Stocks jump as investors bargain hunt

The local stock market jumped on further bargain hunting as investors cheered a series of good news.

The main index rose 118.49 points or 1.63 percent to close at 7,401.16 as telcos and banks led the rally across the board.


Volume improved to 1.55 billion shares worth P9.28 billion as gainers trounced losers 133 to 56 with 53 unchanged.

“Investors in Philippine stocks switched to bargain hunting after the President of the US announced that he will re-nominate current Fed chair Jerome Powell for a second term,” said Regina Capital Development Corporation Managing Director Luis Limlingan.

He added that, “Here at home, imports and other taxes collected by the BoC rose to P525.4 billion from January to October this year. As a result of improved trade flow and post-clearance audits to generate correct revenues, BoC not only exceeded the 2.4 percent target, but also grew 17.1 percent from P448.6 billion in the same period last year.”

Philstocks Financial Research and Engagement Officer Claire Alviar said “The local bourse jumped as bargain hunting continues following the 1.39 percent week-on-week decline last week as of Nov. 19.

“Moreover, the approval of the House of Representatives on the second reading to extend the validity of the P4.5 trillion 2021 national budget until next year also spurred optimism in the market. Extending the budget is favorable to the economy as it is expected to boost the country's spending,” she added.