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Merchandise trade starts 2019 with bigger deficit — PSA data

THE COUNTRY’s trade-in-goods deficit widened in January as exports declined and imports rebounded.

Better-than-expected profit boosts Metro Pacific’s share price

BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED earnings and renewed investor interest made the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) stock one of the most actively traded last week.

Yields on gov’t securities up slightly on retail bonds

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) went up slightly following the auction of retail Treasury bonds (RTB), the release of the US gross domestic product (GDP) growth report, and expectations of within-target domestic inflation.

Disaster Preparedness: How ready are the banks?

THE PHILIPPINES is among the most vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters and climate change. Last year saw 24 tropical depressions, 20 tropical storms, 16 typhoons, one super typhoon, and at least 13 earthquake episodes.

Outlier: Premiere Horizon shares up on market speculation

SPECULATION has made the Premiere Horizon Alliance Corp. (PHA) stock one of the most actively traded last week following their disclosure on plans to acquire companies engaged in real estate and tourism hospitality in the next two years – just a week after the news of the company securing P15-billion worth of funding from a Qatar-based investment firm.

Debt yields drop on GDP

YIELDS ON government securities (GS) fell slightly following data showing slower Philippine economic growth.

PHL growth slows to 6.2% in 2018

THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY expanded 6.1% in the fourth quarter at a pace slower than expectations, even as it remained above the six-percent mark, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

Economy expands 6.1% in fourth quarter, 6.2% in 2018

THE Philippine economy posted a 6.1% gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the fourth quarter of 2018, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning.

Inflation for low-income households eases in Nov.

INFLATION, as experienced by low-income families, softened in November driven by slowdowns in the growth of prices of food and utilities, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.

Yields on gov’t debt down

YIELDS ON government securities dipped last week amid lower inflation expectations, even as local players monitor external developments.

Rural banks still in the lending game

RURAL BANKS began to sprout in the 1950s when the countryside lacked basic financial services, which prompted the government to set up measures to incentivize the establishment of such lenders by way of lower interest and other perks. Prior to this, the main sources of credit were moneylenders in the informal sector that charged very high interest rates. Convenient and secured payment facilities in many rural communities hardly existed.

Aboitiz Power Corp.

ABOITIZ Power Corp. was one of the most actively traded stocks last week due to expectations of higher demand for energy in the closing months of 2018 as well as the company’s recent acquisition in Ayala-led AC Energy Inc.’s assets.

Yields on gov’t debt drop

YIELDS ON government securities declined last week following a correction, even amid a more hawkish central bank.

OUTLIER: Now Corp. (NOW)

NEWS of telecommunications firm Now Corp.’s purchase of bid documents for the third player selection, followed by its decision to sue the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) over the terms of reference sent its stock price moving last week.