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3 Shares that Beat the Market Today

Last night, the S&P 500 Index closed at 1497 points for a 0.61% gain as the electoral stalemate in Italy took a backseat. Back on local shores, the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) also followed suit and moved 0.21% higher to 3261 points today, after a 1.05% slide on Tuesday.

There were some bigger gains among the blue-chips, including Sembcorp Industries (SGX: U96), Sembcorp Marine (SGX: S51) and Keppel Corp (SGX: BN4).

Sembcorp Industries, a leading energy, water and marine group, saw its shares gain 1.93% to $5.29. The company released full year results on Tuesday. Net profits for the year fell by 6.9% to S$753.3m and a dividend of S$0.15 per share was proposed by management. Sembcorp Industries owns 60% of fellow STI component company, Sembcorp Marine.

Sembcorp Marine’s shares climbed 1.59% to $4.48. The offshore and marine engineering firm saw a drop in earnings per share of 27% to $0.08 in 2012. Dividends also saw a drop from $0.25 per share in 2011 to $0.13 per share in 2012. The company’s latest reported net order book stood at $13.6 billion, a 116% increase over the corresponding period last year.

Offshore engineering and property development company, Keppel Corp saw its shares rise 1.22% to $11.61. The company’s net profits for 2012 grew by 28% to S$1.9 billion after excluding revaluations. Keppel Corp’s Offshore & Marine Engineering division saw their net order book rise to $12.8 billion from $9.4 billion last year.

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