The Market Call | February 2020

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Macroeconomy The PH economy’s return to fast growth in H2-2020 should be supported by resurgent domestic demand, infrastructure and consumption. COVID-19 and Taal volcano eruption will negatively impact growth especially in Q1. Higher residential and construction of various PPP projects, along with the improvement in manufacturing activities and strong NG spending, should provide the added impetus. Fixed-Income Market BSP’s policy... Read More

The Market Call | January 2020

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Macroeconomy GDP growth accelerated to 6.4% in Q4, due to robust government and infrastructure spending and softer inflation. These same factors, along with a low base and positive employment print, should sustain faster growth in 2020. Robust residential and commercial building demand and the various Private-Public Partnership (PPP) projects should also further stoke investment demand. Inflation will likely stay within... Read More

The Market Call | December 2019

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Macroeconomy Recent economic indicators point to a stronger Q4 and on 2020, with positive employment print and poverty data indicating better investment numbers for the last quarter of 2019. Household consumption would still benefit from this, softer inflation (on average) and low interest rates. The National Government (NG) will continue to ramp up infrastructure spending amidst the still-large fiscal space.... Read More

Weekly Equities Summary and Outlook : September 2 – September 6, 2019

Equities Outlook Outlook. Expect the market to consolidate this week to 7,700-8,000 level but with an upward bias as investors bet on fresh global stimulus amid weak economic data from China, US and EU. More support measures are expected from China after its exports surprisingly drop in August as shipments to the US sharply declined, while weakening jobs trend in... Read More

The Market Call | August 2019

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Macroeconomy The expected rebound in government spending, the improvement in external trade, and below-2% inflation by August should help boost economic performance in the last quarters of 2019. Moreover, we think that real economy and financial markets will be boosted by the anticipated cut in US and local policy rates. Fixed-Income Market The global economic slowdown and trade war impacted... Read More