based CPU for about 6 months. The bombshell revelation caused AEM share price to drop by as much as 7% the next trading day. Is this the beginning of the end for AEM share price or should investors buy on the dip?

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To be fair to Intel, the 2Q financial result was actually quite decent as revenue increased by a staggering 20% year-on-year to reach USD19.7 billion. This performance exceeded most analysts’ predictions. On the basis of Intel’s stellar results, I expect AEM’s upcoming 1HFY2020 financial result to be robust as well, thereby turbo-charging AEM share price.

Question now is: will AEM share price explode in second wave with a potential contract win with Qualcomm or spiral out of control with Intel? Speculations about a …

AEM share price to rocket to $5.00?

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Sign up & unlock articles! Will AEM share price fulfil its destiny as the King of Technology Stock in SGX? AEM share price has been in buoyant mood in the past week, soaring by as high as 17% on 21 July 2020. Admittedly, the rise has not been linear as AEM share price experienced some loss of form in June.

The upcoming 1H financial result must have given a boost to AEM share price as investors bought ahead of the earning release. Many analysts had hyped up AEM share price and re-rated the target price following the strong growth in electronics sector amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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As the purported key supplier for Intel, AEM share price had ridden on the growth of the US semiconductor company in recent years. It’s competitive edge lies in its first-mover advantage of its test equipment for Intel in 2016 – High Density Modular Test (HDMT) semiconductor test handler platform. The volume ramp …

SPH share price at mercy of OCBC Bank?

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It is that “uh-oh” feeling for SPH share price again. As an OCBC shareholder, I have a special interest in SPH share price. Why is this so? After all, this article is about SPH share price and not OCBC bank. Read on to find out why.

Troubles certainly come in troops for SPH share price. In the 3rd quarter business update, SPH management revealed that COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in revenue from print advertisement plummeting 51% year-on-year while rental income from its Singapore retail assets also got hit due to the circuit breaker from April to June. To rub salt into the wound, one of its aged care assets (Orange Valley) was a COVID-19 cluster (thankfully all affected patients had been discharged).

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Given the gloomy backdrop, SPH share price continued its downward journey to the bottom of the cliff. Should shareholders hang on for their lives or throw in the towel? In my opinion, current SPH share price is so bad its good.  At 0.5 to its book …

DBS Group share price to melt with 41% GDP drop?

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Sign up & unlock articles! It’s official. Singapore has entered into recession following the 41.2% GDP drop in the 2nd quarter from the preceding three months. As the bellwether of the economy, the financial performance of the banks is sensitive to the economy condition. In this regard, will DBS Group share price melt in the coming weeks?

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The mind-blowing decline of 2Q’s GDP is obviously caused by the COVID-19 and the resulting circuit-breaker measures. Many analysts shuddered to think what would have happened if the government did not implement the four budgets worth nearly $100 billion. The rescue packages helped to mitigate the impact for most businesses and stave off mass unemployment. Looking back, this could be the major factor why DBS Group share price had not collapsed to abysmal levels until now.

Despite the devastating effect of COVID-19 pandemic, year-to-date, DBS Group share price had corrected about 18%. The bearish form was because the bank has a huge loan exposure of $85 billion in the

Golden Agri share price plunged to record low

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Sign up & unlock articles! Is this the end of the road for Golden Agri share price? The only predictability about Indonesian palm oil plantation company is its unpredictability. In December 2019, many analysts (including myself) predicted that Golden Agri share price would be doomed after the stock was removed from the prestigious Straits Times Index (STI). But the company ended FY2019 on a high note after delivering a surprising result which saw the company clocking USD194 million of net profit.

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Golden Agri share price in false dawn?

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Entering FY2020, Golden Agri share price plunged to a low of $0.13 on 23 March 2020 due to the devastating fallout from COVID-19. Since then, Golden Agri share price had not been able to shake the blues. For the past four months, the stock had been languishing around the $0.13 to $0.15 price range. Make no mistake, no winter lasts forever. The best chance of making money from stock market is to enter during crisis time. But will Golden Agri share price turn out to be a falling knife?

Perhaps, the disappointing 1st quarter business update played a part in the …

AEM share price in fist of fiery

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In June 2020, AEM share price hit the skid after soaring from $1.30 in March to a high of $3.40 in May. The uncertainties of the new US ban on Huawei, coupled with the announcement that Apple is ditching Intel for its Mac computers, may have took some shine off AEM share price. But in July, AEM share price returned to form and resumed its bullish form again. What has changed?

To put things into perspective, AEM share price roared to life in 2020 because of COVID-19 pandemic, which had caused people to work from home. The pandemic has also resulted in companies turning to technologies for business continuity. Against this backdrop, the demand for chips soared. Consequently, AEM share price went on a bullish streak because the company provides system testing for semiconductor companies.

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Question now is: will AEM share price rocket in the coming months? This is the price level that will propel its market capitalization to $1.4 …

SPH share price assassinated by short sellers

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SPH share price is in crisis. 22 June 2020 marked the end of 22 years of journey in the Straits Times Index (STI) for SPH, which was being replaced by Mapletree Industrial Trust. Given that the revamped STI was created by SPH in 1998, the latest development is indeed a terrible setback for SPH share price. But in my view, this move could be a strategy by the management to ward off short-selling attacks.

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From 2 December 2019, SGX has dramatically reduced the borrowing rates for index stocks from 6% to 0.5%. This means that if SPH continued to remain in the STI, SPH share price will be vulnerable to short-selling attacks. Currently, investors had loaned a massive 19.4 million of SPH shares to the SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending Pool (SBL).

Notwithstanding the above, SPH share price is likely to be bearish in the following months. Former STI comrades like SIAEC, StarHub, Golden Agri and HPH Trust all suffered huge decline in share prices following their exit out of STI. So far, I have not …

TalkMed share price lost its way

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Sign up & unlock articles! Will TalkMed share price ever see daylight? This counter used to be one of the rising stars among the Catalist. With a market capitalization of $554 million, TalkMed is actually one of the largest Catalist stocks in Singapore. Yet, a combination of events caused this healthcare group to fall off the cliff in recent years.

Every dog has its day. TalkMed share price had a good start when it surged from IPO price of $0.20 in January 2014 to hit a high of $1.00 in July 2016. That solid run also saw the Group issuing bonus shares to reward shareholders on the basis of one bonus share for one existing ordinary share back in May 2017.

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Then all of a sudden, the wheels came off the wagon for TalkMed share price. In June 2017, the Group’s CEO, Dr Ang Peng Tiam. was given an eight-month suspension following the inquiry conducted by the Disciplinary Tribunal of Singapore Medical Council. Dr Ang’s eight-month suspension had a negative impact on the Group’s revenue and earnings in 2017. That news totally knocked the wind out of TalkMed share price. Since then, TalkMed share price had been a shadow of …

iFAST share price at tipping point?

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Can anything stop iFAST share price? As a fintech company, the history of iFAST is certainly intriguing. The company started life as fundsupermart.com during the dot.com bubble in 2000. The SARS of 2003 and the Great Financial Crisis in 2008 had almost destroyed the business but somehow the company managed to survive. The current COVID-19 pandemic is actually the third crisis for the fintech company but iFAST share price has been rather buoyant instead.

With a market capitalization of only $350 million, iFAST is considered a small cap in SGX mainboard. But considering the minimum debts it has and the aggressive growth strategies, iFAST share price had managed to punch above its weight in recent years.

iFAST share price on steroid!

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Of late, iFAST share price has been in the limelight, presumably because it is one of the nine digital wholesale bank (DWB) applicants to progress to the next stage of assessment by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Up to three DWB licenses are up for grab. Will digital bank be a game changer for iFAST share price?

Apart from the digital bank adventure, iFAST share price had largely been under the radar for most …

MLT share price at record high

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On 29 May 2020, Mapletree Logistics Trust shares were trading at a record high of $2.05. The bullish form of MLT share price is certainly impressive given the unprecedented challenges faced by the S-REIT sector. Then again, the surge of MLT share price has not been linear nor exponential. At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, MLT share price was mercilessly sold down, causing it nose-dived from $2.00 on 5 March 2020 to $1.20 on 23 March 2020.

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Investors who kept faith with this counter must be smiling to themselves now as MLT share price subsequently regained form after the release of the full-year financial report for FY2019/20. It was revealed that revenue increased 8% year-on-year to reach $490 million while net property income increased 12.6% to $438.5 million.

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The positive result gave MLT share price the legitimate reason to continue flying amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Indeed, MLT share price is one of the few exceptions to buck the trend of most S-REITs, which are mostly reeling from the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic.…

Singtel share price to collapse to $1.50?

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4 August 2020 will be destiny day for Singtel share price because it will be ex-dividend day for shareholders to be entitled to the final dividend of $0.0545. All eyes are on that day as shareholders brace themselves for a frightening roller-coaster ride of Singtel share price. But this time round, the correction for Singtel share price will likely to be much severe due to changes made to the SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) programme.

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With effect from 2 December 2019, SGX replaced the fixed rates for SBL programme. The borrowing rates for index stocks had been dramatically reduced from 6% per annum to a low of 0.5% per annum! The rationale for the adjustment was to make borrowing rates attractive for institutional investors. In my opinion, this is an ominous change for Singtel share price because this counter is a favourite among short-sellers.

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The reason for the volatility of Singtel share price in recent years could be attributed to its considerably large pool of lending shares, which …

Raffles Medical share price in sensational return

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What a sensational return for Raffles Medical share price. The share price of the private healthcare provider was hit badly during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Like many SGX stocks, Raffles Medical share price exploded to a low of $0.73 on 23 March 2020. Subsequently, the epic USD2 trillion massive fiscal stimulus by US government and the four Singapore Budgets helped to shore up market confidence. These events led to the revival of Raffles Medical share price.

Despite being in the healthcare sector, Raffles Medical share price did not surge during the COVID-19 pandemic like what shares of Riverstone and Top Glove did. Instead, Raffles Medical share price fell like the rest of its peers (Parkway Life REIT and First REIT). The reason for the decline of share price of hospital operators is because the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in countries being locked down, thereby affecting patient loads.

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Raffles Medical share price was particularly affected by the COVID-19 because it owns two hospitals in China, the original epi-centre of the …

SIAEC share price to soar on SIA privatization?

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What a gut-wrenching ride. SIAEC share price staged an impressive come-back as it surged from a low of $1.50 on 23 March 2020 to the current $2.20. The uptick in SIAEC share price represented a whopping 46% increase. Is it the right time for parent company, Singapore Airlines (SIA), to launch a privatization of SIAEC?

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The major catalyst for SIAEC share price is the potential privatization by SIA. Rumour of privatization had been ongoing for several years as SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong aggressively consolidated SIA’s portfolio assets in a bid to rationalize cost and create synergy among the Group entities. The consolidation effort saw SIA Cargo and SilkAir being integrated into SIA while Scoot and Tigerair merged. SIAEC could be the next integration initiative following the massive rights issue of SIA.

SIA currently holds 77.4% of SIAEC shares. When the SIAEC share price plunged to $1.50 on 23 March 2020, the Price/Book Value was at a very attractive level of 1.05. At that point of time, it would make sense for SIA to …

SATS share price crashed to 5-year low

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Is it the end of the road for SATS share price? The aviation ground handling service provider is severely hit as the COVID-19 pandemic causes the entire air travel to come to a grinding halt. As a result, SATS share price plunged to a 5-year low.

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SATS flying high in 2016

My last coverage on this counter was in 2017. That was when SATS share price was flying high and was trading at the $5.00 bandwidth. In those days, it certainly seemed that the sky was the limit for SATS share price. Nobody could have predicted that all it takes is a pandemic to cause SATS share price to fall down to earth.

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While everyone knows that the entire aviation industry is hit by the black swan event, what caught me by surprise is the resilience of SATS share price. At $3.17, SATS share price is at a 5-year low. Contrast this with share price of Singapore Airlines, which spiralled out of control to reach a record low. In this regard, is SATS share price at the right place and right time for investors to enter?

In all honesty, it is too …

AEM share price to rock and roll with Singtel?

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Singtel share price recently saw red as the telco announced a set of dismal full-year financial results and slashed its dividend pay-out. But it is definitely not the end of the road for Singtel as it primes itself for the next big thing in technology – the rollout of 5G. Should Singtel join forces with the new “King of Technology” in SGX – AEM holdings? How would this even affect AEM share price?

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While Singtel share price has been singing the blues lately, AEM share price stormed to high heavens amid the circuit breaker period. Trading at $3.10, AEM share price has risen 100% above the level seen on 23 March 2020. Investors must have regretted for missing the train or selling too early.

Indeed, the rise of AEM is one of the rare fairy-tales in SGX. AEM share price used to trade at penny stock level. However, the epic success of its test equipment for Intel in 2016 – High Density Modular Test (HDMT) semiconductor test handler platform …

Singtel share price in devastating bloodbath

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In my previous article “Singtel share price in nuclear meltdown”, I predicted that Singtel share price will collapse upon the announcement of a dividend cut. Indeed, Singtel share price plummeted upon the release of full-year financial result for FY2020 which saw full-year dividend being reduced to 12.25 cents. This is the lowest dividend since FY2005.

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Many analysts may argue that it is the poor financial performance that wrecked Singtel share price. To this end, I do not disagree. Group revenue declined 5% while net profit crashed 65% year-on-year. However, most of the shareholders of Singtel are long-term investors and I honestly doubt that they are spooked by the financial result. It should be the massive cut in dividend that scared the living daylight out of investors.

Year-to-date, Singtel share price had tanked 27%. In fact, Singtel share price has crossed my previous target entry price of $2.60. At this moment, it is too early to tell if it is going to be light at end of tunnel for Singtel share price anytime soon. …

StarHub share price losing in telco war

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It seems that StarHub share price had lost its way. The fierce telco war has walloped this counter left, right and centre. Since my last coverage on this counter, StarHub share price bottomed out to reach a low of $1.30 in October 2019. Subsequently, the stock went on a fine run to hit a high of $1.55 on 27 February 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic came along and sent Starhub share price plunging into the abyss yet again.

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Indeed, investing in StarHub is no fun. This counter used to be the brightest star among the SGX stocks with its strong dividend track record and rising share price. As a matter of fact, StarHub share price was still trading at the $4.00 bandwidth in 2015. No one could have predicted that the entry of TPG Telecom in 2016 could change the destiny of StarHub so much.

In my point of view, StarHub share price is slightly undervalued at the moment. Assuming the full-year net profit is $160 million, the EPS should be $0.09. With …

AEM share price to sink or swim with Huawei ban?

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The recent explosive bull run of AEM share price had led to a flurry of target price upgrades by various analysts. The surging form of AEM share price was attributed to the stellar first quarter business results that saw the company hitting a record revenue of $146.8 million and net profit of $36.1 million.

Indeed, the rate of ascend of AEM share price is so breath-taking that investors must be pinching themselves to check it is for real. Is this form even sustainable against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and rising tension between US and China? Will the unfolding trade war between US and China throws a spanner in the works for AEM share price?

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To be sure, the recent US rule to ban Huawei Technologies’ access to non-US chipmakers will have some impact on AEM share price. But make no mistake, this is actually the second phase of the trade war concerning export control on Huawei.

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In May 2019, US banned US chipmakers from selling equipment to Huawei. Intel was one of the companies hit by that move. …

SIA share price smashed into rock

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Our national carrier is in trouble. The devastating COVID-19 pandemic had decapacitated its fleets, resulting in SIA recording a full-year net loss of $212 million. This is the first ever full-year financial loss in the course of the carrier’s 48 years of operating history. Against this backdrop, all hell break loose for SIA share price. The announcement of the financial result also coincided with the recent mega rights exercise. These factors combined to cause SIA share price to roil to no end.

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In my humble opinion, the trouble for SIA share price is not in the rights issue itself but rather the pricing of the rights. At $3.00, the rights represented a massive discount of 53.8% to the last traded SIA share price of $6.50 on 25 March 2020. Evidently, the rationale for such massive discount is to make the rights issue as appealing as possible to retail investors. But in doing so, many retail …

AEM share price to hit $50 on listing in NASDAQ?

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Will AEM become another legendary fairy-tale in SGX? Amid the bearish market outlook caused by the devastating COVID-19 outbreak, AEM share price defied gravity to smash a record high of $3.37 on 11 May 2020. To illustrate how powerful the rally is: AEM share price stormed from $1.37 on 19 March 2020 to a crazy high of $3.37. This means that AEM share price soared nearly 250% within the span of two months!

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In life, what goes up must surely comes down. After reaching the giddy height of $3.37, AEM share price subsequently pulled back to reach the $3.10 price level. Such correction is healthy and should not be seen as beginning of the end for AEM share price. What ignited the surging bull run was largely due to the solid first quarter business results that saw the company hitting a record revenue of $146.8 million and net profit of $36.1 million. Will AEM share price continue its magical run in the face of the market downturn?

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UOB share price to sink or swim with COVID-19?

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Sometimes, reality defies logic. By right, bank stocks should have crashed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unfolding oil crisis. But DBS, OCBC and UOB share price had been quite resilient amid the unprecedented economic challenges. Bank counters had not collapsed like what they did during the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. Perhaps the massive stimulus packages by US Federal Reserves had helped to restore market confidence. Where will UOB share price go from here?

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In terms of first quarter financial results, UOB lost out to DBS but managed to beat OCBC comprehensively. Net earnings amounted to $855 million, a decline of 19% as compared to Q1FY2019. Overall, UOB’s decline was much better than DBS (-29%) and OCBC (-43%). Despite so, the outlook for UOB share price looks pretty grim as the bank navigates through the storm.

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Total income for UOB remained stable at $2.41 billion even though interest rates had plummeted to abysmal levels. Non-performing loan ratio also remained stable …

OCBC share price in horror show

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Will OCBC share price sink or swim? On 8 May 2020, OCBC announced a set of poor Q1 FY2020 business update that saw the number 2 bank in Singapore recording the worst financial performance among the three local banks. While COVID-19 pandemic had been cited by OCBC CEO as the culprit for the subpar performance, investors must be wondering how on earth did OCBC manage to fare so badly against the other two banks.

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On a year-on-year basis, net profit plunged 43% to reach an abysmal $698 million. This is the lowest as compared to DBS ($1.17 billion) and UOB ($855 million). OCBC’s decline was also the biggest among the three local banks. Against this backdrop, OCBC share price should be sluggish for the foreseeable future.

Upon examining the business update, I noted two factors that led to the steep decline in net profit. First, contributions from Great Eastern Holdings collapsed 94% to reach a low of $18 million, vis-à-vis the $290 million profit …

AEM share price in explosive bull run!

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Is the sky the limit for AEM share price? Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the technology sector is going through an up-cycle due to surging demand for electronic products as many people are forced to work from home. AEM share price is one of the beneficiaries of the sector rally and is currently enjoying a superb bull run.

Through the years, I had covered a number of SGX-listed technology companies in this blog. So far, I had been hesitant to cover AEM share price because of my lack of understanding of the semiconductor industry. This industry is notorious for having an extremely short lifespan and trying to analyse companies operating in this segment on a long-term basis is always challenging. In this article, I will share my views on whether the red-hot form of AEM share price is sustainable.

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As a matter of fact, AEM share price is now trading at record high of $2.60. This counter used to trade at the $6.00 bandwidth. Following the bonus issue of three-for-one shares exercise in March 2018, AEM share price fell off …

DBS Bank net profit plunged 29%

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Is this the beginning of the end for Singapore banks? The circuit-breaker implemented by Singapore government had caused the economy to come to a grinding halt. On 30 April 2020, DBS Bank announced business update for 1st quarter (SGX had scrapped mandatory quarterly reporting). Being the leading light of SGX, the financial performance of DBS Bank is often scrutinized. This is especially so in current climate as investors are looking for clues on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the banking sector.

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Initial assessment of the financial performance of DBS Bank is that the results are not as grim as many investors had feared. Total income grew 13% from a year ago to a new high of $4.03 billion but net profit had collapsed 29% to $1.17 billion. The lower profit was due to increased allowances of $0.7 billion to cater for risks due to the pandemic.

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Of course, it is still early days to claim that DBS Bank …

DBS Group Holdings share in bloodbath with Hin Leong

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In March 2020, DBS announced a staggering pay check of $12.1 million to CEO Piyush Gupta for leading the bank to the Promised Land – DBS’ total income had more than doubled, net profit has tripled, and market capitalisation had nearly doubled in FY2019. However, almost half of his annual salary was in the form of the company’s share plan. Thus, the upheaval of DBS Group Holdings share price in recent months must have left a bitter taste in CEO Piyush Gupta’s mouth.

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Previously, the supreme form of DBS Group Holdings share price was largely due its strong financial results, which was fuelled by its aggressive loan growth strategy. With $362 billion gross loans, DBS is the largest lender in Singapore. In comparison, UOB holds $269 billion while OCBC holds $264 billion of loans.

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For sure, CEO Piyush likes to put his money where his mouth is. In 2016, he bought $2.8 million of DBS shares at the peak of the oil crisis. At that point of time, he was confident …

UOB share price exploded with Hin Leong

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Troubles certainly come in troops for UOB share price. Amid the devastating fallout from COVID-19, UOB share price slipped following news that DBS, OCBC and UOB were faced with $870 million loan exposure to embattled home-grown oil trader, Hin Leong.

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The fall of Hin Leong cannot be underestimated as it is one of the largest marine fuel suppliers in Singapore. It also came at a time when global crude oil was trading at negative prices due to oversupply issue and price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Oil crisis is certainly not a new risk for local banks. In the 2014’s oil crisis, UOB share price got hammered as well, falling from $24 in May 2015 to the abysmal low of $17 in February 2016. But this time round, things may not be so straightforward for UOB share price.

To be honest, I have never seen such great chaos in my life. The pandemic crisis had effectively brought global economy to a complete standstill. And now with this oil crisis unfolding, …

Earn 2.8% interest from SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) program

SBL

COVID-19 has ravaged the entire global financial markets and upended numerous industries. To tackle the massive fallouts, US Federal Reserve pull out all stops to contain the explosive impacts of this unprecedented black swan event in modern days.  Arising from this interest rates has plummeted to abysmal levels yet again, leading to “cash is trash”. Against such backdrop, the interest rate of SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) program could be lucrative.

How does SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) work? In Singapore, investors can either lend their existing shares to brokerage firms or SGX. By lending out shares, they can earn interest fees. Conversely, investors can also borrow shares to do short-selling. In the course of doing so, you need to pay borrowing fees.

SBL

In this article, I will provide my insights on the pros and cons of lending shares to SGX Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) program. Something that needs to be highlighted is that this article will touch on only the lending program of SBL. As I am not into short-selling activities, the borrowing facility of the SBL is not covered in this article.

Disclaimer for this article: SGX did not …

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