As of 9:20 local time in Thailand on June 21, 2021, Nikkei plunged 3.54%, SSEC slipped 0.15%, HSI fell 1.20%, ASX 200 dropped 1.94% and Kospi dipped 1.18%.
Last Friday, SET Index closed at 1,612.98 points, decreased 4.67 points or 0.29% with a trading value of 110 billion baht.
Last week, the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged at the record-low level of near zero, as the economic recovery continues amid growing concerns over inflation surge.
The U.S. central bank on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged at the record-low level of near zero, as the economic recovery continues amid growing concerns over inflation surge.
Fed’s Chairman Jerome Powell stated that the Fed raised GDP expectations for this year to 7% from 6.5% previously. The unemployment estimate remained unchanged at 4.5%.
Meanwhile, the rate hike that was expected to move again in 2024, now expected to be two hikes in 2023.
CGS-CIMB Securities expected the Thai stock market to move in the same direction as Asian stock markets in concerns of the U.S. rate hike and lower bond yield that would result in investors selling risk assets for safer one such as bond yield.
In addition, the analyst recommended investors to monitor the Bank of Thailand (BOT) meeting for policy rate and GDP outlook that could be revised down due to the Covid-19 cases that remained high.