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Thai Stocks Drop to 3-Week Low as Floods Recall 2011 Impact

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Thai stocks dropped, sending the benchmark index to a three-week low, on concern floods and a potential U.S. government shutdown will hurt economic growth.

The SET Index sank 2.4 percent to 1,383.16 in Bangkok, the lowest close since Sept. 6. Siam Cement Pcl lost 5.3 percent, the most since October 2001 and the biggest contributor to the index’s losses. PTT Exploration & Production Pcl slid 4.1 percent after crude oil slumped in New York.

Floods have killed 22 people and affected 25 provinces, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on its website. Director of the National Disaster Warning Center Somsak Khaosuwan said the situation was “completely different” from 2011, when the worst floods in 70 years shuttered hundreds of factories including those of Honda Motor Co. U.S. Congress has just one day to end a stalemate that raises the risk of the first government shutdown in 17 years.

There’s concern over the impact of the current flooding on the economy, Rakpong Chaisuparakul, an investment strategist at KGI Securities (Thailand) Pcl, said by phone from Bangkok. “Anxiety over a possible U.S. government shutdown has also affected stocks in Thailand.”

Overseas investors sold a net $111.5 million of local shares on Sept. 27, the fifth straight day of net sales, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The SET has gained 6.9 percent this month, paring its quarterly decline to 4.7 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anuchit Nguyen in Bangkok at anguyen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Richard Frost at rfrost4@bloomberg.net

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