Emerging market stocks rose on Friday, licking their wounds after the previous day’s losses, while developing world currencies firmed the most in two weeks against a softer dollar.
Investors tip-toed back into the developing world, upping exposure to risky assets which were walloped on Thursday as capital made a dash for the exits on rising US-China trade fears.
“Investors are largely neutral on EM, this is because most investors seem to have a fear-of-missing-out (Fomo) mentality,” Min Dai, Morgan Stanley’s head of Asia Rates and FX Strategy, wrote in a note.
“The risks to a neutral view are that investors could be dragged in either direction if the market moves, exacerbating the volatility.”
MSCI’s index of developing world stocks rose 0.3%, with Chinese blue-chip shares matching that gain. MSCI’s emerging market currencies index added 0.2%.
Turkey’s lira ticked 0.1% firmer, while stocks rose 1%, trimming their degree of underperformance relative to the MSCI developing world equities benchmark.
Higher oil prices underpinned a 0.4% firming in Russia’s rouble as it lifted off Thursday’s eight-day closing low, while rising energy stocks pushed the Russian index 0.6% higher.
Brent crude futures rose 0.9%, making back a fraction of Thursday’s 4.6% slide, which was their worst loss in about five months.
South Africa’s rand was 0.6% stronger. The country’s central bank kept lending rates unchanged at 6.75% on Thursday in a decision that divided policymakers.
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While inflation and inflation expectations were close to the middle of the central bank’s 3% to 6% target range, they had not yet settled there.
South African stocks added 0.4%, although Old Mutual Ltd fell about 1%.
The country’s No.2 insurer said its chief executive had been suspended following a “material breakdown in trust” between him and the board.
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Stocks in Warsaw traded 0.8% higher. PKN Orlen rose 1.2% after Morgan Stanley boosted its rating on Poland’s biggest oil refiner to “overweight” from “equal-weight”.
The broker said the disruption of crude exports from Russia appears to be short-lived and Poland may start receiving clean crude on June 9.