Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited (0440) Declined -0.302% on Mar 15

March 15, 2018 - By Richard Conner

Shares of Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited (HKG:0440) last traded at 49.6, representing a move of -0.302%, or -0.15 per share, on volume of 45,600 shares. After opening the trading day at 49.5, shares of Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited traded in a close range. Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited currently has a total float of 335.08 million shares and on average sees 309,483 shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 47.05 and high of 66.

Hang Seng Index: Driving Hong Kong Economy

Hang Seng Index (HSI) is the primary index of equities listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK). The index is market capitalization-weighted and float adjusted. As such, it records and monitors the changes of the largest Hong Kong companies. For investors HSI is the main indictor of the performance of Hong Kong stocks. Stocks of Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited company can also be found in HSI.

As a free float adjusted index, HSI excludes restricted shares held by company insiders and other strategic investors such as government and venture capitalists because these holdings tend to be inactive. Instead, HSI tracks the performance of stocks freely available for trade.

HSI has 50 constitutes whose combined market cap equates to about 60% of all stocks listed on SEHK. Experts check all stocks from Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited. The components of the index are classified under four sectors, sometimes called sub-indexes, for clarity. Sectors in the index include Energy, Material, Utilities and Financials. Energy is the largest sector in the index.

Eligibility for inclusion in HSI

Candidate stock for inclusion in the index must belong to the group of stocks that make top 90% of total market value of common shares. Additionally, the stock must belong to the group that comprises 90% of the total turnover on SEHK.

Though HSI requires that a company should have a listing history of at least 24 months before it can be considered for inclusion in the benchmark index, there are exceptions. For instance, a new stock can be added to the index after only three months if it meets certain strict requirements. Financial performance, stock liquidity and representation of sectors also determine whether or not a stock can be added to the index. Liquidity of Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited allows it to be a part of HIS.

HSI is rebalanced quarterly where constituents that fall short of the listing requirements are dropped and eligible constitutes are added. The index is also updated to take care of rights issue, which usually impacts the market capitalization of its components.

The index is operated by a unit of Hang Seng Bank called Hang Seng Indexes Company. Hang Seng Bank is a publicly traded company on SEHK and it is one of the largest by market cap.

HSI was first published on November 24, 1969. However, the index was established years earlier with a base value of 100 points, representing the total value of Hong Kong stocks as of close of market on July 31, 1964. The index sank to its lifetime low of 58.61 points in August 1967. HSI hit the 10,000-point milestone for the first time in December 1993 and notched the 20,000-point milestone in December 2006. The index reached a lifetime high of 31638.22 points in October 2007.

Investor appetite for Hong Kong stocks

Investing in Hong Kong stocks has become hot lately amid an influx of retail investors betting bet on Hong Kong’s bright growth prospects. High corporate governance standards and a rapidly expanding affluent population are two other reasons Hong Kong stocks appeal to a growing number of domestic and international investors. As per CG Watch, a bi-annual report, Hong Kong ranked second with 65 points out of possible 100 points among 12 Asian markets in 2016 corporate governance survey. But Hong Kong ranked first in the last CG Watch report published in 2014. Investors may find reports on Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited interested to their attention. Singapore topped the list with 67 points in corporate governance survey for 2016.

More notable recent Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited (HKG:0440) news were published by: Reuters.com which released: “Exclusive: Dah Sing to sell insurance unit to China’s Thaihot for $1.4 billion” on June 02, 2016, also Bloomberg.com with their article: “Dah Sing Surges on Sale of Insurance Unit for $1.4 Billion” published on June 02, 2016, Reuters.com published: “Dah Sing gets five bids for insurance unit, top offer about $1.3 bln -sources” on May 12, 2016. More interesting news about Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited (HKG:0440) were released by: Bloomberg.com and their article: “Dah Sing, Bank of East Asia Surge After Investor Seeks BEA Sale” published on February 05, 2016 as well as Bloomberg.com‘s news article titled: “Get Hong Kong Insurers While They’re Hot” with publication date: March 22, 2017.

Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, provides banking, insurance, financial, and other related services in the People's Republic of China. The company has market cap of $16.62 billion. It operates through Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, Treasury, Overseas Banking, and Insurance divisions. It has a 8.78 P/E ratio. The Personal Banking segment accepts deposits from individual customers; and provides residential mortgage loans, personal loans, overdrafts, vehicle financing, and credit card services, as well as insurance sales and investment services.

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