Singapore shares headed for biggest daily loss in three weeks

miércoles 26 de febrero de 2014 01:34 GYT
 

SINGAPORE Feb 26 (Reuters) - Singapore shares edged lower on Wednesday in tepid trading, on course for its biggest daily loss in three weeks, as uncertainty in China's policy moves gave the regional market little direction.

The benchmark Singapore Straits Times Index was down 0.4 percent to 3,091.43 by 0509 GMT, with volume just about half of its 90-day average daily turnover.

China shares were sluggish early on Wednesday as the yuan fell below the official fix for a second straight day, adding to jitters about possible policy changes at next week's annual parliamentary meetings.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.3 percent.

Among the worst performers on the Singapore index were DBS Group Holdings Ltd and United Overseas Bank Ltd , both of which fell more than 1 percent and were headed for their biggest daily decline in more than three weeks.

In other stocks, marine fuel trader Chemoil Energy Ltd jumped as much as 18 percent to a one-year high of S$0.4, after the company announced that a Glencore Xstrata Plc unit, which already owned 89 percent stake, planned to take the company private.

Palm oil producer First Resources Ltd slipped from a 12-week high of S$2.3 hit in the previous session after the company announced better-than-expected results, and was down 0.9 percent to S$2.23.