News Highlights: SM Prime (SMPH) will be opening its 63rd mall, SM Cherry Antipolo on 30 June. Meanwhile, the government plans to initially issue $500mn worth of bonds to overseas workers (OFWs) in Saudi and the US, amid liquidity among OFWs.
Mart dipped as cyberattacks spook regional markets, PSEI @ 7,857: Local bourse fell amid global reports on recent cyber-attacks. PSEi ended 19 points lower at 7,857 (-0.24% day-on-day), with all sectors down primed by the property, financial, and industrial sectors. Among the actively traded shares were ALI (-P0.15 at P39.90), AC (-P1.00 at P841.50), and GTCAP (+P2.00 at P1,205) on P6.6bn turnover. Net foreign selling was recorded at P198mn.
Might rebound: Mart might recover some losses following Wall Street’s performance and in preparation for the quarter-end portfolio realignments. Immediate support is 7,830 resistance at 7,900.
ASIA Marts down:
Asian marts down following the ‘enigma network’ that shook the Hong Kong Market and cyberattacks threaten regional markets. Japan shares also dropped as tech stocks underperformed.
Shares rallied: Shares ended up higher as bank stocks surge ahead of the Fed’s stress test results. S&P 500 posts its biggest 1-day gain in 2 months
Oil rebounds: Oil is slowly recovering its losses from last week as surplus concerns ease. West Texas Intermediate rose $0.50 to $44.74/barrel.
SMPH opens 63rd mall:
SM Prime (SMPH) will be opening its 63rd mall, SM Cherry Antipolo on 30 June. The newest mall offers 27,000sqm of gross floor area, with 55% already leased to tenants. The addition provides a stronger foothold in the eastern part of Metro Manila. SMPH targets to open 75 shopping malls by end-2018.
JGS scouts for EPC contractor for petrochem unit:
JG Summit Holdings (JGS) is seeking an EPC contractor for its $700mn 5-segment petrochemical project expansion. JGS already issued an invitation for bidding, with expectations of awarding the contract within the year.
FNI sees better nickel performance:
Global Ferronickel Holdings (FNI) sees nickel sales to increase in the next few years buoyed by favorable prices in the world market, higher shipment and rising demand. Based on projections, nickel demand would increase 3% annually until 2020 amid urbanization and infrastructure modernization in Asia.
Gov’t to offer bond issuance to OFWs:
The government plans to initially issue $500mn worth of bonds to overseas workers (OFWs) in Saudi and the US, amid liquidity among OFWs. Finance Department (DoF) added that this could provide a safer, more secure, and higher yielding instruments. However, note that the investor appetite in those countries needs to be assessed before an offer is structured.