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Philippine Equity: Aboitiz, Holcim, PAL, Union Bank, Rizal Bank

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of the following companies had unusual moves in Philippine trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of the close of trading in Manila.

The Philippine Stock Exchange Index fell 1.9 percent to 4,799.29, the sharpest loss since Oct. 3.

Holcim Philippines Inc. (HLCM PM), the nation’s largest cement producer, fell 1.7 percent to 11.50 pesos, the sharpest loss since Feb. 21. The company posted a 47 percent drop in net income last year.

PAL Holdings Inc. (PAL PM), owner of the nation’s largest airline, advanced 1.3 percent to 7.95 pesos, the highest close since Feb. 13. San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang said talks are “still” on to buy a stake in PAL’s Philippine Airlines Inc. unit. San Miguel dropped 2.8 percent to 110.70 pesos.

Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP PM) sank 16 percent to 114 pesos, the sharpest loss since January 2001 after bigger rival Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI PM) said it’s not in talks to acquire and merge with the lender. Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCB PM) said separately it’s not aware of talks for a merger with Union Bank.

Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV PM), Union Bank’s largest shareholder, declined 11 percent to 48.60 pesos, the steepest loss since April 2001. Bank of Philippine Islands rose 1 percent to 67.95 pesos. Rizal Commercial added 0.5 percent to 40.30 pesos.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Sayson in Manila at isayson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Darren Boey at dboey@bloomberg.net

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