Market Roundup 29 April 2024

Thailand’s SET Index closed at 1,361.97 points, increased 2.03 points or 0.15% with a trading value of 36.38 billion baht. The analyst stated that the Thai stock market traded narrowly despite the pressure from the slower-than-expected export numbers for March and the downgrade of GDP expectations in Thailand. However, the market foresaw a potential recovery as the Thai baht weakened, while there were also speculative buys ahead of the announcement of 1Q24 earnings among communication stocks. The purchase of bank stocks also supported the market despite the pressure from the selloff of DELTA.

The analyst expected the market to trade sideways tomorrow.


Thailand’s customs-cleared exports for March dropped sharply by 10.9% from the same period of last year (YoY), according to the official announcement by the Commerce Ministry.

The drop was much larger than a forecast for a contraction of 4.50% in a Reuters poll.

Meanwhile, customs-cleared imports for March rose 5.6% YoY, compared to a 4.55% rise in a Reuters poll. The trade balance for March was a deficit of 1.16 billion dollars, compared to a 0.82 billion dollars of surplus expected in a Reuters poll.


In Monday morning trading in Asia, the Japanese yen depreciated to 160 against the U.S. dollar, reaching its weakest level since April 1990 when it touched 160.15, according to FactSet data. This decline has been attributed to the ongoing strength of the U.S. dollar as Federal Reserve rate cut expectations are delayed. Friday saw the Fed’s preferred inflation measure slightly exceeding expectations, emphasizing the challenges faced by the U.S. central bank in addressing persistent inflation.

The yen has been hovering around 150 or weaker against the dollar following the Bank of Japan’s termination of its negative interest rate policy in March. Despite maintaining rates last Friday, the central bank slightly adjusted its inflation forecasts for fiscal 2024.

During a press conference on Friday, BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda conveyed that exchange rate fluctuations would impact monetary policy only in the event of a “significant” impact on the economy. Ueda highlighted that if yen movements have a substantial effect on the economy and prices, it could warrant a policy adjustment.

While Japanese authorities have cautioned against “excessive” yen movements, there have been no official statements regarding efforts to strengthen the currency. Market speculations of intervention at the 155 level were not realized as the yen declined past that threshold last week.