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Exports fall a 4th month, widen trade gap

MERCHANDISE TRADE remained a drag on overall economic growth last quarter, as export receipts declined for the fourth straight month in March while import payments continued to increase.

Yields on gov’t debt flat

YIELDS on government securities (GS) were flat last week as investors await the release of major economic data in the coming days.

SMFB stock gets a lift amid expectations of easing inflation

EXPECTATIONS of better earnings this year led San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc. (SMFB) shares to be among the most active last week.

Feb. factory output down for third straight month

THE country’s industrial production posted its third consecutive month of decline in February, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday.

Yields on gov’t debt down on easing inflation

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) went down last week on lower inflation expectations and speculations of monetary easing.

2017 PSA survey shows 9 in 10 families have improved source...

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher NINETY-FOUR PERCENT (94%) of 24.354 million families have access to improved source of drinking water, according to the...

Going Flexible: A Q&A on KMC Solutions, Inc. on the future...

THE OFFICE workplace is usually associated with partially enclosed spaces and fixed working hours. Amid technological innovations and circumstances, however, it is no exception to changes. At present, the office could mean a flexible and open workspace — a stark contrast to the cramped environment employees are accustomed to.

Positive property outlook drives RLC share price higher

FOREIGNERS LOADED on Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) shares, making it one of the most actively traded stocks in the local bourse last week.

Inflation back on track at one-year low

INFLATION eased for the fourth straight month and on to target in February to post the lowest reading in 12 months, helped by milder increases in the prices of food and beverages, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

Inflation continues to decelerate in February

The increase in the prices of widely used goods continued to ease in February, the government reported this morning. Preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics...

Q4 boosts approved 2018 FDI pledges

THE GOVERNMENT approved more foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments in the country last year, fueled mostly by pledges in 2018’s last three months.

Are PHL banks ready to play with FIRe?

ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI), robotics, cloud computing, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are among the things that make up Industry 4.0 — more commonly known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). As these technology breakthroughs are becoming more evident in business and day-to-day living, how prepared is the country’s financial system in harnessing its potential benefits and at the same time, mitigating its potential costs?

Yields flat ahead of RTBs

YIELDS on government securities (GS) were flat last week ahead of the government’s retail Treasury bond (RTB) offering.

Bloomberry stock price gets lift from PSE index inclusion

BLOOMBERRY RESORTS Corp. was the second most actively traded stock last week following the announcement that it will be included in the 30-member Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) starting today (Feb. 18).

Philippines’ talent edge slips in index

THE PHILIPPINES led lower-middle-income economies in a 2019 talent competitiveness survey, in which the country nevertheless posted a lower score and rank compared to the previous year.

PHL looks to Israeli firms for agriculture technology, investment

THE Philippines is looking to tap Israeli expertise and investment to develop the agriculture sector, the Department of Agriculture said.

Foreign investors’ appetite for Jollibee remains strong

FOREIGNERS loaded up on Jollibee Foods Corp. shares, making it one of the most actively traded stocks in the local bourse last week.

Exports drop, imports slow in November; trade gap grows

SOFTENING MERCHANDISE TRADE in November put an end to the country’s five straight months of export growth and pulled import growth down to single-digit level, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday.

Exports drop, imports slow down in November

By Christine Joyce S. Castaneda Trade activity softened in November as exports declined while imports slowed. Preliminary results from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed merchandise...

Gov’t debt yields decline

YIELDS on government securities (GS) went down in the first trading week of the year amid lower inflation prospects.

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

ABOITIZ EQUITY Ventures, Inc. (AEV) was one of the most actively traded stocks last week following its buyback program and the death of its chairman.

Q3 FDI pledges biggest in nearly 2 years

APPROVED foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments rose to their highest level in nearly two years last quarter even as growth slowed from the preceding three months and a year ago, according to data the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Thursday.

Factory output growth decelerates

FACTORY PRODUCTION continued growth in October, albeit at its slowest pace so far this year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.

Local factories ramp up production in October: PSA

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda Philippine factories ramped up production in October, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning. Preliminary results of the PSA’s Monthly...

Financial markets outlook mixed for the rest of 2018

THE weaker-than-expected economic growth, coupled with persisting domestic inflation concerns and geopolitical tensions continue to send local financial markets on a spin in the July-September period, with local and foreign headwinds providing a mixed outlook on financial markets moving forward.

Gov’t debt yields end flat

YIELDS on government securities (GS) were flat last week amid the suspension of excise taxes on fuel and the central bank’s policy rate hike.

Yields on gov’t debt go up

YIELDS on government securities (GS) rose last week amid a high September inflation print coupled with negative sentiment on the trade war between US and China.

Ayala Corp. (AC)

AYALA Corp.’s (AC) growth prospects, coupled with macroeconomic concerns led foreign investors to sell their shares in the stock while local investors took positions, making it one of the most actively traded stocks last week.