The Philippine Star

PSEi leads gains in emerging Asia


The Philippine­s led gains among emerging Asian stock markets yesterday after an upbeat jobs report, while optimism around further coronaviru­s vaccine developmen­ts supported hopes of an economic recovery.

Other emerging currencies favor of riskier assets as Britain and stocks benefited from invesaimed to start vaccinatin­g cititors shunning the US dollar in zens next week, while investors weighed possibilit­ies for more US stimulus.

The Philippine Stock Exchange index or PSEi surged for the third straight session after data showed the country’s unemployme­nt rate in October eased further from a recordhigh hit in April, as coronaviru­s curbs were gradually lifted.

“It’s good. Indeed, markets are reacting to the improving unemployme­nt numbers,” said Ruben Carlo Asuncion, chief economist at the Union Bank of the Philippine­s.

“Overall, the prospects are good and positive,” Asuncion said, though he flagged “cautious optimism” in the absence of a vaccine in the country and concerns about new infections.

The PSEi closed at 7,194.13, up 113.51 points or 1.6 percent while the broader All Shares gauge gained 51.16 points or 1.21 percent to finish at 4,273.25.

Traders said market investors are still hunting for bargains, maximizing opportunit­ies following good prices in recent days.

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