Stocks extend recovery, S. African rand slips as markets eye data
* S. Africa April CPI steady; retail sales due 1100 GMT
* China stocks fall on concerns government stimulus inadequate
* Turkish lira down for 10th straight session
* Sri Lanka to be placed into default by rating agencies
By Anisha Sircar and Bansari Mayur Kamdar
May 18 (Reuters) - Emerging market stocks firmed for the fourth straight day on Wednesday even as declines in China capped gains, while South Africa's rand slipped ahead of key economic data due later in the day.
The stocks gauge .MSCIEF rose 0.5% to its highest level in nearly two weeks and looked set to recoup last week's losses as fears around China's COVID-19 lockdowns eased and strong U.S. retail sales data lifted sentiment.
Concerns around slowing growth and rising inflationary pressures amid monetary tightening cycles in developed markets have weighed heavily on assets in the region.
Meanwhile, South Africa's rand ZAR= trimmed some losses to slip 0.3% after data showed consumer price inflation in Africa's most industrialised nation stood at 5.9% year on year in April, unchanged from March and just within the central bank's 3%-6% target range.
March retail sales numbers are expected at 1100 GMT, while a monetary policy decision by the central bank is due Thursday, where analysts expect the first 50 basis-point repo rate hike in more than six years ZAREPO=ECI .
Elsewhere, Turkey's lira TRY= fell for the 10th straight session, trading at 15.9 to the dollar and bringing its losses on the year to 17% as it heads for December lows. The lira was the worst performing currency last year with a 44% drop.
"The Turkish lira has gone through boom and bust cycles for so long ... my forecast of the lira for this quarter is 19 (to the dollar)," said Cristian Maggio, head of emerging markets strategy at TD Securities.
Among traditional high yielders in EMEA that investors consider as fungible currencies in an FX portfolio, namely the rand, the lira and the Russian rouble, only the rand is currently stable and tradeable for foreign investors, Maggio added.
EM currencies .MIEM00000CUS edged 0.1% higher against an easing dollar.
"Three concerns are driving emerging markets: The magnitude of U.S. rate hikes, the Chinese slowdown, and concerns around war, inflation and commodity prices ... It's a temporary rebound until the next fall," Maggio added.
China stocks .CSI300 .SSEC ended up to 0.4% lower as investors worried that government policies are inadequate to reinvigorate the economy.
Elsewhere, Sri Lanka is expected to be placed into default by rating agencies after the non-payment of coupons on two sovereign bonds amid an economic crisis unprecedented in the country's history.
For TOP NEWS across emerging markets
For CENTRAL EUROPE market report, see
For TURKISH market report, see
For RUSSIAN market report, see
Lira has slumped 17% in 2022 Link
Reporting by Anisha Sircar in Bengaluru; editing by David
Disclaimer: The XM Group entities provide execution-only service and access to our Online Trading Facility, permitting a person to view and/or use the content available on or via the website, is not intended to change or expand on this, nor does it change or expand on this. Such access and use are always subject to: (i) Terms and Conditions; (ii) Risk Warnings; and (iii) Full Disclaimer. Such content is therefore provided as no more than general information. Particularly, please be aware that the contents of our Online Trading Facility are neither a solicitation, nor an offer to enter any transactions on the financial markets. Trading on any financial market involves a significant level of risk to your capital.
All material published on our Online Trading Facility is intended for educational/informational purposes only, and does not contain – nor should it be considered as containing – financial, investment tax or trading advice and recommendations; or a record of our trading prices; or an offer of, or solicitation for, a transaction in any financial instruments; or unsolicited financial promotions to you.
Any third-party content, as well as content prepared by XM, such as: opinions, news, research, analyses, prices and other information or links to third-party sites contained on this website are provided on an “as-is” basis, as general market commentary, and do not constitute investment advice. To the extent that any content is construed as investment research, you must note and accept that the content was not intended to and has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such, it would be considered as marketing communication under the relevant laws and regulations. Please ensure that you have read and understood our Notification on Non-Independent Investment. Research and Risk Warning concerning the foregoing information, which can be accessed here.