Local stocks weighed down by PH-Taiwan rift



MANILA, Philippines–The local stock barometer slipped for a second straight session on Friday amid a brewing Philippine-Taiwan row alongside some profit-taking and portfolio realignment.

The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index lost 31.07 points or 0.43 percent to close at 7,279.87 for the day.  The worst hit were the mining/oil (-1.91 percent) and property (-1.46 percent) counters.

For the week, the index firmed up by a modest 0.2 percent despite the pullback in the last two days.

Value turnover amounted to P13.41 billion for the day.  There were 65 advancers which were no match for 101 decliners while 44 stocks were unchanged.

Bucking the day’s downturn was Asia United Bank, which gained 9.47 percent to close at P104 per share on its first day of trading on the PSE.

Mining stocks continued to be battered by concerns on revenue-sharing scheme.  As such, the day’s steepest decliner among PSEi stocks was Philex (-4.96 percent).

Other index laggers for the day were SM Prime, AGI, URC, RLC, ALI, SMC, PLDT, Belle and SMIC.

On the other hand, the day’s biggest index gainers were Jollibee (+2.12 percent), JG Summit (+2.11 percent), BDO (+1.38 percent) and MWC (+1 percent).  Other index gainers were FGEN, Petron, BPI, Bloomberry, AC and ICTSI.

Joseph Roxas, president of Eagle Equities Inc., said the Philippine-Taiwan tension had some adverse impact on the market.  “It could affect the economy because of the number of Filipino workers in Taiwan,” Roxas said, adding that this was on top of the still ongoing diplomatic dispute with China and the recent standoff in Malaysia.

Tension with Taiwan escalated after a Taiwanese fisherman, whose fishing boat was purportedly in Philippine waters, was shot dead by the Philippine Coast Guard. Taiwan has frozen the hiring of Filipino workers, cut trade exchanges and discouraged travel to the Philippines despite an apology from President Aquino.

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  • lagalagdude

    Its time to boycott Taiwan useless products.

  • Prangka

    I don’t honestly believe Taiwanese would hurt Filipino workers because of one incident involving one Filipino and One Taiwanese. Otherwise, escalating these problems would only hurt the two countries furthermore. SO the hands are in the government to protect their people the best way they can. They should wise up to understand the easier and effective way to protect their nationals is not really to issue travel ban but to patch things up amicably as soon as possible especially for two countries ally with the US.

  • Bry T

    Stock market is in anyway should not be affected about the current disputes we have with Taiwan. We made our part, but they still refused to accept our apology and our other options to solve this untoward incident. I pity for those Filipino workers in Taiwan and for other applicants who are affected by their protest, however, the numbers we engaged with Taiwan in terms of business relations is not that significant to have our stocks slipped. Profit taking and portfolio realignment for me are the only cause.

  • upupperclassman

    Agibail just made us believe that Taiwan-Philippines will not affect our economy. The stock market is just tired after climbing too fast.

  • help_our_country

    Over-acting lang itong mga taiwanese na ito.Lilipas din yan galit nila .Isang fisherman compare sa maraming buhay na nasira dahil sa pagawaan ng shabu na ari ng mga tsekwa dito sa pinas!Hmmp!

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