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Now the 2Q16 Review and 3Q16 Outlook:
After starting 2016 on a bearish note, the PSEi rallied from just above 6,000 on February 1, 2016 to almost 8,000 on June 30, 2016. A generally peaceful elections, a bullish economy and a smooth transfer of power from the previous to the new president strengthened the PSEi. A dovish US Federal Reserve on raising interest rates and a recovery of crude oil prices from the USD30 per barrel level to almost the USD50 per barrel level likewise spurred global equities. The Philippine Ten-Year Treasury Note (PH10YTN) rate, on the other hand, fluctuated within the 4% level with less volatility.
Our 2016 Stock Portfolio outperformed the PSEi in 1H16. It was formed in late January when the market was seen oversold. It is made up of ten high cash dividend yield and low PER stocks. Its performance includes an average 2.91% yield on 1H16 cash dividends.
Our PSEi outlook for 3Q16 is bullish as the low-interest rate environment has now prevailed in the world. This is supported by economic stimuli arising from countries such as Japan and the continued dovish stance of the US Federal Reserve on raising interest rates. It seems this will take longer than expected. The PSEi will generally be in high PER levels. This is only buoyed by 13 blue chip stocks in our coverage such as JFC, URC, SMPH and ALI. However, the Philippine stock market still has value with 32 bargain and eight reasonably-priced stocks. Thus, it is advisable to hunt for value, keep a good amount of liquidity and be wary of the PSEi in overbought levels and euphoric highs. Its last recent high was at 23x PER in late June. Prior to that, its last high was way back March 1997 at 27.57x PER. This was before the Asian financial crisis which brought the PSEi tumbling down to 15.74x PER. Circumstances then were different, but we still have to be wary as we are treading on high PER levels from the short to the medium term.
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