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Online trading link of 4 ASEAN stock markets

I read on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) website today that there is a current proposal among four (4) Southeast Asian countries to interconnect their stock markets.

According to the press release, the trading link which is expected to electronically interconnect the stock markets of the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore will most probably go live by the end of 2011.

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Window Dressing to push stock prices up?

Today, December 28, is the last trading day of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). On Monday and Tuesday next week, the markets are closed for New Year celebrations, and the first trading day in 2008 is on Wednesday, January 2.

Is the market set to close higher today because portfolio managers and traders might try to “window dress” their portfolios in time for year-end 2007?

A bit likely. In a previous article, we explained that Window Dressing is a strategy employed by fund managers wherein they try to make their portfolio look as attractive as possible before presenting it to clients or stockholders.

In the days leading up to the end of the quarter or the year, fund managers would purchase recent winners while selling old holdings at a loss, in an attempt to show that they own the best-performing stocks of the period.

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Exercise your Metro Pacific warrants and earn 335%

Metro Pacific Corporation (Stock Code: MPI) announced that its stock warrants acquired through tender offer or purchased in the open market can now be exercised and converted to MPI common shares.

The stock warrants, issued on October 23, 2006, can be converted to MPI common stock at a price of P1.00 per share until December 14.

With MPI’s stock closing at P4.35 on December 12, if you converted those warrants, you are are technically earning P3.35 per share or 335% from the conversion price. That, however, is still gross of associated fees, taxes, and the warrant acquisition cost.

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