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Financial Market & Institutions Analysis

5 Nov 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht and SET index fluctuated throughout the week

The Baht weakened against the US dollar during the first week of November. The Baht moved in line with foreign fund flows into the Thai stock and bond markets ahead of the FOMC meeting. However, it weakened later along other regional currencies, as the US dollar rebounded on strong US labor market r... Read more

29 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened, while the SET dropped along with regional stock markets

The Baht moved in a volatile range but strengthened against the US Dollar. The Baht rose early in the week in line with net foreign bond buying orders, while the US Dollar lacked momentum after the US treasury yield slipped below 1.60%. However, the Baht weakened briefly around midweek in line with ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded in a narrow range while the SET rebounded before holidays

The Baht moved within a tight range but weakened slightly against the US dollar. The Baht fell on USD buying orders from importers, while the US dollar gained on the rising US treasury yields. The 10-year US bond yield hit a 5-month high of 1.67%. However, the Baht’s losses were capped somewhat by n... Read more

19 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened on Thailand’s reopening plan, while the SET dropped before the release of listed companies’ performance results

The Baht resumed the appreciation trend. It hit its highest level in 3 weeks ofTHB33.16/USD, supported by news that the Thai government would continue its reopening plan, plus net foreign stock and bond buying orders. Meanwhile, the US Dollar weakened in line with the decline in 10-year US treasury ... Read more

8 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET surged in line with other stock markets

The Baht hit a new 4-year low of THB33.99/USD during the week of Oct 4-8. The Baht fell in line with other regional currencies, as the US dollar rose along with US treasury yields, boosted by stronger-than-expected US ISM Services Index, ADP employment and Jobless Claims reports. The US dollar also ... Read more

1 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht rebounded from a 4-year low while the SET dropped in line with other stock markets

The Baht hit a 4-year low of THB33.97/USD before rebounding somewhat later in the week. The Baht fell on USD-buying orders at the quarter-end and net foreign selling orders in the Thai bond market. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose along with expectations that the Fed would exit its extraordinarily easi... Read more

28 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 4-year low before rebounding while the SET rose on purchases of bank shares

The Baht weakened on net foreign bond selling orders and tumbling risky assets amid concerns about the default of a Chinese property developer. Meanwhile, the US dollar gained after the Fed Chair signaled a taper of its bond-buying program in November while the new dot plot hinted that the US policy... Read more

17 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht broke the THB33.00/USD level, while the SET faced sell-offs at the end of the week

The Baht broke the THB33.00/USD level to hit the weakest level in 3 weeks at THB33.26/USD. A weaker Baht was in line with net foreign bond selling orders worth THB26.8 billion. The US dollar also rose along with the US bond yields, after strong US retail sales, NY Empire State Manufacturing and Phil... Read more

10 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht pared losses later in the week while the SET dropped but remained over 1,600 points

The Baht rose later in the week. The Baht weakened in line with net foreign stock and bond selling orders during the week while the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency amid concerns about the global economic slowdown hit by the delta variant. However, the Baht pared those losses somewhat and reb... Read more

3 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened later in the week while the SET stood firmly over 1,600 points

 The Baht pared gains and weakened later in the week. The Baht rose early-to mid-week on net foreign stock and bond buying orders, while the US dollar faced sell-offs after the Fed Chair signaled that the Fed might taper its bond-buying program with no hurry to raise interest rates. The Baht pared ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET rose on hopes towards easing restrictions on economic activity

The Baht hit a 6-week high of THB32.61/USD. The Baht rose on technical-buying orders and position adjustments ahead of the Fed Chair’s speech at the Fed annual Jackson Hole symposium that market participants kept an eye on to assess a chance of QE tapering. The Baht also rose on net foreign stock an... Read more

23 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht moved within a tight range while the SET rose despite pressure from COVID-19 situation

The Baht moved within a narrow range. The Baht weakened early in the week amid concerns over the Thai economic outlook due to the impact of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Later, the Baht rebounded briefly on position adjustments before the release of the FOMC meeting minutes. However, the Baht tum... Read more

13 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht remained weak while the SET was under pressure of the COVID-19 situation

The Baht remained weak, having hit a 3-year low of THB33.49/USD during the week. The Baht tumbled earlier in the week amid concerns about the domestic COVID-19 outbreak, while the US dollar rose on the Fed’s signal of a chance for QE tapering later this year. The Baht rebounded briefly on the US Dol... Read more

6 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 3-year low while the SET pared all gains at the end of the week

The Baht hit a near 3-year low of THB33.39/USD. The Baht faced sell-offs amid the rising risk from the currently severe COVID-19 outbreak that is set to dampen the Thai economic outlook in 2021 and 2022. In addition, the US dollar was supported by a strong US Jobless Claims report and the Fed offici... Read more

2 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht and SET pressured by risks of COVID-19 at home

The Baht hit its lowest level in 15-1/2 months of THB32.99/USD before rebounding somewhat at the end of the week. The Baht weakened amid concerns towards the surging number of COVID-19 cases at home, placing intense pressure on Thailand’s healthcare system. Meanwhile, the Baht along with the yuan an... Read more

27 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a new 15-month low, while the SET dropped on concerns over COVID-19 situation

The Baht hit a new 15-month low of THB32.94/USD. The Baht tumbled further as confirmed domestic COVID-19 cases continued to surge over 10,000 cases per day. The worsening COVID-19 situation has reinforced concerns about its impact on the path to Thailand’s economic recovery. Other Asian currencies w... Read more

16 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 15-month low, while the SET rose despite pressure from COVID-19

The Baht hit a 15-month low of THB32.80/USD towards the end of the week. The Baht traded within a narrow range earlier in the week, while the US dollar fell on a signal by the Fed Chairman that the Fed would not tighten its monetary policy in the immediate future despite a surge in inflation. Howeve... Read more

9 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 15-month low, while the SET dropped on the worsening COVID-19 situation at home

The Baht faced sell-offs during the week of July 5-9. The Baht hit a near 15-month low of THB32.73/USD amid concerns about the domestic COVID-19 situation with a surge in covid cases. The protracted COVID-19 pandemic led to an implementation of the stricter control measures and dampened the economic... Read more

2 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 14-month low, while the SET faced sell-offs amid concerns towards COVID-19 situation

The Baht broke the THB32.00/USD level to hit THB32.27/USD, the weakest level in almost 14 months. The Baht tumbled on concerns about the domestic COVID-19 situation and data showing that Thailand’s current account balance posted a deficit for the seventh consecutive month. Meanwhile, the US dollar r... Read more

21 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht tumbled while the SET dropped below 1,600 points, pressured by numerous factors

The Baht hit a 13-month low of THB31.98/USD, before paring losses somewhat later in the week. The Baht weakened, as the US dollar rose on Fed officials’ remarks, signaling that the Fed might tighten its monetary policy sooner rather than later. The Baht fell further on concerns about the domestic CO... Read more

14 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET closed firmly above 1,600 points

The Baht strengthened against the US dollar. The Baht was supported by net foreign stock and bond buying orders and promising news regarding the mass vaccination rollout across the nation early in the week. Meanwhile, the US dollar continued to weaken in line with the declining of US bond yields (th... Read more

7 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened, while the SET closed above 1,600 points despite paring some gains at the end of the week

The Baht weakened later in the week. The Baht rose early in the week in line with most other regional currencies and net foreign buying-orders for Thai stocks and bonds. However, the Baht pared those gains and weakened later in the week. Meanwhile, stronger-than-expected US economic data, including ... Read more

28 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht edged higher, while the SET rose in line with other stock markets and on hopes towards rapid vaccination rollouts

The Baht edged stronger in line with the Yuan and most other regional currencies. It also gained on net foreign bond-buying orders and a stronger-than-expected Thai export data for April. Meanwhile, the US dollar was weighed down by remarks of the Fed officials signaling that the Fed would continue ... Read more

21 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded narrowly while the SET dropped on concerns over the COVID-19 situation at home

The Baht traded in a narrow range. The Baht fell slightly amid concerns about the COVID-19 situation at home, which is set to dampen the Thai economic outlook. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose after the FOMC minutes discussed the inflation outlook and a plan for adjusting the pace of asset purchases. H... Read more

14 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET dropped sharply on internal and external negative factors

The Baht weakened after rising briefly early in the week as the US dollar fell on a disappointing US Non-Farm Payrolls report. However, the Thai currency tumbled later on, while the US dollar strengthened along with the rising bond yields on the back of a stronger-than-expected US CPI data, triggeri... Read more

7 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded in a narrow range while the SET rebounded at the end of the week

The Baht traded in a narrow range. The Baht rose slightly on position adjustment after the domestic financial markets reopened mid-week. It reversed those gains later amid concerns over the economic impacts from the third wave of COVID-19 at home. However, the Baht rebounded later in the week as the... Read more

30 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET faced sell-offs at the end of the week

The Baht hit a 1-month high of THB31.135/USD after breaking the THB31.20/USD level later in the week. The Baht rose along with net foreign bond buying orders, while the US dollar face sell-offs on the back of the Fed’s easing monetary policy stance. The latest FOMC meeting signaled that the Fed woul... Read more

23 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET dropped towards the end of the week on concerns about COVID-19

The Baht hit the weakest level in a week at THB31.44/USD amid concerns about the third wave of COVID-19 at home, with the number of daily cases rising at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency later in the week after the US President Joe Biden proposed a plan to hik... Read more

16 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET rebounded somewhat at the end of the week despite over-week declines

The Baht regained strength towards the end of the week. The Baht hit a 6-month low of THB31.57/USD earlier in the week amid concerns about the third wave of COVID-19 at home as it has spread widely and could have adverse impacts on the Thai economic outlook. However, the Baht rebounded strongly on t... Read more

9 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht fell to a 6-month low, while the SET dropped over-week despite a rebound at the end of

The Baht hit a 6-month low of THB31.51/USD. The Baht fell along with other regional currencies early in the week, while the US dollar extended its gains on a stronger-than-expected US non-farm payrolls report for March that helped boost hopes for the US economic recovery. The Baht then fell to a 6-m... Read more

2 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht extended losses while the SET closed near 1,600 points

The Baht hit a 5-1/2 month low of THB31.40/USD. The Baht weakened, while the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency amid concerns about media reports that a US-based hedge fund defaulted on margin calls. The US dollar also extended gains on the prospect of a strong US economic recovery, boosted by ... Read more

26 Mar 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 4-1/2 month low before rebounding, while the SET surged at the end of the week

The Baht fell along other regional currencies, while the US dollar rose on positive US economic views given by the Fed chairman and Secretary of the Treasury, as well as a better-than-expected US jobless claims report. The Baht was also hit by weak export data for February. However, the Baht’s losse... Read more

12 Mar 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET rose along with other stock markets but pared gains somewhat at the end of the week

The Baht fell to a 4-month low of THB30.95/USD. The Baht weakened early in the week, as the US dollar rose along with the rising US bond yields, supported by the US stimulus measures. The Baht pared losses somewhat on the back of the correction in US bond yields and net foreign stock and bond buying... Read more

5 Mar 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET rose above 1,500 points again

The Baht hit a near 4-month low of THB30.51/USD. The Baht weakened along with other Asian currencies, while the US dollar extended gains on the rising US bond yields, supported by the Fed Chair’s remarks signaling that the Fed would have no additional measures to slow the yield upward trend. The US ... Read more

25 Feb 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET fluctuated throughout the week

The Baht traded at the weaker side of THB30.00/USD. It fell early in the week along with net foreign stock and bond selling orders. Meanwhile, the US dollar was boosted by the rising US bond yields on the back of the US economic optimism. The US dollar’s gains were capped somewhat by the Fed Chair’s... Read more

22 Feb 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET dropped on sell-offs by domestic institutional and foreign investors

The Baht weakened but later rebounded later in the week. The Baht moved in a tight range before weakened later due to the strengthening greenback on the rising US bond yields amid signs of the US economic recovery. However, the Baht pared losses later in the week, while the US dollar fell on a weake... Read more