Financial Markets…Developing-country stocks advanced on Monday, heading for the longest streak of gains since July, as Russia and the U.S. sought a diplomatic solution to reduce tensions over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region over the weekend. The benchmark MSCI Emerging Market Index gained 0.5%, trimming its quarterly loss to 1.3% in the first quarter of this year. Russia’s Micex stock index rose for a second day, but the gauge is still down 10% this year, heading for its steepest quarterly drop since 2011.
Financial Markets…India’s rupee climbed to a seven-month high against the dollar as foreign investors stepped up purchases of the nation’s stocks and bonds by $3.5 billion this month amid election optimism. Investors have speculated the election of a new government will accelerate the country’s economic recovery. The currency gained 0.5% to 60.478 per dollar after appreciating to 60.475, the strongest level since August 12.
Financial Markets…Developing-country stocks fell for the first time this week on China concern. The benchmark MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.3%, snapping a two-day gain, as China’s broader stock index dropped 0.8% and the country’s currency weakened to near an 11-month low against the dollar. The collapse of property stocks and an increase in money-market rate spurred a slide in Chinese stocks. Russian stocks posted sharp declines as well amid lingering tensions over Ukraine.
Financial Markets…Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras sold $8.5 billion of international bonds yesterday, as the company continued to raise funds for its massive investment plan (some $221 billion over the next five years). The transaction comprised of six tranches with four different maturities. Petrobras’ bonds accounted for 40% of total bonds sold by Latin American sovereign and corporate borrowers thus far this year. The company also issued record-breaking $11 billion worth of debt last May.
Financial Markets… Spanish and Italian 10-year borrowing costs touched multi-years lows on Wednesday as the latest surveys showed the euro-area services and manufacturing grew more-than-expected in February, boosting demand for the region’s high-yielding bonds. Spain’s 10-year bond yield fell as much as 9 basis points to 3.35%, the lowest level since October 2005. Improving creditworthiness of the two countries drove their 10-year government bond yields to below 4% this year for the first time since 2010.
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Financial Markets…Global equities bounced back on Tuesday as Ukraine tensions eased. The rebound was led by European stocks with the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index advancing 2.1%, the biggest rally in eight months. The European gauge tumbled 2.3% yesterday after Russia’s parliament granted President Putin the authority to use military force in Ukraine. Asian and developing-country shares also recovered amid improving investor sentiment. U.S. equities gained as well, with the S&P 500 index surging 1.4% to a fresh record high in mid-day trading.