Thai Baht Touches Two-Week High as Exports Climb; Bonds Steady
Thailand’s baht rose, touching the strongest level in almost two weeks, as a government report today showed exports climbed last month by the most in more than a year. Government bonds were little changed.
Overseas sales, which account for about two-thirds of Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, jumped 16 percent in October after rising 0.2 percent the previous month, official data showed. Global funds purchased $386 million more Thai equities than they sold last week, exchange data show. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose for a fourth day.
“Risk sentiment has been stabilizing recently and so funds are flowing into Asia, supporting regional currencies,” said Tsutomu Soma, manager of the investment trust and fixed-income business unit at Rakuten Securities Inc. in Tokyo. “Gains in stocks are also helping to boost investor appetite for emerging- market assets.”
The baht advanced 0.1 percent to 30.67 per dollar as of 3:16 p.m. in Bangkok, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It touched 30.62 earlier, the strongest level since Nov. 13. One-month implied volatility, a measure of expected moves in exchange rates used to price options, rose three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 4.3 percent.
The yield on the 3.25 percent bonds due June 2017 was little changed at 3.01 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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