December 22, 2017 / 10:28 AM / 3 months ago

EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks set for biggest weekly gain since mid-Oct

(There will be no London-based emerging market report on Dec 25 and Dec 26 due to UK holidays)

By Sujata Rao

LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks tracked developed equity markets higher on Friday and were set for the biggest weekly rise since October, while most emerging currencies were also finishing the week on a high against the dollar.

In thin pre-Christmas trading, MSCI’s emerging equity index rose half a percent, led by strong gains across Asia .

With the dollar flat, Treasury yields stabilising and commodity prices rising, many emerging currencies firmed.

The rouble approached one-month highs while the rand was set for the fourth straight week of gains following the victory of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa in ruling party elections .

Emerging dollar bond yield spreads versus Treasuries have compressed 12 basis points in December though they have risen this week off three-year lows. Average local currency bond yields too, down 60 bps in 2017, have risen to one-week highs, reflecting the recent rise in Treasury yields.

Credit Agricole head of emerging market research Sebastien Barbe told clients he expected the EM carry trade to continue.

“We believe emerging markets’ economic growth should remain relatively robust in 2018, comparable to what it has been in 2017,” he said.

“We see EM currencies appreciating slightly versus the dollar on average in 2018, as the increase in U.S. yields should slow drastically in 2018 compared with fourth quarter 2017.”

For GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance 2017, see For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance 2017, see

For CENTRAL EUROPE market report, see

For TURKISH market report, see

For RUSSIAN market report, see) (Reporting by Sujata Rao; Editing by Toby Davis)

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