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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Straits Times Index's report card for 2014

SINGAPORE: It has been a volatile year for the Straits Times Index (STI), but Singapore shares managed to show some resilience, closing at 3,365.15 on Wednesday (Dec 31). This works out to a gain of more than 6 per cent for the year as a whole.

Among the STI-constituent stocks, the top performing counter was commodity supplier Olam, which gained 33.2 per cent. The other counters within the top five were ComfortDelGro (up 29.35 per cent), Thai Beverage (up 27.78 per cent), DBS Group (up 20.47 per cent) and Jardine C&C (up 18.5 per cent). 

At the other end of the scale were offshore marine players such as Keppel and Sembcorp Industries, and casino operator Genting Singapore. The bottom five counters were SIA Engineering (down 15.76 per cent), Sembcorp Industries (down 18.64 per cent), Keppel Corp (down 20.91 per cent), Sembcorp Marine (down 26.38 per cent) and Genting Singapore (down 27.76 per cent). 

Among some of the widely-held stocks, SingTel rose by 6.56 per cent. Banking counters also pulled ahead - both DBS and UOB were among the top 10 gainers in the STI for the year, with DBS up 20.47 per cent and UOB up 15.76 per cent.

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