Markets highlights

1 China exports fell 6.8 per cent in November from a year earlier, while imports dropped 8.7 per cent. China is widely expected to post its slowest economic growth in 25 years, Reuters said.

2 The US could become the most competitive manufacturing nation over the next five years, with China sliding from No. 1 to No. 2 spot, according to initial findings of Deloitte Global's 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report.

3 The 20 largest SGX-listed active information technology (IT) stocks averaged an 8.3 per cent total return in the year to date, said an SGX My Gateway report. Three-year returns came to 48.6 per cent.

4 Sembcorp Marine, which recently warned of a possible fourth-quarter loss, has come in tops again for the most number of liquefied natural gas vessel repair and upgrade projects in a single year. It snared 34 such projects in the global market.

5 Singapore-listed film production firm mm2 Asia will raise $5 million from a new share placement to three investors: Hesheng Media Co, Apex Capital and Maxi-Harvest. The proposed share price is 78.72 cents.

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