Philippine shares end higher Monday on bargain-hunting

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine shares closed higher Monday, with bargain-hunting lifting a clutch of blue chips despite lingering concerns over the political and security situation, traders said. 

The 30-company Philippine Stock Exchange Index rose 9.09 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1201.92 after falling 25.59 points Friday. Altogether, the main index lost 52.51 points last week. 

The broader All Shares Index gained 3.96 points to 772 after sliding 11.71 points Friday to 768.04. 

"Again, it's bargain-hunters coming to the rescue of the market,'' Mark Canizares, an analyst at, told Dow Jones Newswires. "The market is playing a bit of catch-up.'' 

Gainers beat losers 25 to 16, with 50 stocks unchanged. 

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. was the primary focus of bargain hunters, advancing 1.9 percent to 545 pesos. 

Metrobank, Petron and Jollibee joined PLDT on the buy list. Metrobank climbed 3.7 percent to 28 pesos, Jollibee rose 1.5 percent to 17.25 pesos, and Petron advanced 1.1 percent to 1.90 pesos. 

Traders said the market's gains were tempered by political concerns, the latest of which was the resignation Friday of National Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, the latest casualty of the failed mutiny in July. 

Traders said the peso's volatility is also keeping foreign investors from the stock market as a depreciation of the currency undercuts the value of local investments. - AP 

For more foreign business news click here


Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Business News

Bursa recoups nearly all its losses as KLCI climbs above 1,600
UiTM Solar Power Dua plans RM100m green SRI Sukuk
Malaysia to charge Top Glove over worker accommodations, government says
Banks demonstrate resilient credit portfolios, S&P Ratings says
Quick take: Press Metal climbs to record, aluminium prices at two-year high
Malaysia records RM109.8b approved investments in Jan-Sept
Nikkei ends near 29-1/2-year high on vaccine, stimulus hopes
Singapore central bank urges prudence in property purchases
All EPF branches to open from Wednesday
Sime Darby divests three river ports in China for RM181.1m

Stories You'll Enjoy