Global stocks climbed for a fourth day as Chinese trade data added to signs of a pickup in the world’s second-largest economy, supporting a rebound in commodities. Haven assets including the yen and gold retreated.
Raw-materials producers and energy companies spearheaded a rally in the MSCI Asia Pacific Index as industrial metals advanced and iron ore jumped in China. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose to this month’s high and futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index advanced. U.S. crude retreated about 2 percent, after surging 13 percent in three days on prospects leading producers will agree to freeze output at a meeting in Doha this weekend. Malaysia’s ringgit gained against all 31 major counterparts and the Japanese yen was headed for its biggest two-day loss since February.
Crude rebounded from a 13-year low over the past two months on optimism a global glut will end as major producers including Russia and Saudi Arabia prepare to cap output. Speculation the oil market will soon find some enduring stability is helping to prop up equities, even as investors brace for what’s projected to be the worst U.S. earnings season since the global financial crisis. China’s exports jumped by the most in a year in March and declines in imports narrowed, adding to evidence its economy is improving.
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