Smart Reads of the Week: Markets Remain Bullish as Singapore Readies for the Year of the Ox

2021-02-05     thesmartinvestor
Smart Reads of the Week: Markets Remain Bullish as Singapore Readies for the Year of the Ox

Earnings season is now in full swing as we head into February.

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, investors have to juggle between upcoming festivities and keeping an eye on the health of the businesses they own.

The earnings report cards have been mixed thus far.

On one hand, businesses that have performed admirably through the crisis are continuing to do so.

Glove companies such as UG Healthcare Limited (SGX: 8K7) are reporting sharply higher revenue and earnings on the back of surging demand for healthcare gloves.

And data centre specialist Keppel DC REIT (SGX: AJBU) has continued to churn out stronger financial numbers as data usage explodes upwards.

On the other hand, companies that have been adversely impacted by the crisis are still trying to cope the best they can.

Blue-chip companies Singapore Post Limited (SGX: S08) reported a 38% year on year fall in operating profit while Singapore Airlines Limited (SGX: C6L) announced a S$142 million net loss for its fiscal 2021’s third quarter.

The good news is that both companies are actively pivoting their businesses and adapting to what the crisis has thrown at them.

And if their transformation works, they should eventually emerge stronger.

Here’s a list of our top articles for the week.

1. 2 Shares That Could Give You a Big Dividend Ang Pow for the Bull Year

We profile two companies that could hand investors a big bonanza dividend this year.

2. 2 Homegrown Companies That Are Growing Rapidly

If you thought growth was the domain of overseas companies, think again. Here are two local companies that are displaying rapid growth.

3. 3 US Companies Primed for Growth for the Next Decade

These three American companies have what it takes to grow over the next 10 years.

4. 5 REITs With Dividend Yields Higher Than 4.8%

Looking for REITs with good dividend yields? Here are five that offer yields higher than 4.8%.

5. Is a Recovery in Sight for Singapore Airlines?

With Singapore Airlines still recording a net loss for its recent quarter, is a tentative recovery in sight for the company?

6. 3 Interesting Facts About Mapletree Commercial Trust’s Latest Business Update

Mapletree Commercial Trust (SGX: N2IU) recently released its fiscal 2021 third-quarter business update. Here are three things investors should take note of.

7. Keppel Corporation Exits Its Offshore and Marine Division: 3 Things Investors Should Know

Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX: BN4) shocked the market when it announced its impending exit from the offshore and marine business. Here are three things you should know about this development.

8. Mapletree Logistics Trust’s Latest Earnings: 4 Key Points To Note

We highlight four interesting aspects of Mapletree Logistics Trust’s (SGX: M44U) latest business update.

9. Asia Has Many Faces: Businesses Will Have to Adapt

Asia is a diverse melting pot of cultures, making it a challenge for companies that want to tap on its burgeoning growth. To remain effective in reaching these groups, it’s therefore imperative that businesses adapt their methods.

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