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12 SG Stocks that Saw Surge In Trading Activity in 2020


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04 January 2021

  • Of Singapore’s 50 most traded stocks in 2020, 12 stocks saw their 2020 trading activity more than double from 2019 levels. The 12 stocks generated median total returns of 23% in 2020, with nine gainers, and Singapore Airlines, SATS and CapitaLand Retail China Trust the three decliners.

  • Just as the sequential economic rebound within 2020 was uneven across industries, stocks less impacted by the social and economic measures to contain the COVID-19 outpaced stock benchmarks. The 12 stocks included UG Healthcare and Medtecs International which both generated exponential returns over the year.

  • Top Glove, Riverstone, Keppel DC REIT, Sheng Siong, Wilmar International, Mapletree Industrial Trust and UMS Holdings were also among the 12 stocks, with the 7 all generating positive returns in 2020, and representing some of the most defensive industries of the year – medical supplies, data centres, semiconductors and consumer staples.




Over the second half of 2020, the number of global COVID-19 infections grew eightfold, while prevalent testing and treatments saw the mortality rate decline from 4.9% to 2.2%. Global growth is estimated to have declined by 4.4% in 2020, with advance estimates seeing a similar 5.8% decline in Singapore.

Advance estimates released this morning have the Singapore manufacturing sector growing 7.1% in 2020, and the URA private property price index rising 2.2% for the year. Tonight the SIPMM PMI for December (Nov: 50.4) is expected to show a sixth month of expansion for Singapore’s overall manufacturing sector. While the pandemic, containment measures and vaccine development were the overarching market drivers in 2020 and are expected to remain so in 2021, global growth is expected to turnaround to 5.2% in 2021, with Singapore similarly expected to grow between 4.0% and 6.0%.

This more optimistic outlook has been built into the share prices, particularly during the final quarter of 2020. The Straits Times Index (STI) generated an 8.1% decline in 2020, after generating a 9.4% total return in 2019. Just as the sequential economic rebound within 2020 was uneven across industries, stocks less impacted by the social and economic measures to contain COVID-19 outpaced the benchmarks. At the same time, stocks less impacted and more impacted by COVID-19 saw remarkable increases in trading activity.

Of Singapore’s 50 most traded stocks in 2020, a dozen stocks saw their 2020 trading activity more than double from 2019 levels. These 12 stocks are tabled below, with the average daily turnovers for 2020 included in the second table further below. As a group they generated median total returns of 23% in 2020, with 9 gainers, and Singapore Airlines, SATS and CapitaLand Retail China Trust the three decliners.

On 6 November, CapitaLand Retail China Trust proposed an acquisition of five business park properties and the balance 49% interest in Rock Square. The REIT then proceeded raised approximately S$326.1 million comprising S$245.4 million from a Private Placement and S$80.7 million from a Preferential Offering. Continued securitisation of real estate assets is expected to continue as an overall REIT Sector theme in 2021.

Stock SGX
Code
Market
Cap
S$m
4Q20
Total
Return
2020
Total
Return
2020
Volatility
2020
Turnover
Growth
2020
Net
Institutional
Flow
(S$M)
2019
Net
Institutional
Flow
(S$M)
2020
Net
Retail
Flow
(S$M)
2019
Net
Retail
Flow
(S$M)
Medtecs International 546 549 -7% 2628% 166% 58263% 22.5 0.0 -12.5 -0.1
UG Healthcare 8K7 361 -30% 1157% 144% 58630% -15.0 -0.2 18.8 0.2
Top Glove BVA 16,045 -25% 300% 81% 22673% -72.3 0.9 118.7 0.6
Riverstone AP4 1,645 -36% 143% 70% 5478% -38.7 -3.5 42.8 3.4
Keppel DC REIT AJBU 4,589 -3% 38% 33% 103% 6.0 20.3 27.8 -3.5
Sheng Siong OV8 2,330 -4% 29% 30% 289% -44.2 14.6 39.4 -21.4
Wilmar International F34 29,370 6% 17% 38% 104% -42.1 140.6 116.1 -241.5
Mapletree Industrial Trust ME8U 6,794 -9% 16% 40% 114% -46.3 69.5 61.3 -17.9
UMS 558 576 11% 10% 50% 115% 18.6 43.3 -10.7 -56.6
CapitaLand Retail China Trust AU8U 2,109 28% -7% 42% 114% -116.1 3.7 121.5 3.2
SATS S58 4,457 41% -21% 47% 130% -130.7 7.5 185.3 -33.2
SIA C6L 12,690 23% -33% 40% 207% -642.6 -127.1 794.6 61.6
Median -4% 23%
Average 0% 356%

Source: SGX StockFacts, Refinitiv and Bloomberg (Data as of 31 December 2020).



Singapore’s 50 most traded stocks in 2020

The full list of Singapore’s 50 most traded stocks in 2020 is tabled below and sort by highest to lowest turnover for the year. The below 50 stocks saw a combined average daily turnover of S$1.2 billion in 2020, which compared to the 50 most traded stocks of 2019 that saw a combined average daily turnover of S$905 million. The 50 stocks below include a trio of Catalist-listed stocks: Medtecs International, Rex International and UG Healthcare.

2020 SG Most Traded Stocks SGX
Code
Market
Cap
S$m
4Q20
Total
Return
2020
Total
Return
2020
Volatility
2020
Average
Daily
Turnover
(S$M)
2020
Turnover
Growth
2020
Net
Institutional
Flow
(S$M)
2019
Net
Institutional
Flow
(S$M)
2020
Net
Retail
Flow
(S$M)
2019
Net
Retail
Flow
(S$M)
DBS D05 63,879 27% 2% 30% 134 34% -605.8 -476.9 1,026.6 194.1
SingTel Z74 37,721 11% -28% 27% 83 22% -1,259.6 363.2 1,342.9 -615.9
UOB U11 37,789 19% -10% 27% 75 23% -1,175.7 -401.1 1,323.2 120.6
OCBC Bank O39 45,004 19% -4% 26% 66 19% -531.8 -552.6 888.2 223.5
Ascendas REIT A17U 12,381 -6% 6% 35% 47 35% 407.6 -144.2 77.6 28.4
CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust C38U 13,977 14% -8% 40% 41 61% -129.3 -192.3 244.4 45.8
Wilmar International F34 29,370 6% 17% 38% 41 104% -42.1 140.6 116.1 -241.5
SGX S68 9,941 3% 8% 31% 37 60% 177.7 421.0 -154.2 -453.2
SIA C6L 12,690 23% -33% 40% 34 207% -642.6 -127.1 794.6 61.6
Mapletree Logistics Trust M44U 8,306 0% 20% 39% 33 79% 82.0 57.0 -5.8 -36.8
CapitaLand C31 17,033 21% -9% 32% 33 28% -58.7 107.2 214.2 -224.4
ComfortDelGro C52 3,618 18% -27% 37% 27 50% -336.1 23.9 399.6 -70.9
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding BS6 3,681 -4% -11% 32% 26 -25% -172.8 5.5 194.7 -13.6
Mapletree Commercial Trust N2IU 7,061 12% -8% 38% 25 6% -38.1 155.3 15.3 2.8
Mapletree Industrial Trust ME8U 6,794 -9% 16% 40% 24 114% -46.3 69.5 61.3 -17.9
Keppel Corp BN4 9,778 21% -19% 30% 24 11% -73.1 -170.1 157.2 50.9
Jardine Matheson J36 54,418 37% 3% 38% 24 18% -2.2 18.0 -7.9 13.3
Venture Corp V03 5,632 1% 25% 33% 24 19% 168.6 -47.7 -117.8 4.8
Genting Singapore G13 10,255 27% -5% 40% 23 -7% 112.4 -240.1 -104.1 156.9
City Developments C09 7,228 5% -26% 39% 21 29% -209.6 55.2 223.1 -123.9
ST Engineering S63 11,901 10% 1% 31% 20 19% 55.2 95.7 7.9 -146.0
Medtecs International 546 549 -7% 2628% 166% 20 58263% 22.5 0.0 -12.5 -0.1
SATS S58 4,457 41% -21% 47% 20 130% -130.7 7.5 185.3 -33.2
AEM AWX 949 -10% 75% 60% 20 90% 16.4 53.2 23.2 -66.8
Suntec REIT T82U 4,210 4% -15% 39% 20 19% -67.8 -104.3 69.7 63.3
Thai Beverage Y92 18,460 21% -15% 37% 19 29% -137.0 141.5 112.4 -187.0
Keppel DC REIT AJBU 4,589 -3% 38% 33% 18 103% 6.0 20.3 27.8 -3.5
Jardine Cycle &Carriage C07 7,727 9% -32% 39% 15 44% -206.4 -39.2 178.7 25.1
SPH T39 1,797 10% -47% 40% 15 49% -204.8 -14.9 243.6 -14.9
Hongkong Land H78 12,735 8% -25% 31% 14 -28% -129.8 -138.0 97.2 96.9
Frasers Logistics & Commercial Trust BUOU 4,828 4% 21% 48% 14 64% 91.2 66.2 -75.4 -27.3
Sembcorp Industries U96 3,046 28% 51% 53% 13 66% -127.6 -109.3 154.1 90.3
Jardine Strategic J37 36,435 22% -19% 43% 12 -1% -41.8 37.1 6.1 -0.8
NetLink NBN Trust CJLU 3,761 2% 8% 24% 12 48% -42.0 17.3 64.6 24.1
UOL U14 6,507 16% -5% 28% 11 20% 43.5 63.3 -9.8 -117.4
Frasers Centrepoint Trust J69U 4,177 5% -9% 45% 10 63% -26.9 34.1 47.3 -12.3
Riverstone AP4 1,645 -36% 143% 70% 9 5478% -38.7 -3.5 42.8 3.4
Keppel REIT K71U 3,817 5% -6% 36% 9 9% 19.2 56.7 -8.4 -42.0
Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust RW0U 3,331 7% -11% 37% 9 -28% -66.0 -106.5 59.3 38.7
Sembcorp Marine S51 1,795 -2% -83% 66% 9 9% -107.1 -60.0 122.3 56.3
Dairy Farm International D01 7,453 7% -25% 33% 8 26% -137.9 -20.8 69.1 39.9
Ascott Residence Trust HMN 3,357 21% -15% 43% 8 54% -3.4 78.4 31.8 -62.0
Rex International 5WH 190 4% -29% 80% 7 49% -1.5 2.4 4.3 -3.4
CapitaLand Retail China Trust AU8U 2,109 28% -7% 42% 7 114% -116.1 3.7 121.5 3.2
UMS 558 576 11% 10% 50% 7 115% 18.6 43.3 -10.7 -56.6
Sheng Siong OV8 2,330 -4% 29% 30% 6 289% -44.2 14.6 39.4 -21.4
Top Glove BVA 16,045 -25% 300% 81% 6 22673% -72.3 0.9 118.7 0.6
ESR-REIT J91U 1,413 5% -20% 61% 5 65% -6.2 15.6 11.4 -13.0
UG Healthcare 8K7 361 -30% 1157% 144% 7 58630% -15.0 -0.2 18.8 0.2
Manulife US REIT BTOU 1,558 -3% -23% 50% 5 48% -31.3 22.2 27.1 -3.9
Median 7% -7%
Average 8% 79%

Source: SGX StockFacts, Refinitiv and Bloomberg (Data as of 31 December 2020).







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