Thailand Stocks: Ch. Karnchang, Berli Jucker, PTT Exploration

Thailand’s SET Index fell for the first time in four days, declining 9.72, or 1 percent, to 1,009.47 at the 4:30 p.m. close.

Ch. Karnchang Pcl (CK TB), Thailand’s second-largest publicly traded construction company, lost 2.2 percent to 8.8 baht, the lowest since Sept. 15. The company will invest 130 million baht ($4.33 million) in two solar power projects, it said in a statement to the stock exchange today.

Berli Jucker Pcl (BJC TB), a Thai trading company controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, jumped 5.7 percent to 18.6 baht, the most since Nov. 1. Thai Beverage Can Ltd., a Berli Jucker unit, signed an agreement with Ball Corp. to explore production of beverage cans in Southeast Asia, Berli Jucker said in a regulatory filing.

PTT Exploration & Production Pcl (PTTEP TB), Thailand’s only publicly traded oil explorer, dropped 1.9 percent to 180 baht. PTT Exploration agreed to buy a 40 percent stake in Statoil ASA’s oil sands project in Alberta, Canada for $2.28 billion in the biggest foreign acquisition by a Thai company.

Thoresen Thai Agencies Pcl (TTA TB), Thailand’s biggest shipping company by revenue, climbed 1.5 percent to 21 baht, the steepest advance since Oct. 1. The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of commodity-shipping costs, yesterday rose 1.1 percent, the first increase in almost four weeks, on stronger demand for coal and a smaller ship surplus in the Atlantic Ocean.

True Corp. (TRUE TB), the operator of Thailand’s second-biggest fixed-line phone network, rose 6.6 percent to 6.5 baht, extending yesterday’s 8 percent rally. The company plans to invest 10 billion baht on broadband Internet services between 2011 and 2013, Chief Executive Officer Supachai Chearavanont said yesterday.

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