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Emerging market equities near bear territory; declines led by China, Turkey

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(Reuters) – Most emerging equity markets are hovering near bear territory after sharp declines since hitting highs in January, and appear set for fresh lows as the simmering U.S.-Sino trade war and rising U.S. yields undermine them.

Twenty out of 23 emerging market stock indexes are trading below their 200-day moving average, a technical analysis showed, suggesting further downside risks to these markets.

China has the worst ratio, with 88 percent of its companies trading below the 200-day moving average, followed by the Philippines and Poland.

Analysts consider the percentage of stocks trading above or below 200-day moving average as an indicator of strength or weakness of the underlying market.

Another signal that analysts look to confirm a bear market is whether stocks have declined 20 percent from their year-highs.

Turkey’s BIST 100 share index <.XU100> has fallen about 25 percent after reaching its year-high in January, while China’s Shanghai Composite index <.SSEC> is down 23 percent from its high.

MSCI’s widely tracked emerging market index <.MSCIEF> has fallen 18 percent from its January high, based on Monday’s close.

(Reporting By Patturaja Murugaboopathy; Editing by Vidya Ranganathan and Kim Coghill)

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