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Thai bourse market report for May 2013

- Daily average trading volume up 76.84 percent year-on-year to THB 58.57 billion (approx. USD 1.95 billion)

- Market cap of SET was THB 13.43 trillion (approx. USD 447.74 billion), down 1.59 percent from April 2013

- Derivatives trading volume up 40.94 percent year-on-year to 71,082 contracts per day

Bangkok, June 12, 2013 – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)’s securities trading remained highly liquid in May though experiencing a certain degree of volatility, brought on by reports on the US government’s planned monetary policy adjustment during the second half of 2013 due to economic improvement, including GDP growth and lower unemployment.  At the same time, lower-than-hoped-for economic expansion in China, Japan and Europe, which shook the liquidity in the global capital market, has also impacted the Thai Exchange.
The SET main index ended May 2013 at 1,562.07 points, up 12.22 percent from the end of last year, while SET and the Market for Alternative Investment (mai)'s combined average daily trading volume was at THB 58.57 billion (approx. USD 1.95 billion), a 9 percent month-on-month increase. Foreign investors and securities companies were the market’s net sellers, while retail and institutional investors were net buyers last month. The average daily trading volume for the Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX) in May was also high, at 71,082 contracts per day.

Key highlights


        At the end of May 2013, the SET Index closed at 1,562.07 points, a 12.22 percent year-on-year increase but a 2.24 percent month-on-month fall.

         Market capitalization of SET was at THB 13.43 trillion (approx. USD 447.74 billion), down 1.59 percent from the preceding month, while mai’s market capitalization was THB 184.01 billion (approx. USD 6.13 billion), a 3.09 percent month-on-month fall.  However, SET’s and mai’s market capitalizations still rose 13.53 percent and 38.34 percent, respectively, from the last trading day of 2012.

        SET’s forward P/E ratio for May 2013 fell in line with the SET Index to 14.30 times, from 14.88 times at the end of April, while mai’s forward P/E ratio was at 18.41 times, down from 19.83 times in the preceding month.

         The dividend yield of SET was at 2.76 percent, while mai's was at 1.49 percent.
        In May 2013, the combined daily trading volume of SET and mai averaged THB 58.57 billion (approx. USD 1.95 billion), a 76.84 percent year-on-year increase.  From January to May 2013, the two markets’ combined daily trading volume averaged THB 61.17 billion (approx. USD 2.04 billion), a 96.87 percent year-on-year surge.


         Foreign investors posted net sells for two consecutive months, both on SET and mai, of a total THB 5.11 billion (approx. USD 170.5 million), with an average daily trading volume of THB 12.74 billion (approx. USD 424.73 million).  From January to May 2013, foreign investors posted net sells of THB 21.04 billion (approx. USD 701.27 million) with an average daily trading volume of THB 11.78 billion (approx. USD

392.77 million), up from THB 7.83 billion (approx. USD 261 million) during the same time of 2012.


        In terms of fund-raising, listed companies raised funds through equity worth THB 28.10 billion (approx. USD 936.83 million).  Of that, THB 5.24 billion (approx. USD 174.7 million) was raised from the main bourse by four newly-listed companies and one property fund, while THB 22.86 billion (approx. USD 762.13 million) came from the secondary market.  From January to May 2013, the two market’s combined fund-raising was at THB 125.04 billion (approx. USD 4.17 billion), a 105.68 percent year-on-year increase.



        In May 2013, the average daily trading volume of derivatives on TFEX fell to 71,082 contracts per day, down 4.36 percent from the preceding month, mainly due to lower trading of gold futures.  However, when compared with May 2012, the average daily trading volume went up 40.94 percent because of more trading volume on single stock futures.


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