TOKYO, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Key TOCOM rubber futures inched up in early trade on Monday to a four-week high, helped by a weaker yen and higher oil prices, though a soft Shanghai rubber market on Friday limited gains.
* The key Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for April delivery <0#2JRU:> was up 0.6 yen, or 0.2 percent, at 262.3 yen as of 0045GMT.
* The front-month November contract will expire on Monday.
* The most active rubber contract on the Shanghai futures exchange for May delivery on Friday closed down 1 percent at 24,275 yuan per tonne.
* Volkswagen AG has earmarked 50.2 billion euros ($64.7 billion) of investments over the coming three years as it accelerates plans designed to help it become the world’s largest car maker by the end of the decade.
* U.S. crude oil futures settled up 90 cents at $88.28 a barrel on Friday, lifted by fresh protests in Egypt and optimism about talks on releasing aid to Greece.
* The dollar bought 82.35 yen, near an eight-month high around 82.84 set last week.
* Japan’s Nikkei share average rose 1 percent in early trade on Monday and may test a seven-month high, supported by climbs on Wall Street and expectations that a weaker yen will boost earnings for exporters.
* The following data is expected on Monday:
– 0900 Italy Consumer confidence Nov
– 1200 Germany GfK Consumer sentiment Dec
– 1530 U.S. Dallas Fed Texas manufacturing Nov
(Reporting by Yuko Inoue; Editing by Ed Davies)