The Thai stock market has moved lower in three straight sessions, sliding more than 40 points or 3.3 percent along the way. The Stock Exchange of Thailand now sits just beneath the 1,235-point plateau and it’s likely to move lower again Monday due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests.
The global forecast for Asian markets is murky, clouded by uncertainty regarding stimulus in the United States. The European markets were up and the U.S. bourses were mixed and the Asian markets figure to split the difference.
The SET finished modestly lower on Friday following losses from the energy producers and a mixed picture from the financial shares.
For the day, the index shed 9.28 points or 0.75 percent to finish at 1,233.68 after trading between 1,226.95 and 1,247.89. Volume was 18.804 billion shares worth 44.575 billion baht. There were 1,088 decliners and 405 gainers, with 438 stocks finishing unchanged.
Among the actives, Advanced Info skidded 1.14 percent, while Thailand Airport added 0.45 percent, Asset World plummeted 6.02 percent, Bangkok Dusit Medical dropped 1.08 percent, Bangkok Expressway gained 0.59 percent, CP All Public surrendered 1.27 percent, Charoen Pokphand Foods advanced 0.96 percent, Kasikornbank rose 0.34 percent, Krung Thai Bank collected 0.57 percent, PTT shed 0.76 percent, PTT Exploration and Production fell 0.31 percent, PTT Global Chemical retreated 1.20 percent, Siam Commercial Bank declined 1.55 percent, Siam Concrete tanked 2.05 percent and TMB Bank, Bangkok Bank and BTS Group were unchanged.
The lead from Wall Street is uninspired after stocks opened higher on Friday but faded as the day progressed, eventually ending mixed.
The Dow added 112.11 points or 0.39 percent to finish at 28,606.31, while the NASDAQ sank 42.34 points or 0.36 percent to end at 11,671.56 and the S&P 500 rose 0.47 points or 0.01 percent to close at 3,483.81. For