Asia markets set to benefit from global data; yen eases

Mon Sep 2, 2013 7:17pm EDT
 

By Wayne Cole

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian markets look set for a second day of gains on Tuesday after a string of upbeat factory data around the globe boosted shares and most commodities, while a delay in a potential U.S. strike on Syria weighed on safe-havens such as gold and the yen.

While Wall Street was closed for the Labor Day holiday, U.S. stock futures posted solid gains with the S&P 500 contract up 0.9 percent. Broad gains across European bourses lifted MSCI's world equity index .MIWD00000PUS 0.6 percent.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 1.2 percent on Monday, and looked likely to notch up a fourth day of gains on Tuesday.

The dollar climbed to a one-month peak against the yen at 99.43, while gold eased to $1,391 an ounce as investors rediscovered an appetite for risk.

Prospects for the global economy brightened considerably according to a fresh round of purchasing managers' surveys for August. <TOP/MACRO>

Factory activity in the euro zone rose at its fastest pace in more than two years, and even manufacturing in struggling Spain grew for the first time since April 2011.

The UK's version of the survey far outstripped expectations and sent sterling up to $1.5541 as the market brought forward the likely timing of the first rate hike there.

The euro climbed around 1 percent against the yen to reach 131.21 yen, well away from last week's trough of 129.31. But it lost ground to the dollar at $1.3195.   Continued...

 
A visitor walks past logos at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai