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  • BUSINESS

    US politics dent sentiment but energy shares lift set

    Business, Published on 22/05/2017

    » Recap: Asian stock markets retreated in response to a ballooning political crisis in Washington, with reports that President Donald Trump tried to interfere with an investigation into his campaign's links with Russia before firing his FBI chief. The Thai stock market outperformed a bit as buying in heavyweight energy stocks offset a selling spree in banks expected to be hurt by lending rate cuts.

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    Fund outflows pull down Asian stocks, SET slides

    Business, Published on 15/05/2017

    » Recap: Most Asian stock markets dipped last week as US dollar strength led to capital outflows. The Thai stock market posted its fifth straight session of losses on Friday as brokers cut earnings growth forecasts for listed companies as the first-quarter earnings season drew to a close.

  • BUSINESS

    Syria and Trump-Xi talks keep investors on sidelines

    Business, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Recap: Markets were rattled late last week after US cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base, while global investors moved to the sidelines pending the outcome of talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold soared and oil prices also surged. The formal promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, ensuring an election sometime late next year, helped keep the Thai stock market in a rangebound trade.

  • BUSINESS

    Trump tantrums keep traders on edge, SET dips

    Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 06/02/2017

    » Recap: World stock markets retreated as investors shied away from riskier assets over renewed concerns about US President Donald Trump's controversial ban on refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and protectionist rhetoric that fanned fears of a global trade war. Buying ahead of corporate earnings releases and hopes for dividend payments cushioned the Thai stock market against a steep fall.

  • BUSINESS

    Emerging markets revive but us rate move looms

    Business, Published on 28/11/2016

    » Recap: The prospect of higher US interest rates moved markets all last week, with the Dow powering above 19,000 points, though the long US dollar rally paused on Friday while gold rebounded from a nine-month low. Emerging-market shares staged their first weekly advance in more than a month, led by commodity and energy producers. European shares were little changed, oil slipped back as hopes dimmed for an Opec production cut, and US Treasuries fell.

  • BUSINESS

    NFC chairman calls for farming reform

    Business, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 14/11/2016

    » Prapat Panyachatraksa, chairman of the National Farmers Council, is urging the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to reform the agriculture sector and move towards integrated farming to help alleviate poverty among farmers.

  • BUSINESS

    SEC hurries to acquire blockchain trading advantage

    Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 07/11/2016

    » The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is studying the possibility of issuing licences for blockchain-based securities trading as it seeks to encourage the local stock market to gain first-mover advantage in the new technology race.

  • BUSINESS

    Weakness in europe keeps global equities subdued

    Business, Published on 31/10/2016

    » Recap: Global equities were affected by poor sentiment led by European stocks, which fell for the entire week on disappointing corporate results. The European Central Bank is expected to now consider further stimulus to spur the lacklustre euro zone. The US Federal Reserve, meanwhile, is seen as moving closer to raising interest rates as third-quarter GDP growth of 2.9% exceeded expectations.

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    Opec output-cut deal provides lift for equities

    Business, Published on 03/10/2016

    » Recap: Global stock markets see-sawed last week with news developments. The relief rally that followed the previous week's Fed meeting ebbed, but Hillary Clinton's strong performance against Donald Trump in the first US presidential debate cheered investors. Also buoying sentiment was Opec's surprise agreement to cut oil output, but worries about the health of Deutsche Bank, which faces huge US fines for dodgy business practices, capped gains. The Opec decision helped the energy-heavy Thai stock market recoup some earlier losses.

  • BUSINESS

    Investors cheer central banks, Jasmine buoys set

    Business, Published on 26/09/2016

    » Recap: The US Federal Reserve's less-hawkish view on the pace of interest-rate increases, coupled with policy tweaks by the Bank of Japan, buoyed global stock markets last week. The Thai bourse tracked global movements before profit-taking set in on Friday, while a huge tender offer for Jasmine International (JAS) shares also created a bounce.

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