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12 Feb 2024

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 2-1/2 month low while the SET rose over-week despite volatility seen during the week


        The Thai stock market briefly rose over 1,400 points around midweek before dropping during the rest of the week.
The SET gradually surged ahead of the BOT’s MPC meeting, boosted by purchases of stocks in various sectors, particularly the tourism and retail sectors, as they are expected to be benefited from the recovery in tourism, plus stocks in the energy sector amid the rising global oil prices. The SET continued to rise above 1,400 points around midweek after the MPC voted 5:2 to maintain its policy rate and lower its economic growth forecast for 2024, causing the market participants to see more chance of easing monetary policy.
However, the SET dropped during the remainder of the week amid sell-offs of foreign investors, with profit-taking seen in big cap stocks across various sectors. The trading volume was thin at the end of the week, which coincided with the closure of some Asian stock markets during the Chinese New Year holiday.
        On Friday, February 9, 2024, the SET closed at 1,388.37 points, up 0.31% over-week. The average daily trading value was THB41,972.37 million, down 3.77% over-week. The mai closed at 416.29 points, up 1.78% over-week.
        February 12-16, 2024, KSecurities expects the SET to have support at 1,380 and 1,370 points, but resistance at 1,400 and 1,415 points, respectively. KResearch views that key matters to watch include foreign fund flows and listed companies’ performance results for 4Q-23. The US economic data that warrant close monitoring include January CPI, PPI, Retail Sales, Industrial Production and Housing Starts, plus Weekly Jobless Claims. Close attention must also be paid to 4Q-23 GDP reports of Eurozone, Japan and UK, plus December Industrial Production of Eurozone, Japan and UK.

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