The Philippine Stock Exchange Index rose 0.6 percent to 4,342.18.
Cement-makers: Holcim Philippines Inc. (HLCM) , the nation’s biggest producer of cement, advanced 4.8 percent to 8.70 pesos, the sharpest gain since Dec. 8, on the prospect demand for the building material will be boosted by reconstruction in areas hit by Tropical Storm Washi. Southeast Asia Cement Holdings Inc. (CMT) rose 2 percent to 1.50 pesos, the highest close since Sept. 9.
“Rebuilding and repairing the affected areas will benefit cement and construction companies,” said Astro del Castillo, managing director at First Grade Finance Inc.
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