AEM share price blew up in pieces

Lifetime Membership What an explosive free fall! AEM share price (SGX: AWX) plunged by nearly 15% within two days following the release of the full-year financial result for FY2022 on 24 February 2023. The trigger for the sell-offs was not attributed to the financial result, which was stellar by the way. Instead, investors were spooked by the revenue forecast for FY2023.

After achieving a record revenue of $870.5 million for FY2022, the management guided revenue of just $500 million for FY2023 “that may be revised as second half visibility becomes clearer”. The market wasted no time punishing AEM share price (SGX: AWX), sending the counter straight to the bottom.

AEM share price

Short-selling volume surged to a high of 2.8 million on 27 February and 1.67 million on 28 February. The daily short-selling volume on AEM was roughly about 200,000. So the recent spike in short-selling volume represented about 10-fold increase, leading to the short-term volatility in AEM share price (SGX: AWX).

In this blog, I have always maintained that on its day, AEM share price (SGX: AWX) can be unbeatable. Conversely, when the tide goes against AEM share price, the counter can spiral out of control. In view of this, this counter is really not for the faint-hearted.

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DBS Group Holdings share to hit $50 in 2023?

Lifetime Membership Is it a healthy correction or the start of a slippery slope? After announcing a record net profit of $8.19 billion for FY2022, DBS Group Holdings share price stunned the market by falling from $36 on 10 February 2023 to $34.70 on 15 February 2023. The decline represented a 3.6% in DBS Group Holdings share price within a week.

The volatility of DBS Group Holdings share price should not be attributed to the financial result of FY2022. Rather, the market should be rattled by CEO Piyush Gupta’s revelation of DBS loan exposure of $1.3 billion to beleaguered Adani Group, which has been targeted by short seller Hindenburg Research. The Adani Group is alleged by Hindenburg Research for stock manipulation.

DBS Group Holdings share price

To be fair to Piyush Gupta, the amount of loan issued to Adani Group represented only 0.3% of the total loan portfolio of DBS Group. Thus, the collateral damage should not be significant even if the full amount of $1.3 billion is write-off. But of concerning to most investors is how many Adani will DBS Group face in 2023 against the backdrop of a possible global recession?

DBS Group emerged victorious from the devastating pandemic as DBS Group Holdings share price smashed a record high of $37.25 on 11 February 2022.

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Lenovo share price (HKEX: 992) to rocket in 2023?

Lifetime Membership 7th March 2022 will be remembered as a memorable day for investors of Lenovo as the stock was included in the prestigious Hong Kong’s benchmark stock gauge – the Hang Seng Index. Consequently, Lenovo share price (HKEX: 992) rose steadily to a 52-week high of HK$9.00. The entry into Hang Seng Index capped a stunning turn of event as Lenovo scrapped its US$1.8 billion mega IPO in Shanghai Stock Market only in October 2021.

The bizarre withdrawal from Shanghai Stock Market had caused a temporary crisis of confidence for Lenovo share price as the counter dived 17%. But not for long as Lenovo share price (HKEX: 992) recovered swiftly from the crash following the inclusion into Hang Seng Index. In this regard, the volatility of Lenovo share price (HKEX: 992) is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Lenovo share price

And that’s not all. Two weeks after Lenovo share price got included into Hang Seng Index, US Federal Reserves launched a series of interest rate hikes that rattled global stock market. During that period, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine added further turmoil to global financial market. These two events created uncertainties, causing sell-offs on growth stocks. Lenovo share price (HKEX: 992) was not spared from the carnage and the counter has been on a bearish run for pretty much of 2022.

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Cathay Pacific share price in death spiral

Lifetime Membership Not even the lure of 500,000 free air tickets to Hong Kong could revive the ailing Cathay Pacific share price. The counter continued to be in sluggish form after the announcement by Hong Kong government. Year-to-date, Cathay Pacific share price fell by 6.89%.

The unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 to air travel will be remembered by many for generations. For Cathay Pacific, the past three years had been nothing short of a prolonged terrifying nightmare due to the travel restrictions and strict quarantine requirements for Hong Kong-based aircrew. No doubt about it, these measures inflicted substantial impact on Cathay Pacific’s business. Whilst most countries had reopened in 2022, Hong Kong closely followed China’s zero COVID policy, at a hefty price to the economy of Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific share price

Then, on 14 December 2022, the Asian financial hub stunned the world with the announcement of the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions on travellers. Surely, the worst must be over for Hong Kong. Could this herald the bottom of Cathay Pacific share price?

According to IATA, the airline industry had been the most profitable for decades in the period from 2010 to 2019. Cumulatively, the combined profits of the airlines amounted to a staggering US$220 billion.

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Sembcorp Marine share price to rock in 2023?

Lifetime Membership Is this really light at end of the tunnel for Sembcorp Marine share price? On 27 January 2023, SGX gave the green light for the acquisition of Keppel O&M by Sembcorp Marine through the issuance of 36.8 billion new Sembcorp Marines shares. The SGX nod was a major breakthrough for the merger between the oil-rig giants, heralding the end of a long running saga.

To be sure, the proposed merger is not a done deal yet as it is subjected to shareholders’ voting in an extraordinary meeting to be held on 16 February 2023. Sembcorp Marine must obtain more than 50% votes from its shareholders (excluding Temasek Holdings) in order for the acquisition to go through. Against this backdrop, investors should expect plenty of volatility for Sembcorp Marine share price in the coming weeks.

Sembcorp Marine share price

In the EGM circular, the Sembcorp Marine warned shareholders that there is “no assurance that as a standalone entity, the SCM Group will continue to receive the necessary support from its banks, financiers and significant shareholder, Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited”.

In my opinion, the caution is not warranted as its almost a certainty that shareholders would vote in favor for the merger. And it’s not so much of the expectations of a business turnaround.

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