(Corrects company to Marina Bay Sands in second last paragraph,
SINGAPORE Feb 3 Singapore shares hit their
lowest in five months on Monday, pressured by concerns over a
slowdown in China's economy after growth in the country's
services sector slowed to a five-year low in January.
The benchmark Straits Times Index fell for a third
consecutive session, and was down 1 percent at 2,995.5 by 0500
GMT, the lowest since Aug. 28, 2013. MSCI's broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3
China's official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers'
Index (PMI) fell to 53.4 in January from December's 54.6,
putting further strains on the market, as pressures from the
massive sell-off in emerging markets show little sign of
Real estate companies CapitaMall Asia Ltd and
Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd led the decline, with
Hongkong Land falling as much as 3 percent to a one-month low of
S$5.84. Shares of CapitaMall Asia slid 2.8 percent to an
intra-day low of S$1.71, the lowest since June 2013.
Among other stocks, shares of Genting Singapore Plc
declined 2.5 percent to an intra-day low of S$1.35,
its lowest in nearly five months.
Brokerage Maybank Kim Eng maintained its "sell" rating on
shares of casino group Genting Singapore and a target price of
S$1.31, after noting that rival Marina Bay Sands saw a 17
percent year-on-year contraction of VIP volume in the fourth
quarter of 2013.
"The only silver lining is that the Japanese casino
liberalization process may be fast tracked by a year," said
Maybank. "Nonetheless, we believe the consensus is too bullish
on Genting Singapore's earnings outlook."
(Reporting by Brian Leonal; Editing by Anand Basu)