Daily Morning Note – 13 December 2021

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Stock futures held steady in overnight trading Sunday after the S&P 500 notched its best week since February at a fresh record close, rebounding from a big sell-off triggered by fears of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 35 points higher. S&P 500 futures inched up 0.1% and Nasdaq 100 futures were flat. The overnight action followed a strong week on Wall Street as investors shrugged off a hot inflation reading. The blue-chip Dow gained 4% last week, breaking a four-week losing streak with its best weekly performance since March. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 3.8% and 3.6%, respectively, last week, both posting their best weekly performance since early February.


We are ceasing coverage of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd with immediate effect due to a reallocation of resources. The previous recommendation can no longer be relied upon.


There were 22 primary-listed stocks conducting share buybacks over the 5 sessions with a total consideration of S$61.0 million, down from the S$206.7 million for the preceding 5 sessions. CapitaLand Investment again led the consideration tally, paying an average price of S$3.35 per share. Secondary-listings Hongkong Land and Jardine Matheson Holdings also bought back shares during the period, with the latter announcing that it intends to increase the number of its share buybacks announced on Sep 30, 2021, by US$250 million, to now target returning up to US$500 million to its shareholders by Jun 30, 2022.

Digital Core Reit has an appraised portfolio value of US$1.4 billion that comprises 10 institutional quality data centres located in the United States and Canada, listed on SGX. The placement tranche was approximately 19.6 times subscribed while the public tranche was approximately 16.1 times subscribed. Under the placement tranche, Digital Core Reit DigiCore Reit USD: DCRU +3.6% Management independent non-executive director Tan Jeh Wuan was allotted 300,000 units at US$0.88 per unit.

Frencken Group chairman and non-executive non-independent director Gooi Soon Chai acquired 100,000 shares of the listed company for a consideration of S$206,000. This took his total interest in the high-tech capital and consumer equipment service provider from 23.38 per cent to 23.40 per cent.

Fortress Minerals non-executive and non-independent director Teh Lip Kim acquired 300,000 shares of the Catalist-listed company at an average price of 38.5 cents per share. With consideration of S$115,500, this increased Teh’s direct interest in the explorer, miner, producer, and seller of iron ore concentrate from 0.14 per cent to 0.20 per cent. This followed her acquisition of 300,000 shares at an average price of 38.0 cents per share between Nov 30 and Dec 1. Teh also maintains a 33.29 per cent deemed interest in Fortress Minerals which takes her total interest to 33.49 per cent.


Six stocks, including Airbnb and Lucid Group, will be added to the Nasdaq 100 index as part of its annual reconstitution, which adjusts the tech benchmark’s membership for changes in market capitalisation. Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler and Datadog will also be added to the index. CDW, Fox, Cerner, Check Point Software Technologies, Trip.com Group, and Incyte will be removed from the Nasdaq 100 to make room for the new additions. All changes are effective as of the close on Dec 17, the same day as the rebalancing of the S&P 500 Index takes effect.

More powerful, destructive, and deadlier storms will be the “new normal” as the effects of climate change take root, the top US emergency management official said Sunday after massive tornadoes ravaged six states. Meteorologists and other scientists have long warned of the growing intensity of weather events like storms, fires and flooding. But the crisis hit home in a terrifying way overnight on Friday into Saturday when more than two dozen twisters raked across large swaths of the American heartland, leaving more than 90 people dead, dozens missing and communities in ruin.

The Biden administration in the US will seek to bolster economic and security cooperation with Southeast Asia through a visit to the region next week by its top diplomat, as it works to forge a united front against China in the Indo-Pacific. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Monday (Dec 13) and will also visit Malaysia and Thailand on his first Southeast Asia trip since President Joe Biden took office in January.

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

Microsoft Corp – Winning the global enterprise on cloud and security

Recommendation: BUY (Initiation); TP: US$405.00
Last Done: US$342.54; Analyst: Timothy Ang
– Microsoft’s cloud business, Azure, has doubled its market share, leveraging on the installed base of 72% of global enterprise servers with attractive pricing.

– Cybersecurity demand is accelerating upgrades to MSFT’s higher-end licenses, helping sustain historically high operating margins above 40%.

– Core productivity software user base still growing in the teens, reaching 300mn in FY21. A further boost is recent price increases starting in March 2022. We initiate coverage with a BUY recommendation and DCF-based target price (WACC 6.2%) of US$405.

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