Philippine stocks soar on US Fed rate cut

James Ryan Jonas

The Philippine stock market welcomed the decision of the US Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points, ending the trading day higher by 2.23% or 73.23 points to close at 3,362.98.

Total shares traded yesterday were 3.3 billion valued at P3.9 billion. Gainers swamped decliners 96 to 23, with 40 stocks unchanged.

Online trading site BPITrade expects the market to continue its upswing today, with initial resistance at 3400. 

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.