4 Things You Need To Know About the Singapore Share Market Today

Welcome to the middle of a spooky Friday (it’s Halloween after all)! Here are four things you might want to look at today (and over the weekend) about Singapore’s share market.

1. As always, I’d start off with Singapore’s market benchmark, the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI). As of the time of writing (11:40am, 31 October 2014), it is up 0.45% to 3,249 points. This might not be very interesting information – but here’s something else about the STI which I think is incredibly eye-catching. For the month ended 21 October 2014, nearly four out of five of the index’s 30 constituents had made losses. Is this a worrying statistic? My colleague Stanley Lim weighs in on the topic here.

2. Since we’re discussing about the blue chips, let’s take a look at Overseas-Chinese Banking Corp. Limited’s (SGX: O39) stupendous third quarter earnings. There was broad-based growth for the bank, which had benefitted from its acquisition of the Hong Kong-based Wing Hang Bank earlier this year. Some notable highlights for OCBC include a 62% jump in quarterly profit, its rock-solid capital adequacy ratios, and its improving net interest margin. My colleague James Yeo has a lot more to share regarding OCBC’s third quarter results, so check it out here.

3. Switching gears a little, let’s check out some interesting Halloween-themed investing stuff. My colleague Chin Hui Leong has compiled some scary and cautionary tales from investing masters which can hopefully shock us into becoming better investors. As for me, I too have some spooky tales to share about the crazy things investors do to destroy their wealth.

4. Sticking to the topic of scary, property developer Oxley Holdings Ltd (SGX: 5UX) is now carrying a freakish amount of leverage – its net debt to equity ratio is a sky high 438%! Is this highly-geared company in any danger? See what Stanley has to say here.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore writer Chong Ser Jing doesn't own shares in any company mentioned.