The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PCOMP) rose 1.5 percent to 4,954.
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI PM), the nation’s largest lender by market value, added 1.8 percent to 67.20 pesos. The bank is keeping its loan-growth forecast of 12 percent to 15 percent this year, and its core income is “so far so good,” President Aurelio Montinola told reporters today.
COL Financial Group Inc. (COL) , the largest Philippine online stock brokerage, gained 3.6 percent to 22.80 pesos, its steepest increase since March 27. First-quarter profit surged 58 percent to a record 130 million pesos ($3 million), the company said in a stock-exchange filing.
IP Converge Data Center Inc. (CLOUD) , a provider of managed data services and business solutions, climbed 1.3 percent to 4.05 pesos, its highest close since Oct. 13. IP Ventures Inc. said it offered 4.20 pesos a share to acquire about 9 percent of IP Converge from minority shareholders, according to an exchange filing.
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