China to remain the main game for global commodity demand

China strode like a colossus over major commodity markets in 2017, as the world’s biggest buyer of natural resources made its presence felt on demand for coal, iron ore, crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

China’s influence on major commodities is likely to remain the single most important factor driving supply and demand in 2018, but that’s not to say next year will simply be a repeat of what happened this year.

Still, some trends established in 2017 will continue, or even accelerate, with LNG potentially the best example.

LNG imports surged 48 percent in the first 10 months of the year, as Beijing encouraged a switch from coal to the cleaner-burning fuel. Add in pipeline imports from central Asia, and China’s total natural gas imports were up 26.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2017.

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Aoxin Takes a Big Bite of China's Buoyant Dental Market

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Kopi-C Aoxin Q&M Dental Group Ltd 
SGX Code 1D4
Mkt Cap S$M 74.4
% Price Change YTD -4.8
% Price Change vs IPO Price 0
2017 High Price 0.330
2017 High Date 27/04/17
2017 Low Price 0.180
2017 Low Date 18/12/17
% Div Yld N/A
% ROE 19.3
P/E 147.6x
P/B 0.1x
Source: Bloomberg & SGX StockFacts (24 Jan 2018)
Listing date: 26 April 2017

Oral medicine specialist Dr Shao Yongxin has always been fascinated by the artistry and technical expertise involved in the practice of dentistry.

The standards of excellence demanded by the profession, and Shao's willingness to strive for perfection in his craft, were catalysts for his three decade-long journey in stomatology, a science that deals with the mouth and its diseases.

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Hi-P Pegs Aspirations on Rise of Digital Economy

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MD_KC_Hi-P-CEO Hi-P International Ltd
SGX Code H17
Mkt Cap S$M 1,502
% Price Change YTD 264.7
% Price - Div Adj. [1 Year] 320.1
% Price - Div Adj. [3 Years] 223.7
% Price - Div Adj. [5 Years] 202.2
Price vs. 12M High % -10.6
Price vs. 12M Low % 296
% Div Yld 1.1
% ROE 17.5
P/E 16.7x
P/B 3.1x
Source: SGX StockFacts (27 Dec 2017)

The Executive Chairman of SGX-listed electronics contract manufacturer Hi-P International Ltd attributes his trademark resilience to his growing up years, when he was bullied constantly.

"Because my father changed jobs frequently, we relocated a lot. Whichever school I went to, I was seen as an outsider and always bullied," China-born and Taiwan-raised Yao recalled.

"But the more I was bullied, the more adaptable and resilient I became."

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Keppel-KBS US REIT Rides Positive Office Market Dynamics

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Keppel-KBS US REIT
SGX Code CMOU
Mkt Cap US$M 559.4
% Price Chg vs IPO Price 1.1%
2017 High Price [USD]
$0.91
2017 High Date
15/11/17
2017 Low Price [USD]
$0.88
2017 Low Date
09/11/17
% Div Yld
N/A
% ROE N/A
P/B 1.0x
Source: SGX StockFacts (13 Dec 2017)
Listing date: 9 Nov 2017

David Snyder is an adventurous foodie, whose willingness to savour new and different cuisines reflects his characteristics beyond the dining table. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the manager of SGX-listed Keppel-KBS US REIT has an adaptable, inclusive leadership style that helps him maximise outcomes in the face of complexity and change.

"I'm always open to trying something new," said Snyder, whose favourite foods include laksa, chilli crab, satay and roti prata. He also eats durians.

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