The global forecast for the Asian markets is fairly directionless amid a lack of economic data, plus unremarkable earnings news. Even the geopolitical scene was quiet, so the European and U.S. markets finished mixed but barely changed - and the Asian markets figure to follow suit.
The SET finished slightly higher on Wednesday as gains from the financial shares were offset by weakness from the energy producers.
For the day, the index added 4.41 points or 0.28 percent to finish at 1,564.58 after trading between 1,559.30 and 1,570.86. Volume was 8.423 billion shares worth
Among the actives, coal miner
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The S&P 500 barely extended its record high after posting its first close above 2,000 on Tuesday, adding a fraction to 2,000.12. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15.31 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 17,122.01, and the NASDAQ declined 1.02 points to 4,569.62.
Traders yawned at a mixed bag of corporate earnings on a day without any first-tier economic data from the U.S.
Apple (AAPL) gained 1.2 percent following reports that the company will launch its biggest-yet iPad early in 2015. Also, Facebook (FB) was downgraded to neutral from buy at
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