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Singapore banks have good dividend visibility, but non-performing loans pose an increasing risk: Maybank

SINGAPORE (Sept 12): Singapore banks seem to be a cut above the rest in Asean, offering some of the highest dividends and ranking among the cheapest in price-to-equity (PE) terms, bolstered by strong balance sheets. 

But a recent report from Maybank Kim Eng which uses artificial intelligence, has revealed that the biggest threat to the appeal of Singapore banks appears to overseas lending – which accounts for 63% of incremental loan growth for Singapore banks. In turn, this affects the banks’ non-performing loan (NPL) figures. 

Design-led businesses outperform peers

SINGAPORE (May 27): Mark Wee, executive director of DesignSingapore Council, is all too familiar with the narrow definition of “design”. Asked what it is, the response from any given audience would typically be “fashion design” or “interior design”.

UOB is DBS's top pick while OCBC is cut to 'hold' on dividend policy overhang

SINGAPORE (June 25): DBS Group Research is retaining United Overseas Bank (UOB) as its top pick among Singapore banks while Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) has been downgraded to “hold” with a target price of $11.50.

DBS likes UOB for its high dividend yield of 4.7%, strong capital profile and least exposure to Greater China. However, OCBC’s dividend policy could continue to weigh on its share price performance while inorganic growth opportunities may encounter execution risks.

Design-led businesses outperform peers

SINGAPORE (May 27): Mark Wee, executive director of DesignSingapore Council, is all too familiar with the narrow definition of “design”. Asked what it is, the response from any given audience would typically be “fashion design” or “interior design”.

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UOB, OCBC to benefit from mortgage rate hikes this year, says DBS

SINGAPORE (Apr 2): DBS Vickers Securities is remaining bullish on Singapore’s banks as a dividend yield play, while highlighting rising mortgage rates as the sector’s bright spot amid higher cost of funds this year.  

In a Tuesday report, analyst Lim Rui Wen says UOB will benefiting from hikes in mortgage rates in 1Q19, as it was the first to increase it Singdollar fixed deposit rates during February this year.

According to UOB, its mortgages based on fixed deposit rates may grow up to 70 basis points.

Market valuations may be inexpensive but stay defensive: RHB

SINGAPORE (Jan 2): RHB Research prefers to stay selective and defensive amid growth uncertainties in 2019.

The Straits Times Index (STI), down 12% in USD terms, could remain under pressure this year amid slowing GDP growth and an uncertain trade outlook due to China-US tensions.

In a Wednesday report, analyst Shekhar Jaiswal says, “While 12.6x forward P/E and 4.2% dividend yield make the STI’s valuations look compelling, we recommend investors stay selective and focus on buying stocks offering stable earnings, strong balance sheets, and sustainable dividends.”

Singaporeans love their banks but remains wary of other asset managers, finds survey

SINGAPORE (Sept 20): While a majority of Singaporeans view the city state’s financial services sector as more trustworthy than a decade ago, many are cautious towards less familiar sub-industries and new & emerging digital financial services companies.

This is according to the inaugural 2018 Financial Services Reputation Index, launched today by MHP Communications and ORC International, which surveyed over 4,000 adults across China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore in August this year.

This 'interesting' 2Q earnings season could be UOB's chance to shine: DBS

SINGAPORE (July 19): DBS Vickers Securities expects an “interesting” 2Q18 earnings season with diverging trends across Singapore’s banks as they continue to spend on improving technology infrastructure, with some potential for slight upticks in personnel costs for salary revisions.

While the research house has rated both UOB and OCBC at “hold” with target prices of $28.30 and $12.20, respectively, it prefers the former as a more attractive dividend play on expectations of at least a 40-cent interim dividend to be declared for the quarter.

Overseas investors like Singapore banks and tech firm Venture: CGS-CIMB

SINGAPORE (June 11): CGS-CIMB Securities is reiterating a number of its top stock picks across various sectors following its recent marketing trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong.

There, the research house found that investors in indexed funds were generally “overweight” on Singapore banks and technology, mainly Venture Corp. The tech manufacturer is rated “add” by CGS-CIMB with a target price of $25.64, and valued at 15.4 times the 11-year average P/E.

Maybank positive on Singapore banks despite rising rates; UOB is its top pick

SINGAPORE (May 22): Maybank Kim Eng is remaining “positive” on Singapore’s banking sector in spite of rising fixed deposit (FD) rates as it continues to anticipate catalysts from NIM expansion, higher loan growth and fee income.

The research house’s top “buy” pick is UOB, which has a target price of $32.88, for its pricing discipline and dividend upside potential.

OCBC and DBS have been rated “buy” and “hold” at target prices of $14.60 and $30.80, respectively.

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