The Daily Manila Shimbun


Stock market trading index, trading activity up in first half

July 1, 2017

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) closed at 7,843.16 on the last trading day of June, marking a 14.7 percent increase for the PSEi in the first six months of the year, a statement by the exchange said Friday. The All Shares index, on the other hand, rose 12.9 percent year to date. All sectoral indices also posted gains with the services index up the most, higher by 29.5 percent. Trading activity was brisk during the first half with daily average value turnover registering at P8.08 billion, up by 7.5 percent from the same period last year. The stock market also had a net foreign buying of P22.04 billion in the six month period. Market capitalization of companies listed at the PSE hit a record high of P16.42 trillion on June 14, 2017. Meantime, property developer SM Prime Holdings, Inc. also reached a record market capitalization of P1.01 trillion on June 9, 2017. This was the first time a domestic company breached the P1 trillion market capitalization mark. Market capitalization as of June 30 stood at P16.27 trillion. Capital raised in the first half of the year amounted to P106.74 billion. “We are pleased with the overall market performance in the first semester while capital raising activity remains on target. We believe the economy will continue to provide more growth for listed companies and attract more investors in the market,” said PSE President and CEO Ramon Monzon. “The passage of the tax reform bill and the infrastructure program of the government should help sustain the market’s growth momentum in the coming years,” Monzon added. DMS