* Emerging market shares stabilize, Wall Street up
* Investors look to Turkey central bank policy meeting
* U.S. crude jumps as winter continues to bite
By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Jan 28 Stock markets steadied on
Tuesday after three days of intense selling as investors waited
to see if Turkey, one of the epicenters of the recent rout,
would hike interest rates to defend its battered lira.
Investors have been shaken this week as jitters about the
withdrawal of U.S. monetary stimulus and slowing Chinese growth
have amplified country-specific political and economic turmoil,
from Turkey to Thailand to Argentina.
On Tuesday, Standard & Poor's cut its rating on Ukraine's
credit further into "junk" territory, citing escalating
The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting, after which it
is expected to announce the trimming of another $10 billion from
the $75 billion it currently spends each month on buying bonds
to support the U.S. economy.
Wall Street stocks were trading higher despite a slide in
Apple shares a day after the largest U.S. company by market
value reported quarterly earnings.
"Emerging markets are doing poorly and that brings you back
to the U.S. stock market and that's why you are seeing buyers
come in, with the thought the selloff was an opportunity to
re-establish positions," said Rick Meckler, president of
investment firm LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City,
"I don't think there will be (contagion) absent something
much more material to the investing thesis around the world."
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 86.18 points,
or 0.54 percent, at 15,924.06. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index
was up 9.40 points, or 0.53 percent, at 1,790.96. The
Nasdaq Composite Index was up 4.52 points, or 0.11
percent, at 4,088.13.
Asian equities outside Japan steadied and U.S.-dollar
denominated Nikkei futures rose 1 percent. A gauge of
global equities rose 0.3 percent.
European stocks, and especially those in eastern and
southern Europe, were seen as possible beneficiaries from the
recent flight from emerging market assets, thanks to improving
growth prospects and still low valuations.
"No need to bottom-fish in emerging markets just yet. We
still find the euro zone recovery theme to be more interesting,"
said J.P.Morgan European equity strategist Mislav Matejka.
European shares were up the most in nine sessions,
with a 0.6 percent gain.
U.S. Treasuries prices were little changed. Analysts said
investors are reluctant to buy safe-haven bonds on fears that
any surprise in Wednesday's Fed statement could derail this
month's rally in Treasury prices.
"Investors are having reticence about the level of the
market in the face of the Fed announcement," said Robert Tipp,
chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in
Newark, New Jersey.
CURRENCIES LESS VOLATILE
Investors poured cash into developing economies when
emergency rate cuts during the financial crisis meant U.S.,
European and other developed market bonds offered little yield,
comparatively. They are now pulling it back out as prospects of
higher developed-market rates re-emerge.
The Turkish lira rose for a second day against the
U.S. dollar ahead of the interest-rate decision expected at
midnight in Istanbul (2200 GMT). It was up 1.1 percent at 2.2550
per dollar, compared with a record low of 2.3900 hit on Monday.
A new Reuters poll showed analysts expect the Turkish
central bank to lift rates by 225 basis points despite its
reluctance to unsettle Turkish voters ahead of elections this
"We think there is room for the central bank to use more
conventional monetary policy and that is clearly what the market
expects," said Fergus McCormick, head of sovereign ratings for
rating agency DBRS.
India surprised markets earlier with a rate hike.
Major currencies weakened against the U.S. dollar after data
showed U.S. consumer confidence rose in January, with Americans
more optimistic about both business conditions and the job
The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.3654 and the yen
fell 0.4 percent at 102.91 per dollar.
With Turkey expected to raise rates and the move from
India's central bank, more emerging market central banks are
expected to tighten policy in a bid to stabilize their tumbling
Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia - some of which have been
dubbed the Fragile Five economies, with a strong reliance on
external capital - are main candidates. South Africa's central
bank meets on Wednesday.
In commodities markets, Brent crude oil climbed 0.7
percent to $107.35 a barrel ahead of an expected drop in U.S.
distillate inventories as consumers burn heating oil during a
bitter northern hemisphere winter. U.S. crude jumped 1.8
percent to $97.45.
Three-month copper ticked down less than 0.1
percent, its fifth daily decline in a row, and was trading near
its lowest in seven weeks.