SINGAPORE Dec 2 Casino operator Genting
Singapore Plc rose to a near one-month high after CIMB
upgraded its rating on the stock, citing expectations of a
recovery in the high-rollers' business in the coming quarters,
while Singapore's benchmark index moved very little.
Genting Singapore jumped as much as 3.4 percent to S$1.52,
headed for its biggest daily rise in nearly three months. The
stock has risen 9 percent so far this year, compared with a
modest 0.3 percent gain in the benchmark Straits Times Index
The recovery in the high-rollers' business and the prospect
of the company winning a casino license in Japan prompted CIMB
to upgrade the stock from "underperform" to "outperform".
"Although the mass segment in RWS (Resorts World Sentosa)
will remain flat until FY15 when more room capacity from its new
550-room hotel at the Jurong Lake District comes on stream, the
VIP business looks to be in a healthy position to drive an
earnings recovery over the next few quarters," said CIMB analyst
Lucius Chong in a research note.
The benchmark Straits Times Index was little
changed at 3,179.40 by 0505 GMT, as the MSCI's broadest index of
Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2
Other stocks performing well on the index included Wilmar
International Ltd and industrial conglomerate Jardine
Matheson Holdings Ltd. Wilmar climbed 1.4 percent, and
Jardine Matheson 1.3 percent.