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Property Stocks Drag the Straits Times Index Down This Week
The Singapore stock market, as represented by the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), tumbled 2.4%, or around 77 points, to 3,191.8. Other than trade war fears between the US and China, the market was spooked by the announcement of higher stamp duty rates and tighter loan limits for residential property purchases here. For the week, of the 30 index components, 20 were in the red while the remaining 10 were in the green. The big decliners among the Straits Times Index companies were property stocks. City Developments Limited (SGX: C09) plunged 13.4% to S$9.46; UOL Group Limited (SGX: U14) tumbled 12.1% to S$6.70; and CapitaLand Limited (SGX: C31) slipped 5.4% to S$2.99. Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX: BN4), which has a property arm, was the third biggest loser of the index, falling 8% to S$6.