Next Week’s News Today – Bricks And Mortar

The Singapore earnings season carries on apace with a bevy of property companies stepping into the spotlight.

These include CapitaMall Trust (SGX: C38U) and Ascendas REIT (SGX: A17U) from the top flight. Ascott Residence Trust (SGX: A68U), CapitaCommercial Trust (SGX: C61U) and Mapletree Industrial Trust (SGX: ME8U) are some of the bricks and mortar outfits from the mid-tier that have numbers too.

Investors might find out more about the rumours that Singapore Exchange (SGX: S68) could tie up with the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The Exchange, which will report earnings, has dismissed talk of a Shanghai-Hong Kong style link. But it said it remains “open to future collaboration, which benefits our partners and shareholders”.

On the economic front, all eyes could be on Japan to see if the country has managed to export more than it imports. Historically, Japan has been a net exporter. But since the weakening of the Japanese yen, trade deficits rather than trade surpluses have been the norm.

But thanks to recent lower energy costs, Japan’s trade gap shrunk to its lowest for two years. A further narrowing of the gap could provide much-needed encouragement to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, and their special brand of monetary easing known as QQE.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore will report March inflation numbers on Thursday. The de facto central bank has already indicated that it expects inflationary pressures to be benign. Over the last four months, the Consumer Prices Index has been negative. Another minus number looks quite possible.

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