Daily briefing: APAC stock markets lead global charts in H1; SG grants interim authorisation for GSK-developed drug use for COVID-19

And Suntec REIT announces plan to buy London office for US$489m.


Stock markets in Asia Pacific led global equity markets in the first half of the year with Vietnam’s VN Index seeing a 27.6% surge, according to CNBC.

Also, amongst the top-performing markets in the region were Taiwan’s Taiex (+20.52), South Korea’s Kospi (+14.73%), India’s Nifty 50 (+12.44%), and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 (+11.02%).

Meanwhile, amongst the poor performers were Malaysia’s FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index (-5.8%) and the Philippines’ PSE Composite Index (-3.33%). According to JPMorgan Private Bank’s Alex Wolf, the South and Southeast Asian equity markets’ recovery will be supported by the vaccination progress.

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From CNA

The Health Sciences Authority has granted an interim authorisation for the use of sotrovimab for treating COVID-19 patients.

The sotrovimab is developed by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology. It can be used by patients, aged 18 or older, with mild to moderate COVID-19 cases.

Clinical trial for the sotrovimab is currently underway. It involved more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 96, who showed risk factors of mild to moderate COVID-19 that could progress to a severe case.

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From Forbes

Suntec REIT will be buying an office building in London for £353 million, or around US$489 million, as part of its bid to diversify its assets.

The 11-storey Minster Building in London is a grade A office building with an ancillary retail space. It has a gross floor area of 230,000 square feet.

It will be the second investment Suntec REIT made in the UK. Suntec REIT currently has a 50% stake in NOVA Properties, which owns 2 grade A office buildings in London’s West End.

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