Singapore Market Week Ahead: Singapore’s Economic Pulse and Global Inflation Insights

April 8, 2024

The spotlight this week falls on Singapore’s Q1 2024 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data, offering insights into how the country’s economy is kicking off in 2024. Following a cautious approach in 2023 to avert recession, Singapore anticipates growth this year, with forecasts ranging from 1% to 3%. The market expects to see a 2.4% expansion for the Q1 2024 data.

Aside from that, Singapore will be releasing its March Foreign Exchange Reserves data on Monday. Last month, these reserves stood at around US$343.1 billion in February 2024, a tad lower than in January.

Singapore will also conduct its 4-Week and 12-Week Bill Auctions on Tuesday, followed by 6-Month Treasury Bill (T-Bill) Auction on Thursday. These auctions offer up short-term government debt securities by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). A higher yield from these auctions could reflect investors’ confidence in the country’s economic prospects.

Regarding market dynamics, investors might consider focusing on Qian Hu Corp Ltd (SGX: BCV), China Environmental Resources Group Ltd (SGX: RS1), and LHN Ltd (SGX: 41O). These companies are noteworthy as their ex-dividend dates fall within the week, potentially influencing their stock movements and offering strategic opportunities for shareholders.

Global Economic Trends: US and China CPI, PPI Data

Internationally, US and China will be releasing their March Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI). These data play a pivotal role in shaping monetary policy decisions worldwide, particularly by the Federal Reserve (Fed) in the United States.

The direction of the Fed’s interest rate policy is significantly influenced by these inflation metrics. High inflation rates might prompt the Fed to increase interest rates, aiming to temper economic overheating and rein in inflationary pressures. Conversely, if inflation shows signs of deceleration, the Fed may pause or reduce interest rates to encourage economic activity. This strategic balance seeks to foster stable growth while managing inflation, emphasising the critical impact of global inflation data on monetary policy frameworks.

Another crucial indicator to watch is the US Initial Jobless Claims on Thursday, reflecting economic fragility through the number of individuals filing for unemployment benefits. In March, there was a slight easing by 2,000, surpassing market expectations.

It is also noteworthy to keep tabs on China’s March Balance of Trade, Imports, and Exports. The January-February 2024 trade surplus for China, which increased to US$125.16 billion from US$103.8 billion a year earlier, exceeded market forecasts.


The upcoming week is pivotal for Singapore’s markets, with key economic data on the horizon. Q1 GDP is set to reveal the early 2024 economic pulse, with a projected 2.4% growth. Investors will also scrutinize March’s Foreign Exchange Reserves and upcoming Treasury bill yields for signs of investor sentiment. Market players should mark their calendars for the ex-dividend dates of SGX-listed companies Qian Hu Corp, China Environmental Resources Group, and LHN, which could sway stock performances.

Internationally, US CPI and China PPI figures will be crucial in shaping Fed rate decisions amidst global inflation concerns.

Disclaimer: ProsperUs Manager of Content Hailey Chung doesn’t own shares of any mentioned companies.

Hailey Chung

As a lifelong learner, Hailey strives to simplify finance for everyday investors, making it relatable and enjoyable. She desires to support investors with various background, whether they are grappling with limited time and resources in seeking financial freedom or are sincere in stewarding their money well as a token of gratitude for God's provision. With a focus on responsible investing, Hailey balances caution and opportunity, believing life's too short to stress over market fluctuations. Beyond the pursuit of profits, she advocates for investments aligned with building a better world. As Manager of Content at ProsperUs, she leverages her journalism background from The Edge Malaysia, where she honed her skills at the capital and corporate desk.

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