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Local stocks climb to record high anew

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed to a record high on the first trading day of 2018, closing at 8,724.13, up by 165.71 points or 1.9 percent.
Value turnover was at P7.29 billion, with net foreign buying at P348 million.
“The back-to-back closing at new record highs on the first trading day of 2018 and last trading day of 2017 is an auspicious sign for our stock market.
Investor confidence and optimism were very apparent in today’s trading and we hope our market will remain robust for most of the year,” said PSE president and CEO Ramon S. Monzon.
The PSE marked the first trading day of the year with a special bell ringing ceremony at the Ayala and Tektite Trading Floors.
Foreign funds continue to pour into the Philippines’ equities market, boosting not only the main index but also the peso yesterday.
A trader pointed this to investors’ sentiment on the domestic economy due in part to the implementation of the first part of tax reform program’s Package 1 starting this month.
The trader said investors expressed hopes that the tax reform program would further improve the government’s capacity to fund its infrastructure program, among others, and further improve its growth prospects.
With views remaining up, all the other indices tracked the main gauge with the broader All Shares rising by 1.30 percent, or 64.68 points, to 5,054.65 points.
Holding Firms led the sectors with a 2.95 percent increased followed by the Property, 2.27 percent; Services, 1.05 percent; Mining and Oil, 0.84 percent; Industrial, 0.61 percent; and Financials, 0.47 percent.
Volume for the day reached 712.83 million shares amounting to P7.29 billion.
Gainers led losers at 118 to 102 while 38 shares remained unchanged.
The peso ended the trading at 49.81, way better than its 49.93 close on Dec. 29, 2017.
Its latest close was the local unit’s strongest after its 49.63 finish on June 15, 2017.
The trader said the peso benefits from the positive outlook on the economy even as investors remain expectant for more increases in the Federal Reserve’s key rates this year.
The peso’s strength showed early on after the unit opened the year’s trading at 49.80 from 49.90 in the last trading day of 2017.
It ranged between its opening level and 49.92 resulting to an average of 49.85.
Volume totaled to $634.2 million, lower than the $742.2 million.
The trader expects the currency pair to trade between 49.80 and 50.00 today.

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