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19 Feb 2024

Financial Markets

The Baht fell further while the SET dropped slightly after moving within a narrow range throughout the week


        The Thai stock market moved within a narrow range almost throughout the week amid thin transaction volume.
The SET moved within a narrow range early in the week amid thin transaction volume, while several Asian stock markets closed for the Chinese New Year holiday. The SET was boosted early in the week by the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s signals to enhance the oversight of short selling and program trading. However, the SET tumbled around midweek following foreign investors’ sell-offs, after the US inflation in January 2024 came out higher than market expected, leading investors to anticipate that the Fed would wait longer to reduce rates. In addition, sell-offs of electronic components stocks due to the disappointing 4Q-23 performance of an electronic components manufacturer also put pressure on the SET.
        The SET continued to move within a narrow range during the remainder of the week. Although it was boosted by purchases of large-cap stocks across various sectors, especially the retail sector, the recovery was limited as investors awaited Thailand’s 4Q-23 GDP that is scheduled to be announced early next week.
        On Friday, February 16, 2024, the SET closed at 1,386.27 points, down 0.15% over-week. The average daily trading value was THB36,085.91 million, down 14.02% over-week. The mai closed at 418.19 points, up 0.46% over-week.
        February 19-23, 2024, KSecurities expects the SET to have support at 1,370 and 1,355 points, but resistance at 1,400 and 1,410 points, respectively. KResearch views that key matters to watch include Thailand’s GDP report for 4Q-23 and foreign fund flows. The US economic data that warrant close monitoring include FOMC minutes, January Existing Home Sales, February PMI (Flash), plus Weekly Jobless Claims. Close attention must also be paid to February PMI (Flash) of Japan, Eurozone and UK, Eurozone’s January CPI (Flash), plus China’s February LPR.

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