STI ends the day 0.6 per cent higher

The local bourse's key Straits Times Index rose 17.63 points or 0.6 per cent to 3,147.12.

Most other Asian bourses also eked out gains, boosted by encouraging US jobs data.

Gainers led losers 271 to 121 while 405 counters were unchanged.

Some 1.50 billion shares worth $734 million changed hands.