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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks, FX soften as trade war concerns persist

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Emerging market shares on Tuesday gave up early gains logged on some relief on the Sino-U.S trade front, while developing world currencies also weakened on fears the protracted trade war may have already begun to impact Asian economies.

By Susan Mathew

May 21 (Reuters) - Emerging market shares on Tuesday gave up early gains logged on some relief on the Sino-U.S trade front, while developing world currencies also weakened on fears the protracted trade war may have already begun to impact Asian economies.

Currencies in the developing world .MIEM00000CUS fell across the board as poor economic growth data from Singapore and Thailand dented sentiment and boosted appetite for the dollar. FRX/

MSCI's index of emerging market shares .MSCIEF gave up gains of up to 0.6% to trade flat, even as mainland China shares - index-heavyweights - closed more than 1% higher after Washington temporarily eased trade restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei. .SSMKTS/GLOB

The trade relief gave a fillip to stocks of other trade reliant economies such as South Korea .KS11 and Taiwan .TWII as well as to commodity giant South Africa's blue-chips index .JTOPI, but some others fell.

Shares in Turkey .XU100 fell 0.8% and the lira TRY= slipped 0.6% after the country's banking watchdog imposed a settlement delay for FX purchases by individuals of more than $100,000.

"Not a particularly encouraging sign - people will worry that this is beginning down the road towards capital controls," said Timothy Ash, head of emerging market research at Blue Bay Asset Management.

Indian shares .BSESN.NSEI turned to losses after scaling all-time highs earlier in the session on election optimism. Tata Motors TAMO.NS was the worst performer after it provided a disappointing outlook, taking the broader indexes lower after three strong sessions. .BO

The Indian rupee INR= fell 0.26% to 69.757 per dollar after Monday's 1% rise posted on exit polls suggesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi could retain power.

Analysts at DBS Group Research warn the rupee will weaken past 70 again because the next government formed will need to get fiscal consolidation back on track and rely on monetary policy to support growth.

Among emerging European currencies, Hungary's forint EURHUF= fell 0.2% to a more than eight-month low ahead of a central bank meeting next week when it is unlikely to tighten policy despite a rise in inflation.

The Polish zloty EURPLN= was flat. Poland's ruling party faces the risk of a defeat from the united opposition in European Parliament elections at the weekend.

For GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance 2019, see http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance 2019, see https://tmsnrt.rs/2OusNdX

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(Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru and Behiye Selin Taner in Istanbul; Editing by Mark Potter)

((susan.mathew@thomsonreuters.com; +91-80-6749-1130; Reuters Messaging: susan.mathew.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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