News Highlights: Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the imposition of P769mn fine on SMC for late penalty should send a strong signal to other listed firms on the need to adhere to comply with timely disclosures. Globe Telecom, Inc. (GLO)’s QR code-scan-to-pay feature for mobile wallet GCash has been made available in SM Investments Corporation’s (SM) SM Store. On the other hand, Inflation likely eased to 3.2% in November, lower than the intra‐year high of 3.5% in October, due mainly to more stable food prices during the month, as per the Department of Finance (DOF). Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) is also hesitating on passing the management of the power trading floor to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) since it deals with a complex commodity.
Mart dropped on continued profit-taking, PSEi @ 8,144: Mart dropped as much as 1.33% or 110 pts last Friday on continued profit‐taking. Among actively traded shares were: ALI (‐P0.60 at P42.20), MER (‐P9.60 at P305.40), BDO (+P1.00 at P147.00), SM (-‐P7.00 at P963.00), and GLO (-‐P34.00 at P1,796.00), on 9.74bn turnover. Losers outpaced gainers,59-‐134, with net foreign selling at P190.46mn.
Might see some recovery: Following prior session’s huge drop, bears and bulls are likely to continue exchanging hands before the market finds solid ground, though some recovery might be seen. Inflation remains steady and growth prospects are intact, so the correction phase may be temporary. Buy on dips and hold on to stocks with bullish capex rollout or 2018. Immediate support 8,050, resistance 8,300.
Asia trades mixed: Asia trades mixed after US tax bill vote gets delayed. Asia markets were mixed on Friday afternoon, giving up some of the early morning gains that came despite a positive lead from the U.S.
Shares lower: US equities scored lower Friday, after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia's ambassador. This offset moves from Republican Senators who claimed they have enough support to pass a sweeping tax overhaul.
Crude oil prices rose on extended output cut: Energy prices were in focus in the Friday session after OPEC and Russia agreed on Thursday to extend their oil output cuts to the end of 2018. The deal to cut oil output by 1.8mn bpd was adopted last winter and the agreement was due to end in March 2018, having already been extended once. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) climbed $0.96 to $58.36/barrel.
SMC fined P769mn by SEC:
Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the imposition of P769mn fine on SMC for late penalty should send a strong signal to other listed firms on the need to adhere to comply with timely disclosures. SEC chair Herbosa was cited, ‘We cannot give exemptions & it does not matter what your intentions were, with or without bad faith. The laws must be followed, especially if late.’
SM’s SM Store implements GLO’s scan‐to‐pay feature:
Globe Telecom, Inc. (GLO)’s QR code‐scan-to-pay feature for mobile wallet GCash has been made available in SM Investments Corporation’s (SM) SM Store. The feature allows consumers to pay for products and services by scanning QR codes displayed by merchants and stores.
BLFI received a PRS Aa credit rating:
Philippine Rating Services Corp. assigned a PRS Aa (corp.) issuer credit rating for BDO Leasing and Finance Inc. (BLFI) that indicates a strong capacity to meet its financial commitments relative to that of other Philippine corporates.
BPI’s glitch in June due to operational lapses:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) glitch incident in June was due to the lapses in the operations, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), wherein a programmer of the bank committed a mistake that resulted in the internal data processing error and incorrect balances were reflected in the accounts of depositors.
CPG launching P19Bn Art Park and ArtVenture:
Century Properties Group (CPG), through its subsidiary Century Limitless Corporation, is launching the P19-billion 54-hectare Batulao Artscapes, dubbed the World’s First Livable Art Park and ArtVenture Community in Batangas.
ABS warns against malware and phishing sites:
ABS‐CBN Corporation (ABS) reminded the public to stay away from all sites advertising complete episodes of ABS-CBN TV shows and full features films online other than authorized sites like TFC.tv, ABS‐CBN’s official accounts.
AGF to transforn into real estate by ISOC Holdings:
ISOC Holdings will hold a tender offer to acquire 43% of AG Finance, Incorporated (AGF) minority holders. The firm is owned by Michael Cosiquien (chair of MWIDE). ISOC plans to transform AGF into a real estate, energy or logistics firm, & is building a 2,412 sqm. cold storage facility.
ACR may venture into separate RES:
Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc (ACR) may venture into a separate retail electricity supply (RES), but this will depend on its distribution utility customers. For now, rules on retail electricity & open access (RCOA) are not applicable to Mindanao until WESM is in place, which is seen by 2018.
WEB gets PAGCOR approval to operate e‐games:
Philweb Corporation (WEB) has received from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) the go-signal to start offering e‐games.
Inflation likely at 3.2% in Nov:
Inflation likely eased to 3.2% in November, lower than the intra‐year high of 3.5% in October, due mainly to more stable food prices during the month, as per the Department of Finance (DOF). This is still broadly in line with the government’s 2‐4% target range.
Manufacturing growth higher in Nov:
The Philippine manufacturing sector grew to 54.8 points from October’s 53.7 on expansions in output and new orders. According to Nikkei Philippines 50 points indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.
SEC to release the draft of rules against crowdfunding:
Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to release the draft of SEC Rules and Regulations Governing Crowdfunding for public exposure and comment.
WESM not in favor of PSE takeover:
Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) is hesitating on passing the management of the power trading floor to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) since it deals with a complex commodity.
Post‐holiday delays expansion & hiring in 1Q18:
As per a survey from the BSP, more companies are putting on hold expansion plans as well as the hiring of additional workers for 1Q18 due to the post‐Christmas holiday blues as well as stiffer competition. Percentage of businesses with expansion plans in the industry sector for 1Q18 slipped to 31.1% from 32.8%.