iShares MSCI Philippines ETF(EPHE)- NYSEARCA
  • Today, 4:04 AM
    • Joint military exercises scheduled next month between the Philippines and the U.S. will be the last for the longtime allies, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to build stronger trade and investment ties with China and Russia.
    • Meanwhile, the U.S. military is deploying some 600 additional troops to Iraq as part of a campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, raising the number of U.S. troops on the ground to about 5,000.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Today, 4:04 AM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 6, 3:04 AM
    • President Obama has cancelled what would have been his first meeting with Philippines' President Duterte, who described him as a "son of a bitch" on Monday.
    • Obama was expected to challenge him on thousands of killings that have been part of the country's war on drugs, but the Filipino leader said he wouldn't discuss humanitarian issues, declaring he was "no American puppet."
    • Duterte later expressed regret over the remark, saying his response to a reporter's question "elicited concern and distress."
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Tue, Sep. 6, 3:04 AM | 11 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 31, 4:22 AM
    • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to discuss any issues with Barack Obama when they meet in Laos next week, but added that the U.S. president must listen to "what the problem is" before bringing up human rights.
    • Newly released data shows the number of drug-related killings since Duterte took office two months ago at around 2,000, nearly half of them in police operations and the rest in shootings by unidentified gunmen.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Wed, Aug. 31, 4:22 AM | 5 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 4, 2:19 AM
    • The Philippines is eager to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has already held informal talks with the U.S. to do so.
    • "If you don't take part in it you might lose some opportunities while other countries are enjoying them," Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in an interview with Reuters.
    • The accord already includes 12 Pacific Rim nations, accounting for about 800M people and 40% of the global trade.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Thu, Aug. 4, 2:19 AM
  • Thu, May 19, 4:24 AM
    • The Philippine economy expanded 6.9% in the first quarter of this year, dislodging China as Asia's fastest growing country.
    • The GDP figure was bolstered by strong investment growth as well as higher construction and domestic consumption ahead of elections in May.
    • Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to retain the economic priorities of the outgoing Aquino administration, policies that led to the nation's first investment-grade ratings and its best period of growth since the 1970s.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Thu, May 19, 4:24 AM
  • Tue, May 10, 4:41 AM
    • Maverick candidate Rodrigo Duterte has won the Philippine presidential elections, following the withdrawal of all his opponents.
    • His record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern town of Davao, once notorious for its lawlessness, earned him the moniker "The Punisher" and appears to have resonated with voters.
    • Election officials noted there was record turnout at polling stations, with more than 81% of the 54M registered voters casting a ballot.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Tue, May 10, 4:41 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mon, May 9, 5:37 AM
    • Voting has begun in the Philippines in a hotly contested presidential election that's seen Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial mayor of Davao City, head to the front of the pack with his tough talk and incendiary rhetoric.
    • The political establishment has warned that years of solid economic growth is threatened and foreign governments have looked on with trepidation as the country is a key regional player in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Mon, May 9, 5:37 AM
  • Aug. 24, 2015, 4:47 AM
    | Aug. 24, 2015, 4:47 AM | 21 Comments
  • Jul. 6, 2015, 3:07 AM
    • The Philippines has confirmed a second case of the deadly MERS virus, in a man who showed symptoms after traveling to Dubai and Saudi Arabia last month.
    • While isolated cases around Asia have cropped up in the past, South Korea has experienced the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
    • Nearly 180 Koreans have been infected and 27 have died from the virus over the past six weeks.
    • ETFs: EPHE
    | Jul. 6, 2015, 3:07 AM
  • May 7, 2015, 4:46 AM
    | May 7, 2015, 4:46 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
    | Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
  • 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%
    | Jun. 19, 2014, 1:20 PM
  • 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.
    • ETFs: FXI, VNM, EPHE, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, YANG, MCHI, ASEA, XPP, YAO, GMF, YXI, CHXF, CHIE, EEMA, FCA, CN
    | May 23, 2014, 12:58 PM | 1 Comment
  • 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.
    • ETFs: IDX, EIDO, IDXJ
    | May 21, 2014, 10:51 AM
  • 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
    | May 15, 2014, 11:15 AM
  • 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
    | May 14, 2014, 11:25 AM
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