EMERGING MARKETS-EM stocks edge up tracking Wall St; U.S.-China tariff deadline looms

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EMERGING MARKETS-EM stocks edge up tracking Wall St; U.S.-China tariff deadline looms
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* Saudi Arabian stocks among top performers

* MSCI EM stocks index at near 2-week high

* MSCI EM currency index muted

By Ambar Warrick

Dec 9 (Reuters) - Most emerging stock markets rose on Monday, tracking Wall Street's rally in the prior session, although a surprise drop in Chinese exports checked larger gains, with the focus turning to an upcoming deadline on further U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.

Global stocks tracked Wall Street's Friday rally, although gains were checked by weak trade data from China providing a stark reminder of the economic impact of a prolonged trade war. MKTS/GLOB

With U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods due to come into effect on Sunday, investors are likely to make cautious plays in anticipation of a "phase-one" trade deal between the two.

"The contrasting U.S. and Chinese data should swing the trade negotiation pendulum back to neutral from the Chinese side amongst the worlds trade watchers (i.e. all of us)," Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA, wrote in a note.

"One gets the sense that this Sunday's next round of tariffs on China is no longer the line in the sand it once was perceived to be."

The MSCI's index of emerging market stocks .MSCIEF ticked up to a near two-week high, and was likely to gain for a third straight day.

The Saudi Arabian stock index .TASI was among the best performers, ahead of the listing of State-owned oil group Saudi Aramco on Thursday. Aramco's initial public offering was the largest in the world, raising about $25.6 billion. stocks .IMOEX pared early gains to trade flat as stronger oil and gas stocks were offset by weaker financials. Energy stocks, which rank among the heaviest on the Russian index, were propped by large gains in oil prices last week.

However, oil prices ticked lower for the day as markets perceived weaker growth resulting in softer demand from China. O/R

Chinese stocks .SSEC ended slightly lower, while the yuan CNY=CFXS weakened marginally.

The MSCI's emerging market currency index .MIEM00000CUS holding its ground against the dollar, which ended last week lower despite the strong jobs showing. USD/

Turkey's lira TRY= weakened against the dollar as the country's central bank adjusted reserve rules to increase loans to production sectors. GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance 2019, see http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance 2019, see https://tmsnrt.rs/2OusNdX

For TOP NEWS across emerging markets CENTRAL EUROPE market report, see CEE/

For TURKISH market report, see .IS

For RUSSIAN market report, see RU/RUB

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