LONDON May 2 Emerging stocks hit a 20-month
high on Tuesday, lifted by a global tech stock rally and easing
geopolitical concerns, while the main emerging currencies gained
against a steady dollar, shrugging off a batch of mixed data.
MSCI's emerging market index rose 0.7 percent to
its strongest since June 2016 reflecting gains in heavyweights
South Korea and Taiwan, where a number of blue
chip tech stocks such as Samsung Electronics and
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co soared.
The gains came in the wake of strong earnings from Google,
Amazon and Microsoft last week and against a slight easing in
tensions over the Korean peninsula as U.S. President Donald
Trump opened the door to meeting North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Markets shrugged off data showing that China's factory
sector lost momentum in April, with growth slowing to its
weakest pace in seven months, as domestic and export demand
faltered and commodity prices fell.
U.S. factory activity also slowed in April.
"You've seen some disappointing figures coming out of the
U.S. and China," said Per Hammarlund, chief emerging markets
strategist at SEB.
"It was unreasonable to expect that the relatively high
numbers we saw in March, when PMI numbers have been running well
ahead of actual growth numbers," could be repeated, he said.
Currencies also recorded a strong session with the dollar
treading water as many markets re-opened after a long
South Africa's rand snapped a five-day losing streak
to strengthen 1 percent against the dollar.
The gains came after President Jacob Zuma, leader of the
ruling ANC party, made a hasty exit from a May Day rally
organised by labour federation Cosatu on Monday. The crowd of
workers became rowdy, with some booing and chanting slogans
"Zuma still has the support within the ANC – not among all
ANC members, but within the decision-making body in the ANC. He
has enough allies within that body to keep him in power until
the next presidential election," said SEB's Hammarlund.
Turkey's lira gained 0.6 percent, while Mexico's peso
extended its gains for a fourth straight session,
strengthening 0.2 percent as investors saw the threat of
protectionist measures from the U.S. administration recede.
However, emerging European currencies slightly eased against
the euro across the board despite
manufacturing data that was in line, or a touch stronger than
Data from the Institute of International Finance (IIF)
confirmed investors' appetite for riskier assets, showing that
emerging markets had recorded a fifth straight month of net
'non-resident' portfolio inflows in April, their best run since
the first half of 2015.
Inflows topped $20 billion for the third month running in
April, making it the strongest three-month streak since 2014,
helped by record dollar-denominated emerging market debt
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Emerging Markets Prices from Reuters
Equities Latest Net Chg % Chg % Chg
Emrg Mkt Indx 986.35 +6.59 +0.67 +14.39
Czech Rep 1004.19 -3.68 -0.37 +8.96
Poland 2394.89 +18.02 +0.76 +22.95
Hungary 33074.27 +117.97 +0.36 +3.35
Romania 8236.78 +6.32 +0.08 +16.26
Greece 727.36 +15.19 +2.13 +13.01
Russia 1127.16 +12.73 +1.14 -2.18
South Africa 47156.56 +84.83 +0.18 +7.41
Turkey 95199.87 +544.56 +0.58 +21.83
China 3143.71 -10.95 -0.35 +1.29
India 29925.46 +7.06 +0.02 +12.39
Currencies Latest Prev Local Local
close currency currency
% change % change
Czech Rep 26.89 26.87 -0.10 +0.42
Poland 4.22 4.22 -0.05 +4.36
Hungary 312.03 311.72 -0.10 -1.03
Romania 4.54 4.53 -0.18 -0.16
Serbia 123.02 122.96 -0.05 +0.27
Russia 56.92 56.96 +0.08 +7.64
Kazakhstan 315.21 315.48 +0.09 +5.85
Ukraine 26.54 26.54 +0.00 +1.75
South Africa 13.29 13.41 +0.90 +3.35
Kenya 103.00 103.10 +0.10 -0.61
Israel 3.61 3.61 +0.09 +6.70
Turkey 3.53 3.55 +0.55 -0.19
China 6.89 6.89 -0.06 +0.71
India 64.16 64.24 +0.12 +5.90
Brazil 3.17 3.18 +0.03 +2.47
Mexico 18.70 18.74 +0.19 +10.77
Debt Index Strip Spd Chg %Rtn Index
Sov'gn Debt EMBIG 316 -2 .07 7 80.79 1
All data taken from Reuters at 08:44 GMT.
Currency percent change calculated from the daily U.S.
close at 2130 GMT.
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(Additional reporting by Claire Milhench; Editing by Tom