Emerging-Market Stocks Rise on China as Mexico’s Peso TumblesBy and
Equities in developing nations climb to two-month high
Mexican peso, Turkish lira lead losses among major currencies
Emerging-market stocks climbed to a two-month high after data showing rising producer prices in China bolstered confidence in the global economy. Mexico’s peso and Turkey’s lira sank to all-time lows.
Investors pushed up the value of developing-nation assets after data showed China’s producer price index rose at the fastest pace in more than five years in December, boosting optimism about the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy. Still, that wasn’t enough to prevent the worst-performing currencies this year from extending losses as traders tested the resolve of both Turkey and Mexico’s central banks to defend them.
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index added 0.8 percent
- Argentina’s Merval index climbed for a 10th straight day to the highest level on record; trading volume more than doubled the average of the past 30 days.
- The Ibovespa posted a back-to-back advance, led by miner Vale SA.
- Russia’s RTS index gained the most among the world’s biggest equity markets.
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index halted a two-day slide, rising 0.3 percent.
- South Korea’s won led gains among the world’s major currencies, climbing 1.1 percent and rebounding from Monday’s slump.
- Turkey’s lira fell the most among peers, dropping 2.1 percent, even after the nation’s central bank pledged to tackle the heightened volatility in prices.
- Mexico’s peso set a new record low as Banxico’s dollar sales last week failed to spur a consistent rebound.
- Investors Signal Lira Needs More Than Words to Arrest Decline
- Mexico Needs New Peso-Saving Tools as Dollar Sales Sap Reserves
- History Shows Best Equity Gains Come From Emerging Markets
- MEXICO: The pace of Banxico’s dollar sales “is neither sustainable nor likely to work,” said Christian Lawrence, a rates and currency strategist at Rabobank NA in New York. “It is very hard for a country to strengthen a currency.”
- TURKEY: “We have always maintained that providing FX liquidity to the banking system is not really necessary -- nor is it a sufficient part of a solution to stop lira depreciation,” Commerzbank AG analyst Tatha Ghose said by e-mail.
- CHINA: "Factory reflation is a positive for China’s economy – real borrowing costs are now negative," Bloomberg Intelligence Chief Asia Economist Tom Orlik wrote in a note.
— With assistance by Constantine Courcoulas, Ahmed A Namatalla, Srinivasan Sivabalan, Onur Ant, Isabella Cota, and Ben Bartenstein