MANILA: Stock market investors are seen pocketing gains this week after an eight-day winning streak but any dip is seen as an opportunity for others to reenter the market amid upbeat prospects for equities for the rest of the year. Last week, the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) advanced by a total of 211.58 points or 2.5 percent to close on Friday at a new record finish of 8,770. A new intra-day peak of 8,858.07 was also touched on Friday. The PSEi had closed at record highs in the last five straight session, buoyed by rosy prospects for the Philippines this year alongside upbeat economic data out of US and China. Mangun said the PSEi’s support levels would be at 8,600 and 8,540 while next resistance levels would be at 8,700 and 8,770.
BDO chief strategist Jonathan Ravelas noted that the market had cheered the passage of the Tax Reform on Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), as this was a structural reform that would boost the country’s infrastructure and overall economy. However, he noted that some profit-taking had taken place after the PSEi printed a new all-time high of 8,858.07 toward the end of the trading week.