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Thailand’s Five-Year Bonds Advance on Fund Inflows; Baht Weakens

Thailand’s five-year government bonds rose, pushing the yield toward the lowest level in more than a week, after foreign investors added to holdings amid signs of a global economic recovery. The baht dropped.

Fewer people filed applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S., while more Americans said this month the world’s largest economy will improve than at any time in the past decade, reports showed yesterday. Global funds bought $197 million more local sovereign debt than they sold in the first three days of this week, according to data from the Thai Bond Market Association.

“We have been seeing a recovery in economic data, which improves risk sentiment,” said Yuji Kameoka, chief currency strategist at Daiwa Securities Co. in Tokyo. “With plenty of liquidity, funds are flowing to the Asian region.”

The yield on the 3.25 percent bonds due June 2017 declined one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 3.024 percent as of 3:10 p.m. in Bangkok, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That approached a Nov. 20 level of 3.022 percent that was the lowest since Nov. 9.

Thai exports probably climbed 20 percent in October after rising 0.2 percent the previous month, based on the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey before official data due between Nov. 23 and Nov. 28. U.S. jobless claims decreased by 41,000 to 410,000 in the week ended Nov. 17, the Labor Department reported. The share of households expecting the U.S. economy will get better rose to 37 percent in November, the highest level since March 2002, according to a survey accompanying the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index.

The baht slid 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 4.30 percent.

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