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    Thai stocks fall as top broker warns of civil war

    BANGKOK, April 23 (Reuters) - Thailand's stock market fell nearly 2 percent at one stage on Friday as the country's top broker warned escalating political violence could lead to civil war and anyone buying Thai shares now was taking "a huge risk".

    Riot police confronted "red shirt" anti-government protesters at a barricade in Bangkok's business district on Friday, a day after grenade attacks in the area killed at least one person, but pulled back without violence.

    "The government is far from controlling the situation," Kim Eng Securities said in a note to clients.


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    Blood on the streets, buy real estate...

    Wonder if patpong is up for sale yet ?

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    the baht remains strong?

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    He gave an honest opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    He gave an honest opinion.
    Irrelevant. Recently was a government man hunt for the person that started a rumor which led to a big drop in the SET.

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    I wonder how much affect a drop in the value of the SET has on the average family in Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    I wonder how much affect a drop in the value of the SET has on the average family in Thailand?
    sfa I'd say

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy
    the baht remains strong?
    Somebody explain why, please.

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    Government buying its own currency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    anyone buying Thai shares now was taking "a huge risk".
    The SET is one of the most manipulated markets in the world full stop.

    Anybody ever buying Thai stocks is taking a huge risk, unless you bought in at 400 some time back like Butterfly did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    He gave an honest opinion.
    Irrelevant. Recently was a government man hunt for the person that started a rumor which led to a big drop in the SET.
    Thought of his customers' interests first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    Thought of his customers' interests first?
    TiT. Telling the truth about the SET or just about anything else can get a bloke in big trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Government buying its own currency?
    Thai government has huge $US reserves, so gives them a big leeway to manipulate the currency for a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMoer
    Thought of his customers' interests first?
    TiT. Telling the truth about the SET or just about anything else can get a bloke in big trouble.
    So true, innit.

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    A shame, innit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    The SET is one of the most manipulated markets in the world full stop.
    I wouldn't put it like that, and it's not exactly true. Yes, some big silly local players conduct day trade raids on particular stocks, but eventually they lose more than they win, so it's quite funny to see. If you plan long term, it's actually very safe, safer than US stocks actually where stock raids and short manipulation is rampant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    Anybody ever buying Thai stocks is taking a huge risk,
    with the high dividend yield they offer, hardly, and their reporting standard are quite good, probably the best in the region. I would go as far as saying that SET is safer than SGX (Singapore) which is 90% correlated with Shanghai stock exchange.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    unless you bought in at 400 some time back like Butterfly did.
    I was in when it was about 350, even at 800, there are still some bargains. At 1,000 maybe time to get out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    and their reporting standard are quite good, probably the best in the region.
    Times must be changing quickly? A couple of years ago you said reporting standards were lax and that it was difficult to get accurate data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    A couple of years ago you said reporting standards were lax and that it was difficult to get accurate data?
    it was for a while, but since 2002 and 2003, there has been great improvements, and this has accelerated greatly since 2006. I am talking about listed companies though. As for brokers report, yes their numbers are "questionable", and their research standards are low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy
    the baht remains strong?
    Somebody explain why, please.
    Because the BoT has over 140 billion $ reserves , and the trade surplus keeps adding on top of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Government buying its own currency?
    Quite the contrary.
    The BoT keeps selling its own currency to buy $ in a desperate attempt to avoid the exchange rate to fall to 30 or lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Thailand's stock market fell nearly 2 percent at one stage on Friday
    yet it closed with a modest -0.9%.

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    Some good news then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot
    Because the BoT has over 140 billion $ reserves , and the trade surplus keeps adding on top of those.
    the reserve doesn't explain the strong THB, it's the strong export vs import things. When export fell last year, import fell even more, so the trade surplus was still there. it might have gone negative for a few months though, but hardly enough to influence deeply the trend in the THB. The large reserve does serve as a shield against speculators and send a strong signal to FOREX traders about intents.

    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot
    The BoT keeps selling its own currency to buy $ in a desperate attempt to avoid the exchange rate to fall to 30 or lower.
    It wouldn't go that far, they are trying to keep it at 32, it could go temporarily at 31

    The THB is a highly volatile currency, so quite a favorite among FOREX traders.

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    BOT are happy with the baht at 32 or even 33. That keeps the lid on oil prices which are important to the recovery of the Thai economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    That keeps the lid on oil prices which are important to the recovery of the Thai economy.
    yep excellent point, and the cheap USD means imports of machinery and technology needed to develop the country are more available

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