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Ernest’s market opinion

By Ernest Lim

Ernest’s market opinion

Dear all,

Below is my personal opinion on the market. As previously mentioned to my clients, I aim to reduce my percentage invested in stocks (currently around 130% invested), especially the non-performing stocks, with no immediate near term catalysts. I am cautious on the market in the next 1-2 months because

a) The large market run up year to date. STI has appreciated approximately 12% YTD and 22% for the past one year;

b) June is likely to be a quiet month as most companies have reported results and some of the blue chips have already ex dividend. i.e. limited catalysts for most stocks;

c) Holiday period where fund managers and analysts may be off on holidays;

d) As my performance has been lacklustre compared to the year to date rally in STI, I want to re-evaluate and consolidate some of the positions that I have and the overall market + look at other stocks.

Meanwhile, I have done a personal compilation of stocks from Bloomberg, with estimated dividend yield >3%, sorted by total potential return (i.e. estimated capital gain + estimated dividend yield) for those clients who wish to accumulate stocks with good dividend yields on market weakness. Table 1 shows the top five stocks with the highest estimated total potential returns. [My clients will receive the entire compilation]

Table 1: Top five stocks with the highest estimated total potential returns

Top five stocks with the highest estimated total potential returns

Source: Bloomberg as of 19 May 17

1. Analyst target prices may be subject to change anytime. Also, some analyst target prices such as Asian Pay may not be updated. However, it is fairly accurate to say the average analyst target prices for stocks whose market cap >S$1b are accurate.

2. The above is for reference only. Readers / clients should exercise their independent judgement and take into account of their percentage invested, returns expectation, risk profile and current market developments.

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P.S: Do note that as I am a full time remisier, I can change my equity allocation fast to capitalize on the markets’ movements.

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Ernest Lim
Ernest Lim

Ernest is an avid investor, trader cum remisier. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder, as well as, a Chartered Accountant of Singapore. He has published articles on a wide range of topics on finance and investment on his blog, ranging from market / sector outlook, technical analysis and fundamental analysis etc. His writeups and comments have been featured in various online and mainstream media such as Bloomberg, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Sharesinvestment, Nextinsight etc.

He has worked at GIC Special Investment and was with Legacy Capital Group Pte Ltd, a boutique asset management and private equity firm, as an investment manager for high net worth clients, after which he went to work as an investment manager before embracing his lifelong passion as a remisier.