10 Jul '11, 9pm

'In second half, expect better prospects'

SINGAPORE - Investors can look forward to better prospects in the second half of this year as analysts say the revival in global economic growth will push equities and high-yielding stocks higher. Japan's ongoing reconstruction and China's move to launch its 1.3 trillion yuan (S$245.7 billion) low-cost housing programme will be key growth engines in the next few months, analysts said, adding that commodities are likely to gain from these developments. In Singapore, analysts are favouring commercial real estate, rig builders and banking sectors. They said investors can also opt for high-dividend stocks such asSuntec Reit, which provides a yield of 4 to 4.5 per cent and Starhub with 6 per cent. "I think in Singapore, the banks are screaming 'buy' - they are cheap by historic standards when you look at price-to-book valuations," said Mr Arjuna Mahendran, managing director and...

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