Daily Morning Note – 22 April 2020


U.S. stock futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Wednesday, following recent weakness in markets aggravated by oil’s massive decline.

Dow futures rose 40 points, indicating a gain of about 0.3% at the open. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were also slated to open higher, with gains of 0.3% and 0.6%, respectively. The West Texas Intermediate contract for June delivery rebounded in evening trading, popping 15% to above $13 a barrel.


UNITED Overseas Bank (UOB) on Tuesday evening announced that it will offer pre-approved loans of up to S$200,000 to ease the short-term liquidity woes of small businesses hit by the novel coronavirus fallout.

THE manager of Keppel DC Reit on Tuesday said that it expects demand for its service to hold up in the Covid-19 pandemic as data centres support mission-critical operations.

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) on Tuesday reported higher bookings year-on-year for its purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) properties in the UK at around 60 per cent.

SEMBCORP Marine (SembMarine) has received a government order to stop all onsite work with effect from Tuesday, until May 4 or the end of the “circuit-breaker” period. The stop-work order follows the steep rise in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases among workers in dormitories.

KEPPEL Pacific Oak US Reit (KORE) on Monday posted a 16.1 per cent increase in its distributable income to US$14.4 million for the first quarter this year, up from US$12.4 million a year ago.

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


UMS Holdings Ltd

Recommended Action: Technical SELL

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Singapore Banking Note – Impact of Hin Leong Trading default

Analyst: Tay Wee Kuang
– Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd. (HLT) filed for bankruptcy on 17 April after it was discovered the company failed to report US$800mn worth of losses arising from derivatives trading.

– HLT has a total of more than US$3.6bn in secured debt owed to 23 different lenders with only US$700mn in assets.

– Local lenders DBS, OCBC and UOB each has exposure of US$290mn, US$240mn and US$140mn to HLT respectively.

– Earnings of local banks will be impacted by up to 7% as a result of additional provisioning.

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