Oil rises to US$60 per barrel, Libya fire supports

29 Dec7:06 PM

[LONDON] Brent crude oil rose to US$60 per barrel on Monday, supported by concern about disruption to exports from Libya, but a global supply glut kept prices nearly 50 per cent off their peak for the year.

A fire caused by fighting at one of Libya’s main export terminals has destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude – more than two days of the country’s output, officials said, amid clashes between factions battling for control of the nation. .

Libya currently produces around 385,000 barrels per day of crude oil – down from peak production of over 1 million bpd – but this is a small fraction of the global supply overhang, analysts said. “There’s tension in Libya, but liquidity is very thin so not much is needed to move oil prices,” said Hans van Cleef, senior energy Economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam.

Trade was sparse, with many investors away for the festive period.

Van Cleef added that the overall picture remained bearish, with traders looking for reasons to sell. “It’s very supply driven, on the demand side, the only impact is when you see a negative change in data.” Brent crude was up 67 cents at US$60.12 by 0902 GMT after hitting US$60.40 earlier in the day. The benchmark settled down 79 cents in the previous session.

Brent is down 48 per cent since hitting the year’s high above US$115 per barrel in June, weighed down by a decision by OPEC in November not to cut supply to address a slump in prices and comments from Saudi Arabia that they are comfortable with lower prices.

It is down 45 per cent so far this year, on track for its biggest fall since 2008, and the second-biggest annual fall since futures started trading in the 1980s.

US crude rose 82 cents to US$55.55 after closing US$1.11 down in thin trade on Friday. It rose to a peak of US$55.74 in early trade on Monday.

Oil prices also drew support from plans by China and Japan aimed at supporting their economies, which would help lift demand for commodities.

The People’s Bank of China plans to loosen loan-to-deposit ratios for banks from next year. China’s economy is expected to grow by 7 per cent in 2015, slower than the forecast 7.3 per cent in 2014, a government think-tank, the State Information Centre said on Monday.

Japan’s government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth US$29 billion to help the country’s lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, which it hopes will boost GDP by 0.7 per cent.

REUTERS

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Biosensors 29 Dec 2014

Haven’t noticed anything good for trade recently.. Probably due to the light trading volume during this festive season. People taking long breaks, away from work, overseas trip. Christmas was last week, and this week we will be welcoming the New Year 2015!

Was watching this Biosensors during the consolidation period, between 2 Dec to 17 Dec.. and I actually missed the chance to post a buy idea for this! Next moment, it goes up.. This is also due to company’s continuing buyback…

Latest buyback was at SGD 0.5525 per share, around S$100K for today.

Now could only wait for any possible retracement before entering..Not wise to chase, as $0.60 seems to be a possible resistance at this moment.

Good unusual volumes since mid December
Counter could be building towards $0.60, which may be a resistance
Counter trading well above 20 days moving average, which was the previous resistance
Look for possible pullback before entering, as Stochastic overbought now

Entry: $0.535
Target price: $0.60
Time frame: 2 weeks – 1 month

Biosensors

Sheng Siong signs joint-venture deal to run supermarkets in China

By Claire Huang
28 Dec7:07 PM

SINGAPORE-LISTED Sheng Siong Group has signed a conditional joint-venture (JV) agreement with Kunming LuChen Group Co Ltd to operate supermarkets in China.

In an announcement posted on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) website on Saturday, Sheng Siong said the conditional JV agreement was made with the LuChen Group as well as its executive director, Tan Ling San.

Under the conditional agreement, the proposed JV company will be incorporated under the laws of China with a registered capital of US$10 million.

Sheng Siong will fork out US$6 million for 60 per cent equity interest in the JV company, while the LuChen Group will provide a cash consideration of US$3 million for 30 per cent of the equity interest.

Mr Tan will hold the remaining 10 per cent stake for US$1 million.

He will be responsible for the administration and implementation of Sheng Siong’s policies and strategies, and evaluating new growth areas for business. He founded and served as the executive chairman of PSC Corporation.

Sheng Siong said the conditional agreement remains subject to the approval of the Chinese authorities.

LuChen, established in 1954, is involved in the manufacture and distribution of food products such as sauces and condiments.