By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global equity markets rose on Monday on hopes for U.S.-China trade talks scheduled this week, while Turkey's lira fell anew on cuts to the country's credit ratings and after shots were fired outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
Wall Street rose and broad-based gains in Europe and Asia lifted the MSCI's all-country world index <.MIWD00000PUS>, which tracks shares in 47 countries. The gauge has recouped last week's losses sparked by the lira's plunge, but not declines of the prior week when the Turkish currency began its fall.
Mid-level U.S. and Chinese officials are expected to meet later this week in Washington to discuss their trade dispute. But it is unclear whether the talks will have any effect on the implementation of U.S. tariffs and retaliation by China.
"Traders are cautiously optimistic, but just because the meeting has been lined up doesn't mean anything will come of it," CMC Markets chief markets analyst David Madden said.
"Some traders view the (recent) weakness in the Chinese stock market and currency as a sign that Beijing will be more accommodating when it comes to negotiations," he said.
Six days of public hearings on the proposed U.S. duties of up to 25 percent will start Monday in Washington as part of the U.S. administration's efforts to pressure Beijing for sweeping changes to its trade and economic policies.
Tencent Holdings Ltd <0700.HK> was the biggest contributor to MSCI's global stock gauge, which rose 0.52 percent, and it was the top gainer on Hong Kong's Hang Seng index <.HSI>, closing up 4.1 percent.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> closed up 0.57 percent and MSCI's emerging markets index <.MSCIEF> gained 1.15 percent.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 96.59 points, or 0.38 percent, to 25,765.91. The S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 7.5 points, or 0.26 percent, to 2,857.63 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 8.67 points, or 0.11 percent, to 7,825.00.
While the lira late last week clawed back sizable losses after touching all-time lows of just over 7 to $1 a week ago Monday, it has now declined about 26 percent so far in August.
Turkish sovereign dollar bonds fell across the curve on Monday and the cost of insuring exposure to Turkish debt rose after Moody's and S&P Global lowered their sovereign credit ratings on Friday.
In addition, shots were fired at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, compounding U.S.-Turkish tensions as a dispute over Turkey's detention of an American pastor simmered.
CENTRAL BANKS IN SPOTLIGHT
In a week light on economic data, investors are turning their attention to central banks.
The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its August policy meeting on Wednesday, which will be scrutinized for new signs of whether four interest rate hikes are likely this year.The U.S. central bank is widely expected to raise rates a third time this year in September, though doubts remain over another hike in December.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is due to speak on Friday at the annual economic symposium in August in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
"It's really going to be all about the minutes and Powell at Jackson Hole on Friday," said Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies in New York.
U.S. President Donald Trump complained to donors in New York's Hamptons about Powell's rate hikes, according to Bloomberg News, leading the dollar index to a session low.
The index <.DXY>, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, fell 0.2 percent.
Benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year notes
Oil futures rose after weeks of declines as investors grew more concerned about an expected fall in supply from Iran due to U.S. sanctions and worried less of a U.S.-Sino trade war hurting economic growth.
U.S. gold futures
(Reporting by Herbert Lash, additional reporting by Ritvik Carvalho in London; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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Updated Date: Aug 21, 2018 02:05 AM