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Philippine stocks: Gainers, losers, market-moving news – January 2022

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Philippine stocks: Gainers, losers, market-moving news – January 2022

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Philippines’ GDP grows 5.6% in 2021, beating revised target

The Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.6% in 2021, beating the target that the government revised multiple times throughout the year as businesses adjusted to waves of COVID-19 infections.

For the fourth quarter alone, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported 7.7% growth.

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Ralf Rivas

Lopez firm buys ABS-CBN shares, PDRs for network’s digital push

ABS-CBN Corporation raised P500 million from selling common shares and Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs), proceeds of which will be for the network’s digital push.

In a stock exchange filing on Wednesday, January 26, ABS-CBN said it sold 21.32 million common shares and 11.5 million PDRs worth P15.23 each to its principal shareholder, Lopez Incorporated.

Details here.

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Philippine agriculture remains in pandemic pit, drops 1.7% in 2021

The Philippines’ agricultural output dropped by 1.7% for the entire 2021, despite more relaxed COVID-19 restrictions during the year.

Figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority released on Wednesday, January 26, showed that agricultural production grew 0.6% during the fourth quarter, but this was not enough to offset the dismal figures recorded in the previous quarters.

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Channel 43, used by ABS-CBN, goes to Quiboloy’s SMNI

A broadcasting company owned by controversial preacher and Duterte ally Pastor Apollo Quiboloy is among those awarded frequencies previously used by media giant ABS-CBN.

On Wednesday, January 26, Quiboloy’s Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) confirmed to ABS-CBN News that it has been awarded UHF Channel 43 by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

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Villar stocks rally after TV frequencies granted; ABS-CBN tanks

Manny Villar’s Vistamalls saw its stock price leap by as much as 48.4% on Wednesday, January 26, after documents leaked showing the billionaire managed to get two TV frequencies previously held by Lopez-owned ABS-CBN.

Vistamalls, formerly Starmalls, closed at P4.29 apiece, 17.86% higher than the previous day’s price.

Details here.

Ralf Rivas

Most active stocks and PSEi closing – January 26, 2022

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Q3 2021 GDP revised downward

The Philippine Statistics Authority revised downward the country’s third quarter gross domestic product growth to 6.9% from 7.1%.

This was due to lower growth rates in financial insurance activities, professional and business services, as well as real estate.

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PSE returns to 5-hour schedule starting February 2

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Manny Villar gets ABS-CBN frequencies

Billionaire Manny Villar is taking over ABS-CBN frequencies, almost two years after the Lopez-led media giant was forced to go off-air.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) confirmed on Tuesday night, January 25, that Villar’s Advanced Media Broadcasting System (AMBS) has been awarded provisional authority to operate Channel 16, which was ABS-CBN’s digital TV frequency.

The NTC also issued AMBS a temporary permit “for simulcast purposes” over the analog Channel 2, effective January 6 until the analog shutoff in 2023.

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Aika Rey

Peso-dollar exchange rate – January 25, 2022