Daily Morning Note – 12 April 2021


Asian stocks look poised for a steady start Monday after a third straight weekly Wall Street advance, with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell flagging the prospect of stronger growth and hiring. The dollar ticked up.

Futures in Japan and Hong Kong were in the green and Australian contracts climbed. U.S. equity futures dipped in early trading. The S&P 500 Index closed above 4,100 Friday as investors braced for earnings reports this week.



Kenneth Low Si Ren, an executive director of Allied Technologies, was called in by the Commercial Affairs Department on Wednesday and released on a bail bond the same day, the Catalist-listed company disclosed in a bourse filing on Friday night. According to Mr Low, no formal charges have been filed, the company said. The board has not been provided with further details.

Troubled oil and gas group KrisEnergy has received a requisition notice from two shareholders to convene an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), over concerns about the restructuring of the mainboard-listed company. The shareholders are Ng Kay Yip and Serle Investments, who said that they hold 21.13 per cent of KrisEnergy’s shares, the company revealed in a Saturday bourse filing. Serle is represented by Michael Yeoh Sock Siong.

Multi-label retailer Naiise may wind up, after years of payment delays to its vendors. It said on Friday (April 9) that it is closing its last store at Jewel Changi Airport. “A tenant has been found to take over the space and this will be shared when the store is ready to open,” its spokesman said


Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy artificial intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communications at about US$16 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter. The price being discussed could value Nuance at about US$56 a share, the source said, adding that an agreement could be announced as soon as Monday.

A senior Apple executive has agreed to testify before the US Senate on competition issues related to mobile app stores, days after panel leaders criticised the company for refusing to appear. The company said in a letter sent to senators, seen by Reuters, that chief compliance officer Kyle Andeer will be available to testify at an April 21 hearing held by part of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The US economy is at an “inflection point” with expectations that growth and hiring will pick up speed in the months ahead, but some risks remain, particularly any resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said. In a brief preview of a longer interview with CBS’ news magazine program “60 Minutes” set to air in full on Sunday night, Mr Powell echoed both his recent optimism about the economy and a now-familiar warning that Covid-19 remains the main risk.

Source: SGX Masnet, The Business Times, Bloomberg, Channel NewsAsia, Reuters, PSR


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