| LONDON, Sept 29
LONDON, Sept 29 Emerging stocks rose 0.6 percent
on Thursday, led by energy-heavy Gulf and Russian bourses,
though Saudi markets lagged and Indian assets sold off after New
Delhi said it launched a strike on suspected militants based in
OPEC energy producers' unexpected decision to cap oil output
spurred a 6 percent jump in crude futures on Wednesday,
and while details of the cuts were sparse, MSCI's emerging
equity index rose to six-day highs.
The Malaysian ringgit rose 0.4 percent to a one-week high
, while the Russian rouble inched to the highest in almost
two months against the dollar.
Russian rouble-denominated shares rose 1 percent
while Gulf markets in Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi firmed 0.5-0.7
But Saudi stocks slipped 0.4 percent, failing to
recoup recent losses that took them to eight-month lows after
the government unveiled a raft of sweeping austerity measures.
The market was also rattled by a U.S. Congress vote to
overturn a presidential veto of a law that would allow victims
of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Riyadh.
The riyal fell versus the dollar in forward markets, with
one-year forwards touching two-month lows after the
U.S. Congress overturned President Barack Obama's veto on
legislation allowing 9-11 victims to sue the Saudi government.
Jason Tuvey, Middle East economist at Capital Economics,
said the OPEC decision could lead to short-term market gains but
was not "a game changer". Nor did he see the Saudi developments
as sparking devaluation concerns.
"Fears about a Saudi devaluation have come down a lot in the
past few months. The government seems to be going hard and fast
on the austerity front so that's how they will adjust to lower
oil prices," Tuvey said.
Indian stocks meanwhile fell as much as 2 percent at one
point after New Delhi said it launched strikes on
militants it suspects of preparing to infiltrate the part of
Kashmir it controls. The Indian rupee fell almost 1
percent against the dollar.
Credit default swaps (CDS) for the State Bank of India,
often used as a proxy for the sovereign -- did not move on the
day though they have risen 15 basis points (bps) in the past two
weeks to 158 bps, according to Markit.
Turkish markets stayed weak, with the lira down half a
percent against the dollar and stocks falling 0.3 percent
as more signs emerged of economic stress. The tourism
ministry said the number of foreigners visiting Turkey had
dropped 38 percent in August on a year-on-year basis.
It was the fourth consecutive month that tourist numbers
dropped more than 30 percent and raises fears for the country's
current account deficit.
In South Africa too, the rand was half a percent weaker
. Data showed credit growth slowing to a below-forecast
6.15 percent year-on-year in August, underscoring the stubborn
slowdown in the economy.
Also in Africa, the Egyptian pound traded just off record
lows hit on Wednesday in the six-month and three-month
non-deliverable forward (NDF) market, as investors priced a
devaluation linked to the likely approval of an International
Monetary Fund bailout (IMF).
Polish stocks slipped a quarter percent as the
ruling party tightened its grip on economic policy with a
The Czech crown firmed in three-month forward markets
against the euro ahead of a central bank meeting
that could provide some clues as to when authorities could scrap
the crown's exchange rate cap.
Markets are now looking ahead to the Mexican central bank
meeting that is expected to deliver a 50 bps rate rise. The peso
was 0.3 percent weaker, just off two-week highs.
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Emerging Markets Prices from Reuters
Equities Latest Net Chg % Chg % Chg
Emrg Mkt Indx 917.53 +5.34 +0.59 +15.54
Czech Rep 876.28 +9.94 +1.15 -8.37
Poland 1729.84 -4.75 -0.27 -6.96
Hungary 27908.95 +432.55 +1.57 +16.67
Romania 6993.55 +46.62 +0.67 -0.15
Greece 567.72 +4.57 +0.81 -10.08
Russia 998.03 +22.72 +2.33 +31.83
South Africa 45950.38 +716.12 +1.58 +0.33
Turkey 77345.51 -332.27 -0.43 +7.83
China 2998.23 +10.38 +0.35 -15.28
India 27905.21 -387.60 -1.37 +6.84
Currencies Latest Prev Local Local
close currency currency
% change % change
Czech Rep 27.01 27.00 -0.02 -0.04
Poland 4.30 4.29 -0.06 -0.91
Hungary 307.98 307.51 -0.15 +2.16
Romania 4.45 4.45 -0.07 +1.56
Serbia 123.18 123.15 -0.02 -1.39
Russia 63.32 63.04 -0.44 +15.20
Kazakhstan 334.92 336.05 +0.34 +1.67
Ukraine 25.85 25.86 +0.04 -7.34
South Africa 13.69 13.61 -0.55 +12.98
Kenya 101.20 101.30 +0.10 +0.99
Israel 3.75 3.75 -0.09 +3.60
Turkey 2.99 2.98 -0.52 -2.59
China 6.67 6.67 +0.07 -2.64
India 66.86 66.34 -0.78 -0.99
Brazil 3.21 3.22 +0.02 +23.15
Mexico 19.41 19.37 -0.23 -11.54
Debt Index Strip Spd Chg %Rtn Index
Sov'gn Debt EMBIG 361 -2 .07 7 71.37 1
All data taken from Reuters at 08:50 GMT.
Currency percent change calculated from the daily U.S. close at
(Additional reporting by Claire Milhench; Editing by Toby