* Russian rouble lags peers
* Chinese GDP misses expectations, but analyst see steady growth
* MSCI EM stocks index adds 0.3%
By Ambar Warrick
Oct 19 (Reuters) - Emerging market stocks and currencies in Europe, Middle East and Africa rose on Monday as a batch of Chinese data indicated steady growth in the world's second-largest economy, although rising COVID-19 cases and the Caucasus conflict capped gains.
China stocks retreated after the country reported a weaker-than-forecast GDP growth for the third quarter. However, analysts were encouraged by a broader upturn in retail sales and industrial output for September. .SS
Policymakers globally are pinning their hopes on a robust recovery in China to help restart demand as economies struggle with heavy lockdowns and a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Central European currencies, which had led losses across EMEA last week, were muted against the euro.
"Despite the miss, China remains the only major economy to post growth for the first nine months of 2020. Other indicators are also pointing towards a broader recovery which could be reflected in GDP for the final quarter of the year, if sustained," Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM wrote in a note.
China's growth rate was "good" and domestic consumption was the main driver, analysts at ING wrote in a note.
Most EMEA stocks also rose, with the MSCI's index of emerging market stocks .MSCIEF adding about 0.3%.
Still, rising coronavirus cases in several parts of EMEA, as well as geopolitical tensions in the Caucasus weighed on broader gains.
A new ceasefire in the region appeared to be in jeopardy after ethnic Armenian forces and Azerbaijan accused each other of renewed shelling. The ceasefire was agreed on Saturday after a Russia-brokered deal a week earlier failed. cases in Russia also continued to rise at a record-high rate, brewing concerns over potential lockdown measures to curb the virus' spread. For GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance in 2020, see http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance in 2020, 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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