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Tokyo rubber futures rise to 2-wk high on strong oil, weaker yen (Nov. 19)

Tokyo rubber futures rise to 2-wk high on strong oil, weaker yen (Nov. 19)TOKYO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Key TOCOM rubber futures rose 2 percent to a two-week high on Monday, helped by a jump in oil prices and the yen’s decline to a seven month-low on expectations of more monetary stimulus in Japan after an election there next month.

FUNDAMENTALS

* The key Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract, for April delivery, was up 1.7 percent, or 4.1 yen, at 252.5 yen as of 0100 GMT. The benchmark contract earlier climbed 2 percent to 253.4 yen, its highest since Nov.5.

* Investors dumped the yen after the government set elections for Dec. 16 and the leader of the opposition LDP party, which is expected to win the poll, called on the Bank of Japan to print “unlimited yen” and set interest rates at zero or below zero to boost the economy.

MARKET NEWS

* The yen hit its lowest level in nearly 7 months against the dollar on Monday as expectations of more stimulus after the election made holding the already low-yielding currency even less appealing.

* U.S. crude futures extended gains in early Asian trade on Monday, as fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket attacks stoked concerns over escalating tensions causing wider Middle East supply disruptions.

* The Nikkei average climbed 1.7 percent to a two-month peak in early trade on Monday.

DATA EVENTS

* The following data is expected on Monday:

– 0900 Italy Industrial orders Sep

– 1500 U.S. Existing home sales Oct

– 1500 U.S. NAHB housing market index Nov (Reporting by Yuko Inoue; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Reuters

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