Why you should watch these stocks

These days, it seems the road to success is to build a start-up and sell it off. It worked for WhatsApp, Instagram, and most recently,
podcast startup Gimlet Media by Spotify. And if you’d like to cash in on those deals, you should consider investing in international stocks and get a piece of the pie. But it can be tricky to know which particular shares you should be eyeing. Monex offers ground-level investments in a dozen markets, so we can point you in the right direction.

Our approach is based on deep-dive research, and Asia has been looking particularly lucrative lately. Thanks to our partnership with Monex BOOM Securities (plus our head office in Japan), we have in-house links to ten Asian markets:
Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

Let’s examine some interesting Singapore shareholdings:

Sevak (SGX: BAI)

While this IT stock has seen a steady rise in value, reports as of the 1st of February 2019 suggest caution when investing in this international share. On September 17th last year, Sevak’s share price was $2.51, and by October 19th, it had gone up to $4.05. The rest of the market was declining at the time, thanks in part to the trade war between the US and China. So, despite this 61% price boost, the Singapore Exchange Regulation recommends you tread (and trade) softly.

GuocoLand (SGX: F17)

These days, when someone says ‘developer’, they often mean a coder or programmer. But this particular developer deals in construction, and things haven’t been looking particularly good for them. In their first financial quarter of 2018, they completed a large residential project, so there was nothing new on the books. Meanwhile, their existing properties had lower sales than expected, meaning they logged an 83.6% drop in net profits by December 31st, leaving them at $10.9 Billion.

Astaka Holdings (SGX: 42S)

Another real estate company has already announced it expected its results to follow the same low lines. They hadn’t announced their figures or completed their financial audit for the second quarter (ending December 31st, 2018). But they noted, based on how things were looking, they were headed towards a net loss. It’s likely they’re experiencing the same decline that’s affected their industry peers over at GuocoLand.

AA Reit (SGX: O5RU)

On the 1st of February, AIMS AMP Capital Industrial Reit shared their DPU (distribution per unit) for their third financial quarter. It’s not a promising figure. At this time in 2018, their DPU was 2.62 cents. In the subsequent year, it has lost 4.6%, landing at 2.50 cents. This is a real estate trust though, so it’s susceptible to the same declining market factors as the previous two companies on our list.


As for companies more directly affected by the ongoing Sino-American tariff tensions, CapitaLand Retail China Trust experienced a surprising rise in DPU. It’s not a huge escalation – just 2.1%, setting its value at 2.42 cents. However, CRCT works on a different clock, so December 31st marked the end of their 4th quarter rather than their 2nd, making it a decent close to the year, and keeping it firmly among our stocks to watch.

For more advice which stocks to watch and
how to make the most of your global portfolio, fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

Read Also:

Why you should be investing in Asia

Which Asian markets should be on your radar?

Why Malaysian stock market optimism is rising

5 Popular Japanese Stocks

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