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  • Bomb in Bangkok could be targeting tourists: Pro Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 7:46 PM ET
    Bomb in Bangkok could be targeting tourists: Pro

    Suchit Bunbongkarn, director at Institute for Security and International Studies, discusses the bomb explosion which occurred in one of Bangkok's most renowned shrines on Monday.

  • How China's yuan move hurts emerging markets Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 1:52 PM ET
    A vendor holds Chinese Yuan notes at a market in Beijing.

    China's move to devalue the yuan will impact emerging markets in several ways and investors should beware, says UBS's Jorge Mariscal.

  • Weaker yuan deals Asia's casinos a losing hand Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 12:16 AM ET
    People walk through a concourse with their luggage at Hong Kong International Airport.

    Asian travel hotspots may be counting on an ever-growing horde of Chinese tourists for growth, but the weaker yuan may choke off the flow of travelers.

  • Thailand Q2 GDP beat estimates, but is it enough? Sunday, 16 Aug 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    Thailand Q2 GDP beat estimates, but is it enough?

    David Mann, chief economist, Asia at Standard Chartered and Kobsidthi Silpachai, head-capital markets research at Kasikornbank, discuss Thailand's second-quarter growth report card.

  • *Index at 73.4 in July, lowest since May 2014. BANGKOK, Aug 6- Thai consumer confidence fell to a 14- month low in July, dented by slow economic growth, contracting exports and low commodity prices, a university survey showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce dropped to 73.4 in July from 74.4 in June, its seventh...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 5- Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its already-low benchmark interest rate steady again, signalling its belief that the weakening baht can aid exports and economic recovery better than a rate cut can. The Bank of Thailand said its 2015 growth forecast of 3.0 percent is being lowered again, due to poor exports, but said it won't give the new...

  • Asian FX markets, brace for a difficult 2016: Pro Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 11:34 PM ET
    Asian FX markets, brace for a difficult 2016: Pro

    Daniel Martin, Asia economist at Capital Economics, says Asian currencies could face further challenges next year as markets have yet to price in the extent of Fed tightening.

  • Week ahead: Which Asian central banks will ease? Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 PM ET

    Asian central bank decisions are in the spotlight as policymakers debate the best course of action amid expectations of a Fed hike in September.

  • With almost 80 million people and annual output of some $400 billion, Iran could be the biggest economy to rejoin the global trading and financial system since Russia emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. Iran has already outlined plans to rebuild its main industries and trade relationships, saying last week it was targeting...

  • MUMBAI, July 29- Global rice prices are likely to surge by 10 percent to 20 percent in the next few months as an El Nino weather pattern grips top producers in Asia, baking the region's croplands and whittling down stocks of the grain to multi-year lows. While higher prices of a key staple would be bad news for impoverished countries in Asia and Africa, lower output...

  • *June factory output -8.0 pct y/y, biggest fall since March 2014. BANGKOK, July 28- Thailand's finance ministry on Tuesday cut its economic growth forecast for the third time this year due mainly to shrinking exports, a big obstacle to the trade-dependent country regaining traction. Since then, growth targets for Southeast Asia's second-largest economy have...

  • *June trade surplus $150 mln vs poll's $2.0 bln surplus. BANGKOK, July 27- Thailand's exports tumbled more than expected in June, indicating the country's weaker currency is not yet helping fire up the country's traditional long-stalled growth engine. Exports, which equal more than 60 percent of the economy, dropped 7.87 percent in June from a year earlier, the...

  • Top picks in Thailand's stock market Sunday, 26 Jul 2015 | 11:42 PM ET
    Top picks in Thailand's stock market

    Kobsidthi Silpachai, head of capital markets research at Kasikornbank, recommends investors to buy stocks that are benefiting from a weaker Thai baht.

  • BANGKOK, July 26- Thai Airways International Pcl plans to cut 1,401 jobs through voluntary retirement this year and suspend its loss-making flights to Los Angeles and Rome as it pushes ahead with a restructuring plan, its president said on Sunday. Thai Airways aims to cut operating costs by up to 9 billion baht this year, Charumporn said. From Oct. 25, the carrier...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to Aug 4 Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    PRETORIA- South African Reserve Bank interest rate decision- 1300 GMT. ANKARA- Central Bank of Turkey to hold monetary policy committee meeting to set interest rates. JERUSALEM- Bank of Israel interest rate decision- 1330 GMT.

  • *Euro climbs 1 pct from 3- month trough against dollar. NEW YORK, July 21- The euro on Tuesday rebounded from three-month lows against the dollar as an easing of pessimism about Greece had traders paring bearish bets, while the yen rose versus the greenback on upbeat remarks on inflation from the Bank of Japan chief. Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other Fed officials...

  • *Myanmar currently unrated by top 3 agencies. HONG KONG, July 17- Citigroup Inc and Standard Chartered Plc are set to advise Myanmar on its first credit rating, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, paving the way for the country to issue its maiden international bond. "Getting a credit rating is of the first importance for Myanmar, helping it to...

  • BANGKOK, July 13- Thailand's rice export association lowered its annual target from 10 million to 9.5 million tonnes on Monday, due to a slowdown in the global economy and fears that drought in Thailand could slash output for the year. Chukiat Opaswong, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said Thailand would face a tougher export market...

  • SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, July 10- Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of...

  • Tracking the impact of external risks on SET Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    Tracking the impact of external risks on SET

    Kesara Manchusree, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), says the Thai market is relatively immune to global risks due to domestic investors making up about 80 percent of the market.