Emerging-Market Currencies, Stocks Advance With Commoditiesby and
Mexico, Argentina currencies hit new lows; Brazil real gains
MSCI gauge for developing-nation stocks above 50-day average
Emerging-market currencies and stocks advanced as a rally in commodities bolstered the outlook for raw-material exporters.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index rose for the fourth time in five days led by gains in South Africa’s rand and Brazil’s real, which advanced the most among major currencies. The Mexican peso weakened 1.9 percent to a record low, spurring Banxico’s intervention bets. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index of stocks climbed to a three week-high. The Bloomberg Commodity Index halted a three-day slide as the dollar retreated from the highest level in 14 years.
"Positive momentum in commodity prices and a weaker dollar are the main drivers for emerging-market currencies today," said Georgette Boele, a currency and commodity strategist at ABN Amro NV in Amsterdam and one of the top forecasters for Brazil’s real in the past quarter, according to Bloomberg rankings.
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index rose 0.1 percent
- South African rand climbed 1.5 percent, Brazil’s real advanced 1.4 percent, breaching the 3.24-3.30 per dollar range that had been in place since Dec. 22
- Credit Suisse says the Mexican peso is now in ‘uncharted territory’ amid U.S. trade uncertainties
- Argentina’s peso extended last week’s losses and hit a record low
- The MSCI equities gauge rose 0.4 percent after climbing above its 50-day moving average for the first time since Nov. 9 on Tuesday.
- Argentina’s Merval index advanced for a sixth consecutive day
- Russia’s RTS index fell 1.1 percent, the worst performer among major markets, Brazil’s Ibovespa declined 0.4 percent