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Airports of Thailand now world's most valuable operator

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After a strong 2017 in terms of international tourist arrivals, Airports of Thailand Pcl surpassed Spain’s Aena SA as the world’s most valuable airport services company.

Powered by a 75% gain since May 1, the operator of Thailand’s main international airports passed the 1 trillion baht ($31 billion) mark in terms of market value. State-controlled energy company PTT Pcl is the only other Thai organisation to have done so.

Shares of Airports of Thailand were up 9.2% in December -- rallying for a 10th consecutive month -- as government data showed international tourists in November jumped 23%.

The stock’s surge was by far the best performer in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Bloomberg. Shanghai International Airport Co was a distant second at 29% in the same period.

Even so, analysts aren’t convinced, with many forecasting that shares may fall 12% over the next 12 months.

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Vocabulary:

analyst : a person whose job involves examining facts or materials in order to give an opinion on them - นักวิเคราะห์

consecutive : following one after another in order - ติดต่อกัน

convinced : certain; sure - แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ

forecast (verb): to say what you think will happen in the future based on information that you have now - ทำนาย, ทาย, พยากรณ์

gain (noun): an increase in the amount of something - จำนวนที่เพิ่มขึ้น

rally (verb): to improve after a time of performing poorly - ฟื้นตัว

surge : a sudden increase in something - การเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว

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