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Philippines recovers on bargain-hunting, Vietnam up 1.5pc

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by December 18, 2017 General

Vietnam shares jump nearly 1.5 per cent with financials and utilities driving the surge. — File picVietnam shares jump nearly 1.5 per cent with financials and utilities driving the surge. — File picSINGAPORE, Dec 18 — Philippine stocks rose 0.5 per cent today as investors hunted for bargains after Friday’s sharp fall, while Vietnam shares jumped nearly 1.5 per cent with financials and utilities driving the surge.

Real estate stocks such as SM Prime Holdings Inc and Ayala Land were the biggest gainers in the Philippines. SM Prime climbed as much as 2.2 per cent, while Ayala Land rose up to 1.4 per cent.

Investor sentiment was also upbeat after the World Bank said after market hours on Friday that the Philippine economy is expected to expand at a slightly quicker pace in 2017 than earlier forecast.

“The market went down sharply on Friday, and today is some bargain-hunting ahead of a possible window dressing by the end of the year,” said Manny Cruz, an analyst with Asiasec Equities Inc in Manila.

The Philippine Stock Exchange PSEI Index, which has been South-east Asia’s second best performer this year with a gain of about 22 per cent as of Friday’s close, had shed 1.5 per cent in the previous session.

Last week, it had added 0.4 per cent as the Congress approved a much-awaited tax reform bill that President Rodrigo Duterte needs to push ahead to realise his economic agenda.

Cruz said, “This will be the backbone of the government in the structural development starting next year.”

Vietnam shares rose as much as 1.6 per cent with Petrovietnam Gas Joint Stock Corp and Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet Nam leading the gains.

Petrovietnam Gas rose 4.4 per cent, while Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet Nam was up 2.9 per cent.

Singapore shares dropped 0.3 per cent with Singapore Telecommunications declining over 3 per cent.

Data showed that the city-state’s non-oil exports growth slowed significantly to 9.1 per cent in November, compared with October’s double-digit surge.

Indonesian stocks fell 0.5 per cent, hurt by losses in consumer discretionary and financial stocks.

An index of the country’s 45 most liquid stocks fell as much as 0.7 per cent. — Reuters

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