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Thai Bonds Advance as Global Funds Boost Holdings; Baht Falls

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Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s government bonds rose, pushing the two-year yield to the lowest level this week, after foreign funds seeking higher returns pumped money into the securities. The baht weakened for a third day.

International investors purchased $264 million more sovereign notes than they sold in the first three days of this week, according to Thai Bond Market Association data. Thailand’s 10-year bonds yield 3.47 percent, compared with 1.59 percent for similar-maturity Treasuries and 0.74 percent for Japanese debt. Overseas funds sold a net $201 million of Thai equities this week through yesterday, exchange data show.

“Risk sentiment is not that strong to the point where investors are aggressively taking risks, so bonds attract more funds than stocks,” said Kozo Hasegawa, a Bangkok-based foreign-exchange trader at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. “Thai bonds still offer higher yields relative to those from developed nations.”

The yield on the 5.25 percent notes due May 2014 fell one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 2.81 percent as of 3:12 p.m. in Bangkok, the lowest level since Nov. 9, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The baht declined 0.1 percent to 30.72 per dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. One-month implied volatility, a measure of exchange-rate swings used to price options, held at 4.27 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yumi Teso in Bangkok at yteso1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Regan at jregan19@bloomberg.net

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