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Singapore shares edge higher on Yellen comments

Published on May 8, 2014 1:27 PM

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore shares edged cautiously higher on Thursday, rallying from a one-week low hit in the previous day as Asian shares drew a measure of comfort from comments by United States Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen and easing tensions in the Ukraine conflict.

The benchmark Straits Times Index rose 0.5 per cent to 3,252.37, after hitting its lowest since April 29 on Wednesday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.5 per cent.

Yellen signalled on Wednesday that the U.S. economy was still in need of lots of support given the "considerable slack"in the labour market.

Risk sentiment was also underpinned after Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held.

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