Singapore shares end lower as caution reigns ahead of Bernanke's Congressional testimony

SINGAPORE shares were dragged down by downbeat exports data and cautious trading on Wednesday ahead of key remarks by United States central bank chairman Ben Bernanke.

The benchmark Straits Times Index dipped 16.63 points, or 0.52 per cent, to 3,208.33

Some 3.2 billion shares valued at $1.1 billion changed hands.

Among the losers was SingTel, down six cents to $3.79 and Keppel Corp, four cents back at $10.88.

Regional markets were mixed, with Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea finishing in positive territory, but Shanghai and Australia losing ground.