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17 hot stock picks following a season of strong 2Q gains

SINGAPORE (Aug 17): UOB Kay Hian has upgraded its FTSE Straits Times Index (FSSTI) target forecasts up to 3,410 from 3,250 previously on “pockets of solid outperformances”  in the 2Q17 financial reporting season, which concluded this week.  

In a Thursday report, analyst Andrew Chow recaps on what he calls an encouraging 2Q17 reporting season, which saw 28% of companies reporting results that exceeded UOB’s expectations versus 24% in the previous quarter – with the beats concentrated on banks and technology/exporters.

REITs and developers to ‘buy’ on improving economic fundamentals

SINGAPORE (March 17): As global economic fundamentals begin to improve, DBS Vickers Securities is expecting prices to be supported for Singapore REITs (S-REITs) in the near term given earlier fears that the Fed would be more hawkish.

Noting that the Fed guidance in keeping a gradual pace of two more hikes this year is in line with its expectations, DBS sees better gross domestic product (GDP) growth prospects for Singapore.

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SINGAPORE (Aug 18): UOB Kay Hian further cut its 2016F market EPS growth estimates to –8.1% from –2.4% after what it calls “another quarter to forget” of disappointing results under the research house’s coverage climbed up to 37% in 2Q from 34% in the first quarter.

“Other than resilient sectors such as healthcare, land transport and S-REITs, most sectors suffered declines in turnover,” recalls analyst Andrew Chow in a Thursday report.

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