Filinvest, PAL Holdings, Trans-Asia: Philippine Stocks Preview

Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in Philippine trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and prices are as of the previous close, unless stated otherwise.

The Philippine Stock Exchange Index rose less than 0.1 percent to 3,855.52.

Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC PM): EastWest Bank, a unit of Filinvest, posted net income of 1.81 billion peso ($42 million) in 2010, almost three times the 621.7 million peso profit booked in 2009, a stock exchange filing showed. The stock decreased 3 percent to 4.15 pesos.

PAL Holdings Inc. (PAL PM): Philippine Airlines Inc., the nation’s largest carrier and unit of PAL, said a flight from Manila was held at a remote parking bay upon arrival at the San Francisco International Airport on March 22 due to a phoned-in bomb threat. The aircraft was cleared for departure after a “rigid security check,” it said. The stock fell 3.9 percent to 4.71 pesos.

Trans-Asia Oil & Energy Development Corp. (TA PM): The Philippine oil explorer and energy company signed a three-year contract to buy electricity from Sem-Calaca Power Corp., a stock exchange filing showed. The stock gained 0.8 percent to 1.28 pesos.

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