Stocks, Euro Fall on Turkey Worries; Yen Gains: Markets Wrap

Publikuota: 2018-08-13
FILE PHOTO: A money changer counts Turkish lira banknotes at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey August 2, 2018. Picture taken August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A money changer counts Turkish lira banknotes at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey August 2, 2018. Picture taken August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
 

Stocks declined in Asia alongside the euro and emerging-market currencies, while the yen advanced, on continued turmoil in Turkey that’s sparked wider concern of market contagion. The dollar rose to its highest in more than a year.

Shares fell across the region while U.S. equity futures slid, with events in Turkey dominating. The lira recouped some of Monday’s drop as Turkey’s central bank took steps to boost liquidity. Emerging-market assets were under pressure as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintained his defiance toward the U.S. and financial-market orthodoxy in speeches on Sunday even after the nation’s currency plummeted. The South African rand, which tumbled to a June 2016 low, and the Indonesian rupiah were among other weakening developing-nation currencies.

Money is flowing into safe-haven assets like Treasuries and the Japanese yen as the situation in Turkey gives traders a reason to reduce positions in riskier assets. The lira’s plunge has reminded investors of past crises in emerging markets and rattled nerves, which show little sign of calming.

The decline in the lira “may fuel volatility in emerging-market assets and dampen investor sentiment in the near term, as markets are already skittish,” said Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management. “But the drivers of the lira’s decline are very specific to Turkey – therefore it should not derail the positive fundamentals in other emerging markets over a longer-term.”

Elsewhere, commodities slipped but were less affected by the Turkish volatility. Oil traded below $68 a barrel after Iran ruling out talks with the U.S. heightened concerns over global supply, offsetting signs of a potential increase in American output.

Here are some key events coming up this week:

China release industrial production, fixed-asset investment and retail sales data Tuesday. Earnings are due this week from companies including India’s Tata Steel, Maersk, Home Depot, China Unicom, Tencent, Cisco, Walmart, and Carlsberg. Brexit talks between the EU and the U.K. resume in Brussels Thursday. The EU is signaling it wants to make September a decisive month in the divorce negotiations, while U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May favors a late-fall deadline. Australian central bank Governor Philip Lowe testifies before Economics Committee on Friday.

These are the main moves in markets: Stocks

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index sank 1.4 percent as of 2:30 p.m. Tokyo time. Topix index sank 1.8 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index declined 1.4 percent. Kospi index fell 1.5 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index dipped 0.4 percent. Futures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.4 percent to 2,824. Indonesia’s Jakarta Composite Index fell 3.3 percent.

Currencies

The Japanese yen jumped 0.4 percent to 110.35 per dollar. The offshore yuan fell 0.2 percent to 6.8859 per dollar. The euro fell 0.3 percent to $1.1383. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.1 percent to 1,192.74. The Turkish lira fell about 1.5 percent to 6.5301 per dollar.

Bonds

The yield on 10-year Treasuries was steady at 2.87 percent. Australia’s 10-year yield fell one basis points to 2.58 percent. Japan’s 10-year yield was little changed at 0.10 percent.

Commodities

West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.1 percent to $67.62 a barrel. Gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,207.64 an ounce. LME copper fell 0.9 percent to $6,135.50 per metric ton.

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