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LOCAL BROKERAGE firm COL Financial Group, Inc. is “cautiously optimistic” that the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) would end the year at the 8,600 level, as it expects inflation to further slow down and the peso to strengthen against the US dollar.
HEAVYWEIGHTS dragged the main index on Wednesday as Mitsubishi Corp. reduced its stake in Ayala Corp. (AC) while the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) intent to wipe out all reclamation projects in Manila Bay hurt SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPH), which has ambitious projects set in the harbor.
THE MAIN INDEX opened the week on a positive note amid a recovery in banking stocks and news that the new real estate investment trusts (REIT) rules will be out in the first half of the year.
THE PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE index (PSEi) closed below the 7,500 mark on Friday and was lower on the week after climbing for five straight weeks, dragged down by Wall Street’s plunge ahead of a long Christmas weekend.