Singapore index hits more than one-month high

lunes 24 de febrero de 2014 23:58 GYT

SINGAPORE Feb 25 (Reuters) - Singapore shares inched up to a more than one-month high on Tuesday, in line with other regional markets following a rally in Wall Street amid optimism about merger activity.

The upbeat mood among investors in the United States and Europe offset concerns about China markets after talks of credit tightening on Monday.

The benchmark Straits Times index was up 0.2 percent at 3,110.13 by 0313 GMT, on track for its third day of gains. Trading volume was low at 0.3 times the average 30-day full-day volume. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.4 percent.

Commodity companies topped the index, with Wilmar International Ltd and Noble Group Ltd as the best two performers.

Shares of Wilmar rose as much as 1.8 percent to S$3.46, their highest since Dec. 10, 2013, while Noble rose as much as 1.5 percent to S$1.01, heading for its second day of gains.

Wilmar, the world's top palm oil processor with business interests in sugar, lauric oils and other commodities, was the third most traded stock by value.

Among other stocks, shares of Chinese shipbuilder COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Ltd plunged as much as 3.7 percent to S$0.68, their lowest since Sept. 4, 2013 after the company reported a 71 percent fall in 2013 full-year net profit at S$30.6 million ($24.19 million).

The stock was trading at almost 1.6 times its average 30-day full-day volume.

Maybank Kim Eng said COSCO faces dim prospects with its management flagging sustained margin pressures and operating challenges ahead.   Continuación...