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The SET index closed yesterday at 720.84, up 2.07, in thin trade worth 12.8 billion baht. For the year to date, the index has fallen by 2.15%. Market capitalisation of the SET rose by 4.2% over the month to 5.803 trillion baht, while market capitalisation for the Market for Alternative Investment rose by 0.3% to 38.414 billion.
Singapore shares ended higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index at 2,862.29, up 0.80 per cent, or 22.75 points. About 1.7 billion shares exchanged hands.
Kuala Lumpur rallied 0.78 percent to the highest since March 2008, led by plantation firms.
Jakarta, Philippines maintained highs and Veit Nam slipped slightly.
Overseas Last Night
US stocks continued modest gains on Wednesday, a stronger rally was tempered by the US government's report of a drop in company inventories during January.
The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories fell 0.2 per cent in January after falling one per cent in December.But company sales rose 1.3 per cent, their 10th straight gain. A pickup in sales would prompt businesses to restock inventories.
With little economic data released since last week's better-than-expected jobs report, investors haven't been making big moves.
But readings on weekly jobless claims, retail sales and consumer sentiment will be released in the coming days and may give investors a better sense of where the economy stands.
With almost 90 minutes of Wednesday trade remaining, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 18.82 points, or 0.18 per cent, at 10,583.20 points.
The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 6.62 points, or 0.58 per cent, at 1147.06 points.
The Nasdaq composite index was up 18.51 points, or 0.79 per cent, at 2359.19.
Europe's leading stock markets nudged higher on Wednesday in cautious trading, as market players digested the latest batch of company results and awaited key US economic data later this week.
The FTSE 100 index rose 38.27 points, or 0.68 per cent, to 5640.57 points.
The German DAX 30 ended up 50.83 points, or 0.86 per cent, at 5936.72 points.
In France, the CAC 40 index gained 33.54 points, or 0.86 per cent, to close at 3943.55 points.
The market was also supported by news of soaring Chinese exports and after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries lifted its forecast for world oil demand growth.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for April delivery, rose 60 US cents to settle at $US82.09, according to preliminary settlement figures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The contract touched an intraday high of $US83.03, after figures showed crude inventories grew last week by 1.4 million barrels to 343 million barrels, well below the market expectations of a 2.1 million barrel increase.
But prices retreated after market participants regarded the move higher as overdone.
Meanwhile, OPEC said world oil demand should grow by 900,000 barrels per day this year, an upward revision from last month's forecast.
OPEC said its forecast depended on a sustained global economic rebound, particularly in the US.
China, the second biggest oil consumer, said on Wednesday that its exports soared for the third straight month in February and at their fastest pace in three years.
In London, Brent crude was 3 US cents lower at $US79.88 on the ICE futures exchange.
Gold for April delivery fell $US14.20 to settle at $US1108.10 an ounce.
Silver for May delivery fell 32 US cents to settle at $US17.018 an ounce.
Copper for May delivery fell 4.35 US cents to settle at $US3.368 per pound.
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