• USD/PHP down 0.4% to 55.06 ** Most Asian currencies are stronger against the greenback amid an easing of hawkish US rates bets after inflation data on Thursday
  • The nation’s benchmark gauge is close to a bull market, having risen almost 20% from a Sept. 30 low
  • The Philippine central bank is probably approaching the end of its monetary tightening cycle as the worst is over for price shocks, Governor Felipe Medalla said Thursday