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EMERGING MARKETS-Rising dollar, yields keep lid on emerging stocks, currencies

Published 2021/04/28, 11:31
Updated 2021/04/28, 11:36
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* U.S. Treasury yields jump to two-week high

* Russia's rouble gains 0.4% ahead of OFZ auction

* Most central European currencies soften against euro

By Shashank Nayar

April 28 (Reuters) - A jump in U.S. Treasury yields and a firmer dollar kept emerging market currencies in check and stymied developing market stocks on Wednesday as investors awaited a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting.

MSCI's indexes of emerging currencies .MIEM00000CUS and stocks .MSCIEF slipped 0.1% ahead of the Fed meeting. Markets are hoping for confirmation that policymakers have no appetite to tinker with support for the economy following a recent run of good U.S. data. expect more of the same from Fed at the upcoming meeting, framing the story of no rate hike until 2024 and that Fed will be patient of inflation overshoots and be behind the curve in terms of tightening policy," analysts at Maybank wrote in a note to clients.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden will also address Congress later in the day and is likely to underscore his administration's plans for mass infrastructure and stimulus spending. improving U.S. economy and expectations for big fiscal spending are causing more investors to question the levels of quantitative easing through bond purchases and how much inflation policymakers would tolerate.

The benchmark U.S. Treasury yield US10YT=RR climbed to a two-week high and the dollar index .DXY =USD gained 0.2%, leaving limited breathing space for emerging currencies. USD/

South Africa's rand ZAR= weakened 0.2% while the Turkish lira TRY= climbed 0.4% in a third day of gains, with local bankers crediting locals buying lira for advances in recent days.

Russia's rouble RUB= strengthened 0.4% to trade below 75 to the dollar with steady crude oil futures providing support. O/R The gains came ahead of an OFZ treasury bond auction, which will be keenly watched after U.S. imposed sanctions that will affect foreign buying of Russian debt. return to a neutral monetary policy with its latest increase in interest rates will not hamper economic recovery, Central Bank First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva said. added that inflationary expectations in Russia are "very high" and keep rising, explaining the rationale behind the central bank's decision to hike the benchmark rate to 5% last week.

Most central European currencies also dropped against the euro, with Hungary's Forint HUF= , Polish zloty PLN= and the Czech crown CZK= falling between 0.5% and 0.2%.

For GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance in 2021, see http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance in 2021, 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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