STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-Index up for 4 days, boosted by commodity plays

Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:53am GMT

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Singapore shares rose for the fourth straight session, with commodity firms Noble Group Ltd and Wilmar International Ltd notching gains on growing optimism about China's economy.

The benchmark Straits Times Index was up 0.2 percent at 3,276.2, extending its run to a two-year high and advancing more than 3 percent so far this year. On Monday, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.24 percent.

Noble shares jumped 2.9 percent to S$1.26, the highest in more than two months, and were the biggest gainers in the index. Wilmar rose 1.6 percent and Olam International Ltd put on 1.5 percent.

"It looks like China's rebound is leading to a re-rating of commodity plays," said one trader. "They were also the big laggards last year, so funds might be rebalancing into them."

China's shares were set for their best day in two weeks.

China's economy could grow at more than 8 percent in 2013, supporting global economic activity that is set to recover, the head of China's sovereign wealth fund said.

1335 (0535 GMT)

(Reporting by Teo Jion Chun in Singapore; Editing by G.Ram Mohan; teo.jionchun@thomsonreuters.com)(+6564035659)(Reuters Messaging:teo.jionchun.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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