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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - The Market Call (March 2014)
The Philippines’ economic growth momentum continues to track a high growth path despite the adverse supply chain impact of November’s super typhoon Yolanda. Domestic demand remains intact, as Meralco electricity sales growth for January improved from the previous month. External demand, which was weak for most of 2013, showed surprising strength as exports continued its recovery in December, marking the 4th month out of five in which it posted double-digit gains. Inflation has kept fairly steady at 4.2% in January, while record Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) remittances hit another all-time high in December 2013.
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TA: "Long in the Market, Short in Supply"

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Ayala Corp. (AC): An Increasingly Power Sector Play
AC Energy to Power AC's NAV. BUY.
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Meralco Sees 4% Sales Growth
Trading buy for Meralco
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The Bellwether Vol. 2 No. 4 March 15, 2014
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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Aboitiz Power Corp.
Therma Mobile and Pagbilao are 2014 Earnings Kickers
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DNL: "Outperforming Expectations"

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The Bellwether Vol. 2 No. 3. Feb. 28, 2014
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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Argentina Market: "Can a Serial Defaulter Get Back to Groove?"

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The Bellwether Vol. 2 No. 2. Feb. 15, 2014
China's slowdown/hardlanding risks are key global and regional concerns. Its rapid debt growth and brisk shadow banking that account for half of the banking industry add to the overall risk picture. Setting aside data integrity issues, our China update highlights key fundamental strengths that mitigates some of China's risks.
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The Bellwether Vol. 2 No. 1 as of Jan. 15, 2014
This issue features the Phil Power Sector and some equity issues.
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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - Macroeconomic Outlook for 2014

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - Equities Market Outlook for 2014

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - Capital Market Issuances in 2014

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - Fixed Income Market Outlook for 2014

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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 35 as of December 30, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 34 as of December 19, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook. It covers the following topics: -PSEi Drivers for 2014 -MWIDE -PF
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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - The Market Call (November 2013)
Just as another set of economic data was pointing towards an above-7% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Q3, killer super typhoon“Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), that devastated large swathes of the Visayas and Palawan, may have killed the further acceleration suggested by the country’s Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) for Q4. After all, industrial output and exports expanded at a faster pace in August and peso equivalent of Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) remittances rose at a double digit rate. The world’s biggest ever typhoon, that packed over-300 kph winds and huge waves flattened and killed thousands of Filipinos in the eastern coast of some Visayas islands, may now mean below-6.0% GDP growth in Q4 and the first half of 2014. To be sure, reconstruction efforts could offset the loss on output and income due to the negative effects of the super typhoon, but the affected areas reportedly represent some 12% of the country’s population, and the latter would probably tilt the balance.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 33 as of October 31, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - The Market Call (October 2013)
The economy continues to show signs of strength as electricity sales accelerated in August, while exports growth remained in positive territory. Besides, the peso equivalent of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) remittances hit a 49-month high in July which should boost consumption spending and residential homes purchases. Decelerating headline inflation rates to 2.1% in August from 2.5% in July further increases the likelihood of another above-7% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Q3.
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The Bellwether Special Issue: The Philippine BPO Industry
The Philippine BPO industry remains strong despite weakness in developed countries.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 32 as of September 18, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 31 as of August 31, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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DNL: "Quantity over Quality"
Pushing the High-Margin Products and Cheap Valuation on 2014 Earnings
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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research - The Market Call (August 2013)
The Federal Reserve Board’s (Fed) clarification that the tapering of its bond purchases as part of its quantitative easing (QE) is “not cast in stone” and will be dependent on how the economy actually performs in the coming months not only calmed the financial markets, but also highlighted the strong fundamentals of the Philippine economy. Meralco electricity sales in Q2 posted a 6.4% gain from year ago levels, a significant climb from 1.2% in Q1, despite a slowdown in June. Government spending on infrastructure still sizzled at 35.9 % growth in Q2, although again this was a bit weaker than the 50.1 % surge in Q1. Industrial production went up by 21.7% in May and is pointing towards an acceleration in the manufacturing sector in Q2. And inflation in June was only slightly up to 2.7% (revised), still markedly below the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) target of 3-5%.
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The Bellwether Special Issue: 2Q2013 Banking Update
FMIC's special issue on the 2Q2013 banking financial results.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 30 as of July 31, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research Alliance - Macroeconomic Forecasts for 2013 (As of July 24)

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research Alliance - Corporate Debt Market and Growth Industry Outlook for 2013 (As of July 24)

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research Alliance - Fixed Income Market Outlook for 2013 (As of July 24)

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FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research Alliance - Equities Market Outlook for 2013 (As of July 24)

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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 29 as of July 15, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 28 as of June 30, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 27 as of June 15, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 26 as of May 31, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Special Issue: Philippine Business Bank
Dividends, Branches and an ASEAN SME Strategy Stretch PBB's Potentials
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 25 as of May 15, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 24 as of April 30, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 23 as of April 15, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 22 as of March 30, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 21 as of March 13, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 20 as of February 28, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 19 as of February 15, 2013
Bellwether's special edition on Philippine Business Bank. This report identifies earnings growth, share price action branches and other information on the bank.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 18 as of January 30, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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Mining Industry Report -- "Bounce Back"
This issue tackles the expected recovery of the industry amid challenges (regulatory, external and operational) and research coverage of selected mining companies, total of seven.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 17 as of January 15, 2013
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 16 as of December 15, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 15 as of November 29, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 14 as of November 15, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 13 as of November 12, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 12 as of October 18, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 11 as of October 2, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 10 as of September 10, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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Industry Opportunity Report -- "Mining Blues will Blow Over"
The maiden issue of IAG-Research's Industry Opportunity Report titled "Mining Blues will Blow Over." This is a bimonthly publication.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 9 as of August 30, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 8 as of August 15, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 7 as of July 27, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 6 as of July 15, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 5 as of June 29, 2012 (Revised)
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 4 as of June 22, 2012
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 3
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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The Bellwether Vol. 1 No. 2
FMIC's fortnightly publication on market action and outlook.
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