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iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (EPHE)

  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
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  • Jun. 19, 2014, 1:20 PM
    • The central bank boosted the rate on Special Deposit Accounts by 25bps to 2.25%, but held the benchmark overnight lending rate at 3.5%.
    • Inflation hit 4.5% in May, up from 2.6% a year ago and the highest in three years. The bank's in a tough spot as higher rates may be needed to cool inflation, but they - along with the fast-growing economy - could attract hot money flows into the country. Thus, the SDA rate was hiked to tighten liquidity, but the lending rate was held steady.
    • Analysts expect another 25 basis point rise in the SDA next month.
    • EPHE -1.1%
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  • May. 23, 2014, 12:58 PM
    • Cnooc (CEO), the operator of the oil rig in disputed waters that’s stoking tension between Vietnam and China, says it is determined to finish drilling at the site.
    • Drilling in the South China sea is a business decision, Chairman Wang Yilin said at Cnooc's annual shareholder meeting, but he expects the operation there to be protected by the Chinese government.
    • The U.S. military commander in the Pacific is warning that the risk of a miscalculation that could trigger a wider conflict is high.
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  • May. 21, 2014, 10:51 AM
    • A day after the army declared martial law and stocks fell 1.1%, Thailand's SET index gained 0.6%, with Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha pledging this is not a coup, and that military control will be short. There have been about a dozen coups in Thailand since a constitutional monarchy was set up in 1932.
    • THD, TTF
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange halted a 2-day rally and fell 1.8% following the weak session the U.S.
    • ETF: EPHE.
    • Indonesia bounced 0.3% one day after a big decline brought on by a key election-season political defection.
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  • May. 15, 2014, 11:15 AM
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange closed lower by 0.45% to 6,849.33 after hitting a one-year high yesterday.
    • The decline came as investors took the excuse of a sizable decline the U.S. to book some profits.
    • ETF: EPHE
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  • May. 14, 2014, 11:25 AM
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange closed at a one year high overnight,  up 0.4% to 6,880.44, led by Universal Robina's 2.8% gain after strong quarterly earnings.
    • “Investors are repositioning their portfolios given the overall positive tone of local corporate earnings results, which continued to lift the local market,” says Luis A. Limlingan, managing director at Regina Capital Development.
    • ETF: EPHE
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  • May. 9, 2014, 11:41 AM
    • Philippine stocks rose 1.2% to an 11-month high after S&P unexpectedly boosted the country's credit rating to BBB.
    • EPHE +0.9%
    • In Thailand, anti-government protestors hit the streets in an attempt to topple what's left of the government after the PM was forced out, but not her cabinet.
    • Foreign investors were net sellers of 1.88B baht worth of stocks, while local institutions were net buyers of 565.2B baht worth.
    • Thailand's SET Index closed 0.1% lower to 1,377.37.
    • THD -0.6%
    • Indonesian shares closed 0.8% higher to 4,898.14.
    • Indonesia ETFs: EIDO, IDX, IDXJ
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  • May. 6, 2014, 10:29 AM
    • Thailand's SET index lost 1.2% to 1,404.01 amid political tension, with the Constitutional Court and National Anti-Corruption Commission still expected to rule against caretaker PM Yingluck Shin and force her and her cabinet to step down.
    • Thailand ETF: THD
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange was flat at 6,765.93.
    • ETF: EPHE
    • Indonesia closed 0.2% lower to 4,834.47.
    • Indonesia ETFs: EIDO, IDX, IDXJ
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  • May. 5, 2014, 11:23 AM
    • Thailand's SET index gained 0.46% to 1,421.48 with an inflow of foreign money overcoming domestic political tension as the Constitutional Court and National Anti-Corruption Commission could soon rule against caretaker PM Yingluck Shin and force her and her cabinet to step down.
    • Thailand ETF: THD
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange closed 0.35% higher to 6,766.46.
    • ETF: EPHE
    • Indonesia closed 0.08% higher to 4,842 after Q1 GDP growth came in at 5.21%, shy of estimates of 5.59%.
    • Indonesia ETFs: EIDO, IDX, IDXJ
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  • May. 2, 2014, 10:34 AM
    • In Thailand, general optimism in emerging markets and foreign investor interest helped the SET Index gain 0.46% to 1,421.48. Foreign investors and local institutions were net buyers, while brokers and individual investors were net sellers. ETF: THD.
    • Philippine Stock Exchange index closed 0.52% higher to 6,742.97 on the back of 6.1% gain in Philex Mining. ETF: EPHE
    • Indonesia Index closed 0.03% lower to 4,838.76. ETFs: EIDO, IDX, IDXJ
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  • Apr. 30, 2014, 11:12 AM
    • In Thailand, foreign and institutional investor interest helped the SET Index gain 0.2% to 1,414.94.
    • Thailand ETFs: THD.
    • The Philippine Stock Exchange Index climbs 1.08% to 6,707.91 on the back of 2.2% gain in Philippine Long Distance Telephone and a 1.63% advance in Alliance Global.
    • ETF: EPHE
    • Indonesia's Jakarta Index closed higher by 0.4% to 4,840.15, as the rupiah continues its slide to finish down 1.7% on the month. The presidential election is set for July 9 and frontrunner Joko Widodo's party doesn't have enough parliamentary support to form a government without a coalition partner. The country awaits his selection of a running mate.
    • Indonesia ETFs: EIDO, IDX, IDXJ
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  • Apr. 7, 2014, 4:40 PM
    • The return of money to emerging markets in general and Brazil in particular has been well-covered. What other countries are working?
    • Indonesia: EIDO +24.3% YTD; other ETFs IDX, IDXJ.
    • Philippines: EPHE +9.7% YTD.
    • Thailand: THD +7.3% YTD.
    • Vietnam: VNM +18% YTD.
    • India: EPI +8.7% YTD; other ETFs EPI, INDY, SCIF, PIN, INP, INDL, INDA, INXX, SCIN, SMIN
    • What's not: Mexico (EWW) is off 5.5% and Chile (ECH) is down 4.1% YTD.
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  • Mar. 20, 2014, 8:30 AM
    • A check of Asian emerging markets overnight following the FOMC and Yellen suggesting the first hike in rates in maybe one year finds them lower, but not out of line with the rest of the global selloff.
    • Indonesia -2.5%, Thailand -0.2%, Philippines -0.7%, India -0.4%.
    • The EEM is off 0.7% premarket after yesterday's 2.1% decline.
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  • Dec. 19, 2013, 9:24 AM
    • Southeast Asian markets barely flinch in the wake of the Fed's move to pare its asset purchases by $10B per month.
    • Some feared emerging markets in the region would post big losses at the first sign of the taper.
    • The only index trading notably weaker is the PSEi (EPHE), but even there losses are limited to 0.6%. Stocks in Indonesia (IDX, IDXJ, EIDO) are up 0.85% to a one-week high.
    • Markets in Turkey did see some turmoil in the wake of the Fed decision, prompting the country's central bank to step-in and pledge support for the lira. The move comes as economists grow increasingly concerned with what one analyst recently called "the continued complexity of [the central bank's] policy scheme." Turkey ETF: TUR.
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  • Dec. 17, 2013, 10:15 AM
    • Thai (THD, TF, TTF) and Indonesian (IDX, EIDO, IDXJ) shares rebound from multi-month lows, rising 0.7% and 1.4%, respectively.
    • Also rallying today are Philippine shares (EPHE), up 2% in Manila.
    • Southeast Asian investors will be watching the Fed closely for hints about the taper, as many commentators still believe emerging markets will suffer once the FOMC begins to pare its asset purchases.
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  • Dec. 4, 2013, 8:41 AM
    • Nothing to see here. "There will be no coup as we believe the tension is easing and everything will be back to normal soon," Thailand's navy chief says, allaying fears that the country may see its 19th attempted military coup in the past 80 years.
    • Although Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra's government continues to trade harsh words with opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban, the administration's willingness to allow protesters to enter government ministries is seen as a sign that violent upheaval is likely off the table.
    • Thai shares (THD, TTF, TF) are relatively calm, slipping 0.5% in Bangkok.
    • Elsewhere in the region, markets in Indonesian (IDX, EIDO, IDXJ) and the Philippines (EPHE) slide more than 1% each.
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The iShares MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Philippines Investable Market Index.
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