* China stocks, commodities fall on liquidity fears
* Dollar softness to help EM currencies
* U.S. Treasury yield rise seen over for now
By Saikat Chatterjee
HONG KONG, Nov 30 Asian stocks tried to
stabilise after a rocky November month drew to a close, but
Wednesday's session brought new anxieties as Chinese equities
and commodities tanked amid worries that Beijing's efforts to
support its currency could squeeze liquidity.
Analysts said moves by China's central bank in recent days
to shore up a sliding yuan were sucking additional funds from
the banking system, which is pushing up domestic borrowing
"The stress could continue for a while," said Gu Weiyong,
chief investment officer at hedge fund Ucom Investment Co, which
specializes in fixed-income investment.
"Whether the situation gets better depends on the
willingness of the central bank to inject more liquidity into
Coking coal and steel rebar futures prices were on track for
their biggest one-day drop on record while Chinese stocks
were the worst performing stock market in the region
with a drop of 1 percent. and
The decline in Chinese stocks weighed on regional markets
with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
trimming early gains to be up 0.2 percent.
While it held near its highest levels since Nov. 11, the
index was set for a second consecutive monthly drop in a sign of
the uncertainty around U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's
administration and the outlook for global growth.
European stocks are expected to edge higher in early deals.
A six percent rise in the dollar against a trade-weighted
basket of currencies since Trump's upset U.S. election
win has hammered emerging markets, as investors pulled money out
in favor of U.S. dollar-based assets on bets Trump will boost
fiscal spending, growth and inflation.
More than $16 billion have been sucked out of emerging
markets in the two weeks following the Nov. 8 vote but stock
exchange data in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
and South Korea indicate the outflows may be slowing.
"We are starting to see some pull back on the U.S. reflation
trade and stabilisation in US rates," said Fan Cheuk Wan, head
of Asia investment strategy at HSBC Private Bank.
Valuations also remain attractive for Asian stocks. On a
price-to-book basis, MSCI Asia ex-Japan remains below a ten year
median value of 1.8 times, according to Thomson Reuters data.
In currency markets, the dollar continued to take a breather
against a trade-weighted basket of its peers, down 1
percent in the last four days.
The dollar's recent gains - 7 percent versus the yen and 3
percent against the euro - has come on the back of expectations
of stepped up fiscal spending, higher inflation and a faster
pace of monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. However,
market watchers say further dollar gains will be hard fought.
"The expectations phase will likely end soon as investors
are focused on what the real impact of the Trump administration
would be on the market," said Yoshinori Shigemi, a global market
strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.
Treasury yields have edged lower after peaking at
2.42 percent on the ten-year benchmark bond last Friday. The
curve, the gap between the ten and two year yield, has steepened
by 20 basis points in the last three weeks.
Oil slumped by roughly 4 percent on Tuesday before bouncing
somewhat as most analysts concluded the OPEC bloc would cobble
together a deal in Vienna to cut production to some extent. The
meeting starts at 1000 GMT.
Brent futures were up 1 percent at $46.80 per barrel
while U.S. crude gained 0.6 percent to $45.50 per barrel.
A broad index of commodities was down 2 percent.
Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1192.74 an ounce.
(Additional reporting by Ayai Tomisawa in TOKYO; Samuel Shen
and Melanie Burton in SHANGHAI; Editing by Eric Meijer & Shri