The stock market retreated Monday on profit-taking as renewed inflation fears discouraged investors from buying.
The Philippine Stock Exchange Index dropped 58.48 points, or 0.9 percent, to 6,687.85 on a value turnover of P6.6 billion. Losers beat gainers, 113 to 72, with 58 issues unchanged.
Fiber broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. sank 6.2 percent to P26.30, while BDO Unibank Inc. of the Sy Group, the biggest lender in terms of assets, declined 1.6 percent to P126.80.
Bank of the Philippine Islands of the Ayala Group, the third-largest bank, fell 3.6 percent to P94.50, while sister unit and major property developer Ayala Land Inc. slipped 1.7 percent to P28.50
The rest of Asian stocks rose Monday after US President Joe Biden said he was considering lifting some Trump-era trade tariffs imposed on China, although concerns over inflation and growth weighed on sentiment.
Tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports are due to expire in July, and Biden has faced growing calls to get rid of the punitive duties to help combat the highest US inflation in more than four decades.
Biden’s comments Monday during a visit to Tokyo come after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last week said some of the duties imposed by former president Donald Trump “seem to impose more harm on consumers and businesses” and do little to address real issues posed by the Asian giant.
The president also said a recession in the United States was not inevitable but acknowledged the economic pain felt by American consumers, saying “this is going to take some time.”
Ending the tariffs could help cut roaring US inflation by making imports cheaper.
Biden also announced that 13 countries had joined a new, US-led Asia-Pacific trade initiative, although there are questions about the pact’s effectiveness.
Investors will be looking to the release on Wednesday of notes from the latest Federal Reserve committee meeting for clues on further rate hikes by the US central bank.
Trade was cautious in Asia after Wall Street briefly dipped into a bear market Friday, with the S&P 500 index down about 19 percent from its January high.
Tokyo closed 1.0 percent higher, while Shanghai ended flat. Hong Kong was down 1.4 and Singapore slipped 0.6 percent but most other Asian markets saw gains, with Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei in the green.
Sydney ended marginally higher following a weekend election that saw the centre-left Labor party end a decade of conservative rule.
The new government of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is expected to undertake some policy shifts, particularly on climate change, but economists said they were unlikely to upset growth forecasts.
An interest rate cut by Beijing did little to cheer Chinese markets, with investors concerned about continuing COVID restrictions that are hurting the world’s second-largest economy and snarling international supply chains.
Downcast earning reports from retailers have also heightened market uncertainty at a time of rising interest rates, surging energy prices and Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, which is driving commodity prices higher. With AFP