STOCKS | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Daily Markets Briefing: STI down 0.52%

Expect muted gains today.

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 16.66 or 0.52% lower at 3,195.59.

The top active stocks were DBS, which slipped 1.30%, OCBC Bank, which fell 0.09%, UOB, which dipped 0.56%, Singtel, which edged up 0.34%, and SGX which declined 1.22%.

The FTSE Mid Cap fell 0.26% whilst the FTSE Small Cap dipped 0.147%.

According to OCBC Investment Research (OIR), US stocks closed higher, with the S&P 500 posting its highest close in more than four months, as investors parsed economic data that included stronger-than-expected durable goods orders and further signs that inflation remains subdued.

All eleven S&P 500 industries ended higher, led by Health Care (1.10%) and Energy (1.09%).

“The relatively strong performance all around could help lift the local sentiment towards the immediate resistance of 3260,” OIR said

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