TOKYO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Benchmark TOCOM rubber futures edged higher on Thursday, pulling back from a 1-week low hit the previous day as a jump in oil prices prompted short-covering.
The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for February delivery JRUc6 0#2JRU: was up 0.6 yen, or 0.4 percent, at 156.7 yen ($1.54) per kg by 0046 GMT, after sliding to its lowest since Sept.1 the previous day.
China’s trade report on Thursday should offer some guidance on the state of global demand.So far, Asia’s trade recession shows no sign of abating and economists polled by Reuters expect China’s exports fell 4 percent in August, a similar rate to July.
According to the Fed’s Beige Book report of anecdotal information collected from business contacts, the U.S.economy expanded modestly in July and August.
But there was little sign that wage pressures were being felt beyond highly-skilled jobs, which the Fed is looking for to push inflation higher.
U.S. crude prices soared nearly 3 percent on Wednesday in post-settlement trading after U.S.inventory data showed what might be the largest weekly stock draw in over three decades.
The yen remained firm at 101.81 per dollar JPY= due in part to talk the Bank of Japan’s board was struggling to agree on a common front for more easing at its policy review later this month. MKTS/GLOB
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei stock average (XC0009692440) inched down in Thursday trade, after Wall Street edged lower the previous day. MKTS/GLOB
The following data is expected on Thursday: (Time in GMT)
China Trade data Aug
1145 European Central Bank announces policy meeting outcome
1230 U.S. Weekly jobless claims
1900 U.S Consumer credit Jul
($1 = 101.7100 yen)
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Joseph Radford)