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Thu, Nov. 24, 3:37 AM
- Singapore lowered its forecasts on economic growth and exports for 2016 after confirming a contraction in output in the third quarter.
- The trade-reliant economy is now expected to grow 1%-1.5% this year, compared with the previous projection of 1%-2%, while non-oil domestic exports are seen falling 5%-5.5% vs. a previous forecast of a 3%-4% contraction.
- GDP growth shrank 2% in the July-September period from the previous three months on an annualized and seasonally adjusted basis.
- ETFs: EWS, SGF, EWSS, FXSG
Tue, Nov. 22, 3:25 AM
- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has released a video laying out actions he will take on his first day in office, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a key achievement of the Obama administration.
- Trump also said he would issue a rule cutting government regulations, investigate abuses of visa programs, and cancel some restrictions on energy production, including shale oil, gas and coal.
- ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, EWW, VNM, EWA, EWC, EWS, MXF, CH, EWM, ECH, EPU, IAF, DBJP, ENZL, SGF, AUSE, EWSS, JPNL, MXE, EZJ, JEQ, EWV, CNDA, HEWJ, KROO, JPXN, UMX, EWCS, DBMX, EWAS, SMK, FCAN, FAUS, QCAN, FJP, QAUS, JPN, QMEX, HGJP, HAUD, HFXJ, HJPX, DBAU, HEWW, DEWJ, FXJP, GSJY, HEWC, JPNH
Wed, Oct. 12, 4:45 AM
- Asian markets fell again today as investors stayed edgy after a disappointing start to the U.S earnings season and fears of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.
- Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was down 1.1% and the Shanghai Composite tracked 0.5% lower. South Korea's Kospi managed a 0.1% gain, despite a 1% decline in Samsung (OTC:SSNLF, OTC:SSNNF). The bruised electronics multinational accounts for about 18% of the Kospi.
- ETFs: FXI, DXJ, EWJ, TUR, VNM, EPI, ASHR, EWA, EWY, INDY, EWS, YINN, EWH, CAF, THD, EPHE, SCIF, FXP, IDX, YANG, KWEB, EIDO, EWM, INDA, PGJ, GXC, INDL, EWT, PIN, HAO, IAF, EPP, CQQQ, INP, VPL, INXX, MCHI, PEK, IIF, IAE, CHN, CHIQ, CHIX, TAO, QQQC, INCO, DBJP, AAXJ, DFJ, TDF, ENZL, AIA, TTF, SCIN, IF, SMIN, TKF, XPP, ASEA, ASHS, CNXT, SGF, AUSE, KF, YXI, CHAU, IDXJ, JOF, YAO, CN, EWSS, FCA, JPNL, APB, DXJS, EZJ, JEQ, EWV, GCH, CHAD, HEWJ, ECNS, CXSE, CHII, KEF, GRR, PAK, SCJ, CHIM, KBA, CHIE, KROO, AXJL, TWN, EWHS, APF, JPXN, JFC, DVYA, FCHI, KFYP, KORU, AFTY, ADRA, DXKW, EWAS, DBKO, FHK, DXJH, FAUS, FTW, PAF, FKO, JHDG, QJPN, DXJF, JPMV, FJP, DBAP, QAUS, OASI, DXJR, DXJT, FPA, AXJS, IPAC, QKOR, AXJV, JPN, DXJC, HAHA, HGJP, ASHX, CNHX, JDG, OAPH, QTWN, XINA, HAUD, HFXJ, HJPX, DBAU, CNYA, DDJP, DEWJ, FXJP, GSJY, HEWY, JPNH, KOR, RFAP.
Tue, Sep. 6, 5:20 AM
- Singapore's central bank chief said there were early indications that a Zika outbreak in the city state could have a small impact on the economy, but it was too early to asses the impact of the virus on the financial and transit hub.
- In just one week, the number of locally-transmitted Zika cases has gone from zero to 242, raising concerns about a potential rapid surge in cases across Asia.
- ETFs: EWS, SGF, EWSS, FXSG
Tue, Aug. 30, 5:07 AM
- Countries including the U.K., Australia and Taiwan have issued travel advisories for tourists to Singapore after the city-state announced a further increase in Zika cases.
- Singapore's Ministry of Health confirmed 15 more people with locally-transmitted Zika, bringing the total number affected to 56.
- "We expect to identify more positive cases," the official statement said.
- ETFs: EWS, SGF, EWSS
Sun, Aug. 28, 12:52 PM
- Singapore authorities have identified 41 Zika cases that were transmitted locally, and warned that they expect to find more.
- The cases appear to be the largest single beachhead the virus has made in Asia in the current epidemic, which has also been detected in countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines.
- On Thursday, China added the U.S. to a list of Zika-infected countries, worrying U.S. exporters, who fear they will be required to fumigate containers destined for Chinese ports.
- Related tickers: SNY, ABT, INO, AEMD, XON, CEMI, BCRX, TMO, OTCQB:GOVX, OSUR
Thu, Jul. 14, 4:11 AM
- A rebound in manufacturing and services helped Singapore's economy grow in Q2 by the most in five quarters.
- GDP expanded by 2.2% Y/Y in the three months to June 30, up from the upwardly revised 2.1% pace in the first quarter.
- The figure was enough to blow out the Singapore Exchange. Not really, but equities trading was halted for most of the day due to a series of technical glitches.
- ETFs: EWS, SGF, EWSS
May 7, 2015, 4:46 AM
- The International Monetary Fund warns the balance of risk in the Asia-Pacific region is tilted toward the downside due to rising debts and a stronger U.S. dollar.
- Although Asia is still seen as a global growth leader, the agency sees a slowing trend.
- The region is forecast to have a growth rate of 5.6% in 2015 and 5.5% in 2016, according to the new IMF survey.
- Positive factors for Asia in the near future include moderating commodity prices, strong labor markets, and solid demand from the U.S. and Europe.
- ETFs: FXI, DXJ, EWJ, TUR, VNM, EPI, EWA, EWY, INDY, EWS, ASHR, THD, EWH, SCIF, EPHE, CAF, IDX, YINN, KWEB, PGJ, EIDO, GXC, EWM, FXP, EWT, INDL, PIN, INDA, HAO, INP, EPP, INXX, YANG, VPL, TAO, CHIX, PEK, CHIQ, CQQQ, DFJ, MCHI, AAXJ, INCO, QQQC, DBJP, SCIN, ENZL, NKY, AIA, ASEA, SMIN, XPP, AUSE, EWSS, YAO, IDXJ, EZJ, JPNL, DXJS, EWV, ASHS, YXI, CN, CHXF, FCA, CHNA, CNXT, AZIA, CHII, CHIE, ECNS, KROO, SCJ, EWHS, AXJL, DVYA, CHIM, HEWJ, JSC, ITF, KBA, KFYP, KORU, JPP, FCHI, ADRA, DXKW, FKO, HKOR, EWAS, FTW, PAF, FHK, FAUS, DBKO, QJPN, FPA, JPX, FJP, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJC, QKOR, AXJS, DXJH, QAUS, JHDG, AFTY, UXJ, DBAP, AXJV, IPAC, QTWN, DXJF, PAK
Mar. 23, 2015, 2:56 AM
- Singapore has declared a week-long period of national mourning following the death of its first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed the country from a colonial trading center into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations. He was 91.
- Lee’s core principles - including clean and efficient government, business-friendly economic policies, and social order - helped attract massive investment and many of the world’s largest companies to Singapore during the 31 years he was prime minister between 1959 and 1990.
- ETFs: EWS, EWSS
Jan. 24, 2014, 8:16 AM
- The iShares Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) is off 1.3% in the premarket as investors rush out of emerging currencies. The Turkish lira plunged to a record low today, while Ukraine's hryvnia fell to a four-year low, and South Africa's Rand dove to its weakest since October 2008 following Argentina's decision to devalue the peso and a weak PMI report out of China yesterday.
- “We continue to see the risks surrounding China’s macro trajectory as having a negative impact on EM,” says Morgan Stanley's Rashique Rahman. “As capital costs rise and investment slows, commodity prices should come under pressure, boding poorly for economies linked to China’s old growth model.”
- In Russia, the ruble has declined to an all-time low vs. the euro.
- Of Turkey from Rareview Macro's Neil Azous: "Their net foreign-exchange reserves are dwindling pretty fast. They’re definitely in the danger zone. If you’re a money manager, the responsible action is to take some measures to reduce risk.”
- Emerging market ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, EEV, BIK, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, BBRC, EEMS, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, EMCR, DBEM, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMLB, EMBB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMFT, EMDR, QEM, QDEM
- Relevant country ETFs: TUR, EWS, EZA, ARGT, EWSS, FXSG
Dec. 23, 2013, 10:03 AM
- Thai shares (THD, TF, TTF) slide 1.2% in Bangkok as political turmoil intensifies.
- Protestors have taken recently to surrounding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s home and are now attempting to disrupt new elections.
- Amid the strife, the baht hit its lowest level in nearly four years — Thai shares have seen foreign outflows "for nearly every session since November," Reuters notes.
- Other Southeast Asian markets are quiet. Shares in Singapore (EWS, EWSS) are up 0.7%.
Nov. 14, 2013, 9:52 AM
- Dovish commentary from Janet Yellen gives Southeast Asian markets a boost, as investors likely believe the continuation of ultra accommodative Fed policy will stem and/or prevent emerging market capital outflows.
- Across the region: SET (THD, TTF, TF) +0.8%, JCI (IDX, IDXJ, EIDO) +1.5%, Straits Times (EWS, EWSS) +0.8%.
- Not participating in the rally are Philippine shares (EPHE), which are up just 0.1% as the country continues to reel from damage inflicted by Typhoon Haiyan.
Nov. 8, 2013, 9:38 AM
- Thai stocks (THD, TF, TTF) fall for a second day as investors nervously eye the senate, which is set to debate a controversial amnesty bill. The SET is off 1.4% in Bangkok.
- Also lower are Philippine shares (EPHE), as the PSEi slides 1.3% to a five-week low.
- Elsewhere: The Straits Times (EWS, EWSS) falls -0.8%.
Oct. 31, 2013, 10:37 AM
- Indonesian shares (IDX, IDXJ, EIDO) fall 1.4% to two-week lows, in a move attributed to underwhelming quarterly earnings. Nevertheless, the JCI closes out the month with a solid gain of nearly 5%.
- Other regional shares are weaker as well, with Singapore (EWS, EWSS) and Malaysia (EWM) off by more than 0.5% — in the absence of an identifiable catalyst, the underperformance is (of course) blamed on U.S. monetary policy being "less dovish than anticipated."
- Meanwhile, Thai shares (THD, TF, TTF) rebound, rising 0.8% after falling 1.7% on Wednesday.
Oct. 17, 2013, 9:18 AM
- Not surprisingly, Southeast Asian shares are moderately stronger on the heels of the debt deal in Washington. Regional stocks are higher across the board, although some markets trimmed gains after the midday break.
- Across the region: Philippines (EPHE) +1.2% as the PSEi hits a four-week high; Indonesia (IDX, IDXJ, EIDO) +0.6%, Singapore (EWS, EWSS), Thailand (THD, TF, TTF) +0.3%, Malaysia (EWM) +0.3%
Oct. 11, 2013, 9:35 AM
- Southeast Asian markets are higher across the board on optimism regarding the U.S. political stalemate.
- Shares in Thailand (THD, TF, TTF), Indonesia (IDX, IDXJ, EIDO), The Philippines (EPHE), Singapore (EWS, EWSS), and Malaysia (EWM) rise 0.4%, 0.75%, 0.8%, 0.3%, and 0.55% respectively.
- Virtually all indices are sitting at multi-week highs.
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