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What to buy (and avoid) as the market grinds towards a recovery

SINGAPORE (March 9): The basket of shares under Maybank Kim Eng’s coverage for the quarter ending December 2016 performed poorly, but the brokerage believes selective stock-picking can still yield decent returns this year.

In a Thursday report, analyst Neel Sinha says revenues for stocks under Maybank’s coverage fell for the fifth straight quarter by 2%, EBITDA fell  8% while core profit fell 7%. Overall margins were also down both y-o-y and q-o-q especially with banks and telcos adding to the bleak outlook.

Here are the 2 biggest external risks to Singapore for 2017

SINGAPORE (Dec 13): Maybank Kim Eng foresees a tough year ahead for Singapore amid weak global growth and challenges buffeting its key financial services, property and energy-related sectors.

In a Tuesday report, Maybank analyst Neel Sinha has forecast a 1.8% gross domestic product growth for 2017, which is on the lower end of the 1% to 3% range forecast by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

As it stands, retail sales have been hit by poor consumer sentiment and a slowdown in tourism growth. Fortunately, domestic liquidity remains healthy and unemployment is also low.

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