The Shares You Should Have Bought This Year

thumbs upWith less than 30 days to go before the end of 2013, a clear divide is emerging amongst Singapore’s blue chips.

Property-related companies are clearly in the doghouse as measures designed to cool an overheated real estate sector take the wind out of their sails. Resource companies have not been in favour either, as China shifts its economy from one that has been led by exports to one that will eventually be driven by its consumers.

But it has not been a tale of woe for everyone.

Amongst the 30 companies that make up the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), Thai Beverage (SGX: Y92) has been a standout performer. Shares in the Asian brewer have jumped by over a fifth to S$0.48. The shares climbed as high as S$0.71 this year but have since lost their lustre as civil unrest mars the Thai economy.

Banks have been a bright spot in the Singapore market with DBS Group (SGX: D05) claiming the mantle for the second-best performer so far this year. Its shares are up 15%. Elsewhere in the banking sector, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation has gained 6%, while United Overseas Bank is also up 6%.

SingTel (SGX: Z74), a stalwart of Singapore’s stock market benchmark, is up an impressive 12%. After dividends are included, the total return is an even more striking 15%. Not to be outdone, Singapore’s second-largest telecom provider StarHub (SGX: CC3) has also improved 12% this year. After including the generous dividend payout, the total return for the year is an imposing 18%.

Other blue chips sporting double-digit gains this year include ComfortDelGro (SGX: C52) and SIA Engineering.

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