RP shares to struggle next week: dealer

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2008 09:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 07 2008 05:21 AM

Agence France-Presse

Philippine share prices will struggle next week amid a lack of good news, a dealer said Friday.

Rommel Macapagal of Westlink Global Equities put the support level at about 2,700 points, warning that this level would be tested in the coming week.

"If that doesn't hold, we could even go as low as 2,600 or 2,500," he said, with any advance likely down to bargain hunting.

The market has been hit hard this week by the government's announcement on Thursday that inflation for May rose to 9.6 percent, its highest level since 1999.

The Philippines then raised key interest rates by 25 basis points, its first rate hike since 2005.

For the week to June 6, the composite index fell 3.1 percent or by 87.74 points to 2,739.70 points.

Average daily turnover rose 2.41 billion pesos (54.5 million dollars) this week from 1.78 billion pesos in the previous week.