SET comes off near 24-yr high, other SE Asia markets mixed


Thai shares came off near 24-year highs to close slightly lower on Wednesday, snapping nine straight sessions of gains, with energy and healthcare stocks leading the fall.

Oil and gas refiner PTT Plc closed almost 0.5% lower after rising as much as 0.5%, while Bumrungrad Hospital Plc dropped 2.3% to its lowest close since Aug 28.

Thailand's medium-term growth outlook continues to be challenged by high household debt and adverse demographic trends even though the economy has picked up in 2017, Fitch Ratings analysts said at the agency's annual conference in Bangkok.

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