March 20, 2012 / 3:27 AM / 5 years ago

STOCKS NEWS ASEAN-Kim Eng sees Singapore Air load factor bottoming

Maybank Kim Eng said latest monthly data from Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) indicated that load factors might have bottomed, although stubbornly high fuel prices would hurt the company's earnings.

"On balance, the ongoing operating data shows that both passenger and cargo load factors seem to be bottoming out, which supports our view for a recovery. However, this is not expected to lead an earnings recovery until an anticipated inflection point from fiscal year March 2014 onwards," the broker said.

It maintained its buy rating on SIA and a target price of S$14.40 versus Tuesday's price of S$10.96. Kim Eng is among five brokers with a buy or strong buy rating out of 23 analysts covering the stock.

Kim Eng said high jet fuel prices were still a major drag on SIA's earnings. "While we do not anticipate a further sharp spike, the current price level still poses a significant threat to profitability," it said.

It cut SIA's earnings forecast by 25 percent for the year ending March 2013 after raising its estimate for jet fuel prices to $135 a barrel from $128.

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1110 (0310 GMT)

(Reporting by Harry Suhartono in Singapore)

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09:59 STOCKS NEWS ASEAN-OCBC upgrades Singapore's Roxy Pacific to buy

OCBC Investment Research raised its rating on Singapore property firm Roxy Pacific Holdings Ltd to buy from hold, citing the company's strong sales last month.

It raised its price target on Roxy S$0.62 from S$0.45.

"At the current juncture, we judge that Roxy now warrants a lower restated net asset value discount at 30 percent, versus 40 percent previously, due to its more favorable risk profile," the brokerage said.

Roxy's shares were up 0.9 percent at a record S$0.56. The stock has gained 42 percent so far this year.

"From our discussions with Roxy, we also understand that it is currently seeking to add to its hotel portfolio going forward, which we believe reflect management's propensity to seek out high-return risk-adjusted opportunities through changing property cycles," OCBC said.

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0930 (0130 GMT)

(Reporting by Mark Tay in Singapore)

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09:34 STOCKS NEWS ASEAN-Singapore industrial REITs to see firm earnings

Singapore's industrial real estate investment trusts (REITs) are set to report healthy year-on-year growth in distributable incomes for the three months ended March, OCBC Investment Research said.

Their financial results will be driven by completion of acquisitions, firm occupancy rates and potentially positive rental reversions, the broker said in a report.

OCBC maintained its overweight rating on the industrial REIT sector, with Cache Logistics Trust as its preferred pick, given its attractive distribution per unit yield of 8.5 percent for 2012.

It expects AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT, Ascendas REIT, Mapletree Industrial Trust and Mapletree Logistics Trust to see revaluation gains.

0915 (0115 GMT)

(Reporting by Charmian Kok in Singapore)

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08:46 STOCKS NEWS ASEAN-Singapore index futures higher

Singapore MSCI March futures rose 0.6 percent on Tuesday, indicating the benchmark Straits Times Index is likely to head for a higher start.

Asian shares were steady, with the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index up 0.07 percent as investors sought further evidence of U.S. economic recovery before pushing higher.

0842 (0042 GMT)

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