Emerging market stocks were set for their biggest one-day fall this year on Monday. But the Turkish lira recovered somewhat after Friday's sell-off.

Turkey's lira was in recovery mode on Monday after plunging as much as 5 percent in the previous session, on Friday, March 22.
Turkey's lira was in recovery mode on Monday after plunging as much as 5 percent in the previous session, on Friday, March 22. (AA)

Emerging market stocks fell on Monday, tracking a global-sell off with investors ditching shares and piling into the safety of bonds on concerns over slowing global growth and fears of a US recession.

The US dollar took a back seat, lifting most developing world currencies with Turkey's lira in recovery mode after plunging as much as 5 percent in the previous session.

Weak economic data from Europe triggered a worldwide sell-off on Friday which worsened after more disappointing numbers from US came in, fanning global growth fears.

The US yield curve inverted on Friday for the first time since mid-2007, the strongest indication of a possible recession for the world's largest economy.

"The fact that Fed turned dovish and suddenly we had disappointing data brought back the bears," said Trieu Pham, EM Credit Research at ING.

MSCI's index for emerging market shares fell 1.4 percent, on track to record its biggest one-day fall this year with indices falling across the board led by Asia.

China's blue-chip index and Hong Kong shares fell more than 2 percent on growth fears and on caution ahead of fresh US-China trade talks.

Indices in Johannesburg, Mumbai and Istanbul all fell, tracking the global sell-off.

Stocks on Moscow's MOEX index recovered marginally from initial falls, while the rouble rose 0.3 percent as the market digested a much-anticipated US report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

A 22-month long investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended with a finding that no one in President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" in the 2016 election.

"Conceptually it should be supportive if we now assign a slightly lower likelihood of sanctions (on Russia)," said Guido Chamorro, portfolio manager at Pictet Asset Management.

Most currencies in the developing world benefited from the dollar's undermined position fanned by inversion of the US bond yield curve.

Turkey's lira bounced back 2 percent after Friday's more than 5 percent tumble, with the central bank pledging to strengthen reserves and manufacturing confidence rising.

In emerging Europe, Hungary's forint and the Czech crown rose over 0.3 percent against the dollar but caution remained amid economic slowdown fears in Europe.

Source: Reuters