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Top PSE Stocks to Watch in 2019




Let’s recap the performance of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) last year and find out the winning and losing stocks of 2018! This can help guide us in choosing the best stocks to invest in this new year 2019.

2018 PSE Performance in Review

The year 2018 was undeniably a rough year for investors. The PSE closed the year with a negative one-year return of -12.76%, which means if you invested P100,000 at the beginning of 2018, this investment is now just worth P87,240.00 by the end of the year.

(See also: Annual Performance of PSE Stocks and Year-End Closing Prices)

That certainly hurts, because it translates to a monetary loss of P12,760 on a P100,000 investment. Don’t worry, though, because unless you sold your stock holdings, this remains to be unrealized, paper loss. There is possibility of capital recovery, but you’ll have to wait when stock prices rise again.

The PSE’s negative performance in 2018 is a stark contrast from the +25.11% full-year return just a year before that, in 2017.

As can be seen from the graph above, stock investing is undoubtedly volatile and fickle. The fluctuating returns prove that we cannot expect consistent and sustained gains or losses in the long run. The good news, though, is that the PSE had more years of gains than losses from 2008 to 2018.

At the same time, it is noteworthy to point out that from 2009 until 2014, Philippine stocks were able to achieve six (6) years of continuous, back-to-back-to-back yearly gains. Those who were able to ride this 6-year wave certainly made money.

The best performance of the PSE in the past 10 years was in 2009 with an astounding full-year returns of +63.00%. This means your P100,000 investment would have grown to P163,000 in just one year.

The worst year, meanwhile, was in 2008 at the height of the global economic crisis. The PSE booked a full-year loss of -48.29% which sadly means a P100,000 capital would have shrunk to just P51,710 — your money cut in half — after just one year!

For now, let’s focus on 2018 and find out which stocks in the PSE earned the distinction of being the Best and Worst Stock Performers 2018 in terms of returns.

All eyes are on the best performing stocks, as investors bet on whether these stocks can replicate their topnotch performance this year. Have they reached their peak or is the upsurge just starting? Which stocks are your top bets this 2019?

Best Stock Gainers (Top 10 Winners) in 2018

 Stock CodeCompanyPrice Gain % (Jan-Dec 2018)Jan. 2018 Starting PriceDec. 2018 Last Price
1HVNGolden Bria Holdings1,377.00%22.00325.00
2ISMISM Communications Corp327.66%1.416.03
3ATNATN Holdings230.23%0.431.42
4ATNBATN Holdings "B"202.13%0.471.42
5IRCPhilippine Infradev Holdings200.00%0.752.25
6SGPSynergy Grid & Dev't Phils197.61%180.10536.00
7ABAAbaCore Capital Holdings103.33%0.300.61
8VULVulcan Industrial and Mining102.53%0.791.60
9MHCMabuhay Holdings Corp.93.44%0.300.59
10PXPPXP Energy Corp.82.69%8.3215.20

At the same time, speculators are monitoring last year’s list of worst performing stocks to see if these top losers can turn their stock prices around and pull off a price recovery this year. Is 2019 their time to shine?

Worst Stock Performers (Top 10 Losers) in 2018

 Stock CodeCompanyPrice Loss % (Jan-Dec 2018)Jan. 2018 Starting PriceDec. 2018 Last Price
1XXurpas Inc.-66.47%5.131.72
2CHPCemex Holdings Phils-60.91%4.861.90
3WEBPhilWeb.com-58.24%7.713.22
4DDDoubleDragon Properties-55.12%39.7517.84
5MACAYMacay Holdings Inc.-53.46%20.809.68
6PXPhilex Mining-51.72%6.403.09
7STISTI Holdings-50.31%1.590.79
8ATAtlas Consolidated Mining-48.80%5.002.56
9EWEast West Bank-45.91%22.0011.90
10HLCMHolcim Philippines Inc.-45.39%10.625.80

How did your stock holdings fare last year? If they’re not in the Top 10 Gainers and Losers list above, you can check their performance in the complete list below.

Here’s the full 1-year performance of all stocks traded in the PSE in 2018.

2018 Performance of All PSE Stocks

 Stock CodeCompanyPrice Gain / Loss % (Jan-Dec 2018)Jan. 2018 Starting PriceDec. 2018 Last Price
12GO2GO Group-27.40%18.9813.78
2ABAtok-Big3.34%14.9815.48
3ABAAbaCore Capital103.33%0.300.61
4ABGAsiabest Group49.60%17.3826.00
5ABSABS-CBN-42.86%35.0020.00
6ACAyala Corp-13.46% 1,040.00 900.00
7ACEAcesite Phils0.72%1.391.40
8ACRAlsons Cons-4.48%1.341.28
9AEVAboitiz Equity-26.17%74.5055.00
10AGIAlliance Global-27.53%16.4211.90
11ALCOArthaland9.09%0.880.96
12ALHIAnchor Land-11.71%12.9811.46
13ALIAyala Land-10.77%45.5040.60
14ANIAgri Nurture37.32%12.3817.00
15ANSA Soriano-7.67%7.046.50
16APAboitiz Power-15.32%41.4535.10
17APCAPC Group-14.74%0.470.41
18APLApollo Global-4.88%0.0410.039
19APOAnglo-Phils-11.11%0.990.88
20APXApex Mng5.70%1.581.67
21ARAbra Mining-13.04%0.00230.0020
22ARAAraneta Prop-24.78%2.301.73
23ATAtlas Cons Mng-48.80%5.002.56
24ATIAsian Terminal17.63%11.8013.88
25ATNATN Holdings230.23%0.431.42
26ATNBATN Holdings B202.13%0.471.42
27AUBAsia United-1.17%60.0059.30
28BCBenguet Corp-14.29%1.751.50
29BCBBenguet Corp B-14.29%1.751.50
30BCORBerjaya Phils-28.57%6.304.50
31BDOBDO Unibank-18.76%161.00130.80
32BELBelle Corp-39.84%3.842.31
33BHBHI Holdings-15.13% 1,474.00 1,251.00
34BKRBright Kindle-24.24%1.981.50
35BLFIBDO Leasing-42.82%3.832.19
36BLOOMBloomberry-18.46%11.549.41
37BMMBogo Medellin-29.44%139.1098.15
38BPIBPI Bank-12.13%106.9794.00
39BRNA Brown Co.-25.00%1.040.78
40BSCBasic Energy9.09%0.2200.240
41CAConcrete Agg7.36%60.5064.95
42CABConcrete Agg B-6.53%83.5078.05
43CATCAD Tarlac-19.35%19.8416.00
44CDCCityland Dev-25.64%1.170.87
45CEBCebu Air-26.76%99.9573.20
46CEICrown Equities2.62%0.2290.235
47CEUCEU-11.46%8.817.80
48CHICebu Holdings9.45%5.826.37
49CHIBChina Banking-18.62%33.3027.10
50CHPCemex-60.91%4.861.90
51CICConcepcion-41.27%63.0037.00
52CIPChemical Ind's2.42%165.00169.00
53CLCChelsea-25.58%8.686.46
54CLICebu Landmaster-13.75%4.804.14
55CNPFCentury Pacific-5.00%16.0015.20
56COALCoal Asia-4.76%0.320.30
57COLCOL Financial5.45%15.4016.24
58COSCOCosco Capital-12.17%7.646.71
59CPGCentury Prop-10.42%0.480.43
60CPMCentury Peak28.40%1.622.08
61CROWNCrown Asia-5.26%1.901.80
62CSBCitystate Bank-16.23%9.067.59
63CYBRCyber Bay-15.56%0.450.38
64DAVINDa Vinci Cap23.34%5.276.50
65DDDoubleDragon-55.12%39.7517.84
66DELMDel Monte-42.00%11.006.38
67DFNNDFNN9.70%7.017.69
68DIZDizon Copper0.83%7.217.27
69DMCDMCI Holdings-9.62%14.1412.78
70DMWDM Wenceslao-23.98%10.267.80
71DNLDNL Industries-1.08%11.1010.98
72DWCDiscovery World-10.04%2.392.15
73EAGLEEagle Cement6.04%14.5815.46
74ECPEasycall-11.72%16.9014.92
75EEIEEI Corp-33.19%11.907.95
76ELIEmpire East-24.22%0.640.48
77EMPEmperador-5.83%7.557.11
78EUROEuro-Med2.41%1.661.70
79EVEREver Gotesco-17.69%0.1470.121
80EWEast West-45.91%22.0011.90
81FAFFirst Abacus0.00%0.720.72
82FBSM Food and Bev55.30%52.8082.00
83FDCFilinvest Dev53.25%7.7011.80
84FERROFerronoux Hldgs29.57%3.454.47
85FEUFEU-8.25%970.00890.00
86FFIFilipino Fund-4.94%7.707.32
87FGENFirst Gen18.09%16.9219.98
88FJPFJ Prince17.26%4.525.30
89FJPBFJ Prince B-7.32%5.605.19
90FLIFilinvest Land-25.40%1.891.41
91FNIGlobal Ferro-38.52%2.701.66
92FOODAlliance Select70.97%0.621.06
93FPHFirst Phil Holdings3.52%62.5564.75
94FPIForum Pacific10.05%0.1990.219
95GEOGEOGRACE-0.96%0.2080.206
96GERIGlobal-Estate-22.07%1.451.13
97GLOGlobe Telecom1.33% 1,875.00 1,900.00
98GMA7GMA Network-7.48%5.885.44
99GPHGrand Plaza H-22.65%12.9810.04
100GREENGreenergy28.39%1.551.99
101GSMIGinebra0.56%26.6026.75
102GTCAPGT Capital-21.95% 1,249.28 975.00
103HIHouse of Inv-20.79%7.365.83
104HLCMHolcim-45.39%10.625.80
105HOUSE8990 Holdings20.90%6.708.10
106HVNGolden Bria1,377.00%22.00325.00
107II-Remit-15.00%1.801.53
108ICTICTSI-7.41%108.00100.00
109IDCItalpinas-35.19%7.484.85
110IMII. Micro-Elec-38.64%17.2710.60
111IMPImperial Res-29.17%2.641.87
112IONIonics-14.22%2.111.81
113IPMIPM Holdings-1.44%8.328.20
114IPOiPeople-14.50%13.1011.20
115IRCPhil Infradev200.00%0.752.25
116ISIsland Info-8.51%0.1410.129
117ISMISM Comm.327.66%1.416.03
118JASJackstones7.62%3.153.39
119JFCJollibee Foods14.25%255.40291.80
120JGSJG Summit-27.19%76.5055.70
121JOHJolliville17.71%5.766.78
122KEPKeppel Prop-29.32%4.983.52
123KPHKeppel Holdings-10.74%5.404.82
124KPHBKeppel Holdings-8.40%5.364.91
125LANDCity and Land-21.71%1.090.85
126LBCLBC Express-14.44%16.4814.10
127LCLepanto Cons-26.80%0.1530.112
128LCBLepanto Cons B-27.22%0.1580.115
129LFMLiberty Flour-23.14%58.5545.00
130LIHCLodestar Inv-20.00%0.700.56
131LMGLMG Chemicals3.61%4.154.30
132LOTOPacific Online-10.00%11.109.99
133LPZLopez Holdings-29.33%5.664.00
134LRLeisure Resort-14.21%3.803.26
135LSCLorenzo Ship-32.20%1.180.80
136LTGLT Group-11.42%18.7416.60
137MAManila Mng-25.53%0.00940.0070
138MABManila Mng B-34.34%0.00990.0065
139MACMacroasia-2.00%17.3517.00
140MACAYMacay Holdings-53.46%20.809.68
141MAHMetro Alliance-40.29%3.502.09
142MAHBMetro AllianceB-33.24%3.402.27
143MARCMarcventures-32.95%1.761.18
144MAXSMax's Group-44.00%18.3210.26
145MBManila Bulletin-36.21%0.580.37
146MBCMBC Company-10.66%18.2016.26
147MBTMetro Bank-19.05%100.0080.95
148MEDMEDCO Holdings-19.83%0.580.47
149MEGMegaworld-10.04%5.284.75
150MERMeralco15.15%330.00380.00
151MFCManulife Fin'l-26.47% 1,020.00 750.00
152MFINMakati Finance-0.01%2.732.73
153MGMillenium-13.73%0.2040.176
154MHCMabuhay Holdings93.44%0.300.59
155MJCManila Jockey9.00%5.005.45
156MJICMJC Inv-22.66%3.312.56
157MPIMetro Pac. Inv.-31.56%6.784.64
158MRCMRC Allied32.35%0.340.45
159MRPMelco Resorts-7.64%7.857.25
160MRSGIMetro Retail-34.99%3.832.49
161MVCMabuhay Vinyl3.12%3.203.30
162MWCManila Water3.10%27.4028.25
163MWIDEMegawide3.35%17.9018.50
164NINIHAO Mineral-27.52%1.491.08
165NIKLNickel Asia-40.00%3.672.20
166NOWNow Corp.20.70%2.853.44
167NRCPNat'l Reinsure-6.19%0.970.91
168OMOmico36.36%0.440.60
169OPMOriental Pet0.00%0.0130.013
170OPMBOriental Pet B8.33%0.0120.013
171OREOriental Pen1.08%0.930.94
172OVPhilodrill18.18%0.0110.013
173PAPacifica-15.91%0.0440.037
174PALPAL Holdings-26.67%11.368.33
175PAXPaxys, Inc.16.07%2.803.25
176PBBPhil Bsns Bank-4.92%12.6011.98
177PBCPhil Bank Comm-16.70%24.2520.20
178PCORPetron-16.47%9.237.71
179PERCPetroenergy-38.66%5.713.50
180PGOLDPuregold-12.69%49.2543.00
181PHAPremiereHorizon-8.45%0.350.33
182PHENPHINMA Energy-29.45%1.631.15
183PHESPhil Estate34.29%0.350.47
184PHNPhinma8.21%8.409.09
185PHRPH Resorts-7.63%5.905.45
186PIPPepsi-Cola-38.53%2.181.34
187PIZZAShakey's-11.19%13.4011.90
188PLCPremium Leisure-38.46%1.300.80
189PMPCPanasonic-32.68%8.695.85
190PNBPNB-25.20%57.1542.75
191PNXPhoenix-15.96%12.7810.74
192POPIPrime Orion15.61%2.052.37
193PPCPryce Corp-14.07%6.755.80
194PPGPHINMA Pet67.66%2.013.37
195PRCPhil Racng Club6.64%8.899.48
196PRIMPrim Media8.85%1.131.23
197PRMXPrimex Corp-38.11%5.723.54
198PSBPS Bank-21.38%79.2562.30
199PSEPSE-24.73%239.15180.00
200PTCPhil Trust Co21.10%119.90145.20
201PXPhilex Mng-51.72%6.403.09
202PXPPXP Energy82.69%8.3215.20
203RCBRCBC-44.79%51.6228.50
204RCIRoxas and Co-23.85%2.601.98
205REGRepublic Glass-0.76%2.642.62
206RFMRFM Corp-1.61%4.974.89
207RLCRobinson Land-3.27%20.8320.15
208RLTPhil Realty-31.45%0.620.42
209ROCKRockwell Land-4.74%2.112.01
210ROXRoxas Holdings-33.25%4.002.67
211RRHIRobinsons Ret.-17.53%97.0080.00
212RWMTravellers34.43%3.955.31
213SBSSBS Philippines29.76%5.787.50
214SCCSemirara Mining-36.15%36.1023.05
215SECBSecurity Bank-38.93%253.80155.00
216SEVNPhil Seven8.30%114.50124.00
217SFISwift Foods-4.58%0.1310.125
218SGISolid Group-20.96%1.671.32
219SGPSynergy Grid197.61%180.10536.00
220SHLPHPilipinas Shell-23.60%62.5047.75
221SHNGShang Prop-0.32%3.133.12
222SLFSun Life-6.49% 1,925.00 1,800.00
223SLISta. Lucia Land22.55%1.021.25
224SMSM Investments-11.78% 1,040.00 917.50
225SMCSan Miguel28.05%114.80147.00
226SMPHSM Prime-7.61%38.7535.80
227SOCSOCResources-5.13%0.780.74
228SPCSPC Power-1.09%5.505.44
229SPMSeafront0.00%2.602.60
230SSISSI Group-26.77%3.252.38
231SSPSFA Semicon-26.94%1.931.41
232STISTI Holdings-50.31%1.590.79
233STRStarmalls-41.94%9.305.40
234SUNSuntrust Home-12.94%0.850.74
235TTKC Metals-28.57%1.190.85
236TBGITranspacific60.00%0.280.44
237TECHCirtek Holdings-36.84%49.0030.95
238TELPLDT-24.85% 1,497.00 1,125.00
239TFCPTFC19.40%33.5040.00
240TFHITop Frontier-12.72%286.20249.80
241TUGSHarbor Star-37.10%4.692.95
242UBPUnion Bank-23.88%84.0263.95
243UPMUnited Paragon-21.43%0.00700.0055
244URCUniv Robina-17.53%154.00127.00
245VVantage-6.35%1.261.18
246VITAVitarich3.11%1.931.99
247VLLVista Land-9.53%5.985.41
248VMCVictorias-18.25%2.852.33
249VULVulcan Ind'l102.53%0.791.60
250VVTVivant-26.77%23.0516.88
251WEBPhilWeb.com-58.24%7.713.22
252WINWellex Ind29.32%0.1910.247
253WLCONWilcon Depot51.81%8.3012.60
254WPIWaterfront Phil-29.29%0.990.70
255XXurpas-66.47%5.131.72
256ZHIZeus Holdings8.78%0.2050.223

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