Singapore shares hit five-month low on China data
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - 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 per cent at 2,995.5 by midday, the lowest since Aug 28 last year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 per cent lower.
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 abating.
Real estate companies CapitaMall Asia and Hongkong Land Holdings led the decline, with Hongkong Land falling as much as 3 per cent to a one-month low of $5.84. Shares of CapitaMall Asia slid 2.8 per cent to an intra-day low of $1.71, the lowest since June 2013.