Michael Ricafort, chief economist at Yuchengco-owned Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), sees the index’s next resistance at the 8,000 mark.
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Market may climb anew this week
Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The stock market may continue to go up this week, sustaining the gains the previous weeks amid the scheduled resumption of US-China trade talks, traders said.

Michael Ricafort, chief economist at Yuchengco-owned Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), sees the index’s next resistance at the 8,000 mark.

“The Philippine Stock Exchange Composite index (PSEi) gained for the third week in four weeks by 58.85 points or 0.7 percent to close at 7,992.32, a new one-month high and also among four-month highs and also among 17-month highs,” Ricafort said.

This, he said, is amid improved global risk appetite recently with the scheduled resumption of the trade talks between the US and China by early October and recent gestures by both countries to improve the said trade talks.

“The next resistance is at 8,000, which is a gateway prior to further upside potential in the near future,” Ricafort said.

Earlier, US President Trump deferred by two weeks the scheduled higher tariffs (which would translate to additional five percent duties) on $250 billion US imports from China. Trump deferred this to Oct. 15 from Oct. 1 to improve the US-China trade talks.

Ricafort said this was a positive signal for the global financial markets.

China also agreed to exempt some US imports from tariffs for about a year starting Sept. 17, which Ricafort said was another positive signal for the markets.

“Trump administration plans to ease sanctions on Iran to help secure a meeting with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 23. The markets are also anticipating the upcoming Fed rate-setting meeting on Sept. 18 amid possible 0.25 rate cut, which is another factor that could support sentiment in the global financial markets in the coming week,” Ricafort said.

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