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Reits sold down as investors fret over challenges facing landlords
Rachel Mui - REAL estate investment trusts took a tumble on Thursday, with retail Reits bearing the brunt of the selling after the government announced it will legislate to ensure that landlords pass on in full property tax rebates to their tenants.
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Central banks' rate cuts cascade down to Singapore banks' key deposit accounts
Kelly Ng - SINGAPORE banks this week slashed several rates on their flagship deposit accounts, reflecting the weaker rate environment globally.
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Singapore SMEs' business optimism hits lowest since 2009: Poll
Rachel Chia - SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, are nursing the lowest levels of business optimism since 2009.
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MICE players call for higher wage offsets
Leila Lai - COMPANIES in the meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry have queried their exclusion from the highest tier of a key support measure in the Resilience Budget.
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Time to give Singapore's fair tenancy framework legislative bite
Mindy Tan - FIVE years after a committee under the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) came up with guidelines aimed at halting unfair leasing practices and months after we first heard of Covid-19, which then was known under a different name, concrete steps are finally being taken to right the perceived imbala ...
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New laws to compel landlords to pass on property tax rebate
Lynette Tan - BUSINESSES on Thursday hailed a newly proposed legislation that will ensure non-residential landlords pass on property tax rebates in full to all tenants, with some saying it's long overdue.
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STI claws back early losses to end higher
Navin Sregantan - SINGAPORE'S Straits Times Index (STI) had a strong finish on Thursday, even as investors grapple with a rising rate of Covid-19 infections in the West and the growing sense that the worst is now over for Asia.
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Betting on the market's daily ups and downs
Angela Tan - WIDER uncertainty in capital markets, a result of Covid-19, has brought to the fore some investment tools that local traders are using to bet on intraday or short-term moves.
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Red hot demand forces RedMart to suspend new orders, Specialty Stores marketplace
Sharanya Pillai - ONLINE grocer RedMart has freezed new orders up till Saturday, while also suspending its RedMart Specialty Stores (RSS) online marketplace from Thursday, amid a demand surge triggered by the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Food, grocery delivery startups struggle with order deluge
Sharanya Pillai - THE Covid-19 outbreak has sent demand for grocery and food delivery services spiking, testing the resilience of their logistics capabilities. The pressure could spur these players to strengthen their systems, but there is a risk of ending up with excess capacity once the outbreak is over, say indus ...
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Index DLCs on SGX see higher activity in March
Angela Tan - SINGAPORE Exchange (SGX) saw March turnover for its daily leverage certificates (DLCs) triple year-on-year ago as traders used the financial instruments to hedge investment portfolios and capture short-term market trends.
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Trendlines sells ApiFix stake in its largest exit since IPO
Vivienne Tay - CATALIST-LISTED startup incubator The Trendlines Group has sold its 18.62 per cent stake in ApiFix, a scoliosis treatment company, to Nasdaq-listed OrthoPediatrics.
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Deeper pay and fee cuts for SIAEC management, directors
Fiona Lam - THE management of SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) is taking a deeper pay cut than previously announced, while the directors have also volunteered a larger reduction in their fees.
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Golden Energy unit makes 2nd attempt to take over Stanmore Coal
Rachel Mui - MAINBOARD-LISTED Golden Energy and Resources (Gear) is making a second attempt at taking over Australia-listed Stanmore Coal, after its previous offer was rebuffed by shareholders of the coking-coal company.
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US weekly jobless claims hit record once again
Claudia Tan - WASHINGTON: The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits last week shot to a record high for a second week in a row, topping six million as more jurisdictions enforced stay-at-home measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which economists say has pushed the economy into ...
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Wall Street ends with mild gains, Dow up 2.3%
Claudia Tan - NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks posted mild gains on Thursday (Apr 2) despite data showing another 6.65 million workers filed for jobless benefit claims last week as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to shut nationwide. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 469.94 points (2.24 ...
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In coronavirus fight, oft-criticized Facebook data aids US cities, states
Claudia Tan - Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook Inc mobile location data to provide daily updates to U.S. cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders aimed at slowing the novel coronavirus.
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FCC proposes to fine TracFone Wireless US$6 million for subsidy violations
Claudia Tan - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed to fine TracFone Wireless US$6 million for allegedly violating its rules governing the subsidy program for telecommunications services for low income users.
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Oil jump lifts Wall St as jobless claims data surges
Wall Street bounced on Thursday as hopes of a truce between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut oil output drove a record 22per cent surge in prices, outweighing the shock of over 6 million Americans filing for jobless claims due to virus-led lockdowns.
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US SEC delays ruling on controversial NYSE high-speed data plan
Claudia Tan - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it needs more time to decide whether to allow a plan by the New York Stock Exchange to offer a new high-speed wireless connection to the exchange that some brokers have blasted as anti-competitive.
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Bed Bath sues 1-800-Flowers for trying to renege on deal over COVID-19
Claudia Tan - Bed Bath & Beyond Inc has asked a judge to hold 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc to a US$252 million deal between the companies in what appears to one of the first examples of a corporate sale coming unraveled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Instacart to distribute coronavirus safety kits after workers' strike
Claudia Tan - U.S. online grocery delivery company Instacart said on Thursday it will distribute free health and safety kits to full-service shoppers, days after its workers went on strike to call attention to safety and wage concerns over the coronavirus crisis.
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General Motors, Honda to jointly develop two new electric vehicles
General Motors and Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Thursday the companies would jointly develop two new electric vehicles for Honda.
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Tesla misses estimates for quarterly deliveries
Claudia Tan - Tesla Inc on Thursday fell short of Wall Street estimates for first-quarter vehicle deliveries, due to the production disruptions and shutdowns caused worldwide by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Exclusive: Trump does not plan to ask US oil producers for coordinated cuts - official
The United States does not know formal details of Saudi Arabian and Russian plans to reduce oil supply yet and will not ask U.S. domestic oil producers to chip in with their own cuts, a senior administration official told Reuters on Thursday.
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US unemployment to shoot up while GDP declines in second quarter: congressional estimators
Claudia Tan - The U.S. unemployment rate will shoot past 10per cent in the second quarter and the growth rate of gross domestic product will decline by more than 7per cent as the coronavirus crisis grips the U.S. economy, according to projections released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Thursday.
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Wall Street gains on oil surge, but off early highs
Claudia Tan - Wall Street bounced on Thursday as hopes of a truce between Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut oil output drove a record 22per cent surge in prices, outweighing the shock of over 6 million Americans filing for jobless claims due to virus-led lockdowns.
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US Air Force recommends paying Boeing up to US$924 million: sources
Claudia Tan - The U.S. Air Force has recommended the release of up to US$924 million in payments to Boeing that were held back due to flaws in KC-46 air refueling tanker, according to memo seen by Reuters and a source familiar with the situation.
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Coronavirus punishes Warren Buffett's equity holdings
The coronavirus pandemic may have erased around US$64 billion of value from Warren Buffett's equity portfolio at Berkshire Hathaway Inc , setting up the conglomerate for one of the largest quarterly losses ever by an American company.
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US financial industry asking SEC to delay broker disclosure rule, citing coronavirus: sources
Claudia Tan - The financial industry wants the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to hold off on parts of a new rule requiring brokers to disclose potential conflicts of interest, citing disruptions caused by the coronavirus, four people with knowledge of the discussions said.
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Oil crash poses severe test for OPEC+ after Moscow, Riyadh miscalculate
Claudia Tan - U.S. President Donald Trump says he has brokered a deal with Saudi Arabia and Russia that would see sweeping oil output cuts. Riyadh has called for emergency talks, and Moscow has said it no longer plans to hike production in a battle for market share.
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GE to furlough 50per cent of US engine assembly, component manufacturing ops staff
Claudia Tan - General Electric Co said of Thursday it would temporarily lay off about half of its workers in U.S. engine assembly and component manufacturing operations.
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World Bank approves initial US$1.9b in emergency funds for pandemic response
Claudia Tan - WASHINGTON: The World Bank on Thursday (Apr 2) said its board of executive directors approved an initial US$1.9 billion (£1.53 billion) in emergency funds for coronavirus response operations in 25 countries, and said it was moving quickly on projects in 40 others. In addition, the World Bank said . ...
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Yield-thirsty investors eye stock dividends as virus fears shrink bond payouts
Claudia Tan - Battered S&P 500 stocks may get fresh interest from investors turning to dividends in a world of shrinking bond yields.
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Facebook launches fact-checking service on WhatsApp in Italy
Claudia Tan - MILAN: Facebook Inc. launched a service in Italy to check the accuracy of information on coronavirus circulating on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the US tech firm said on Thursday (Apr 2). In a fresh attempt to fight manipulated content, Facebook said it was working with local fact checking ...
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US small business bailout starts Friday. Is the government ready?
Claudia Tan - Chris Hurn, founder of Fountainhead Commercial Capital, has received 7,400 small business loan requests in the past two weeks, more than his business has handled in its five years of existence.






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