Best Performing PSEi Stocks — 1st Quarter 2014

James Ryan Jonas

The 1st quarter of the year 2014 is over.  The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), a basket of 30 listed companies generally considered a barometer of the country’s economic health, increased 9.15% in value during the past three months.

This benchmark return can be used to gauge the performance of a stock listed in the PSE. Those with higher year-to-date returns are said to beat the performance of the PSEi — a good thing — while those with lower returns are said to underperform the index — a sign of slower growth or negative outlook for the company.

Fourteen (14) of the 30 index companies were able to post returns higher than the 9.15% benchmark PSEi return.

The Top 5 Biggest PSEi Gainers are:

  1. Semirara Mining Co. (SCC): +43.36%
  2. First Gen (FGEN): +33.81%
  3. JG Summit Holdings (JGS): +26.92%
  4. Megaworld Corp. (MEG): +26.59%
  5. DMCI Holdings (DMC): +20.69%

Sixteen (16) index stocks failed to match the PSEi’s 1st quarter return, with four stocks even registering negative growth during the past three months.

The Top 5 Biggest PSEi Underperformers are:

  1. Petron Corp. (PCOR): -16.74%
  2. Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC): -2.79%
  3. SM Prime Holdings (SMPH): -2.67%
  4. SM Investments Corp. (SM): -1.47%
  5. Metrobank (MBT): +0.13%

To know which other index stocks are beating or underperforming the PSEi, refer to our table below summarizing the year-to-date performance of the 30-company PSE index.

PeriodPSE Market Return (Rm)
5 Years0.81%
10 Years4.99%
15 Years5.98%
20 Years9.46%
25 Years3.29%
30 Years6.25%

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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.