Russian rouble weakens previous 80 vs greenback, shares fall sharply By Reuters

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(Reuters) -The Russian rouble weakened on Thursday, pushed by expectations that Russia might loosen up its non permanent capital management measures additional, whereas shares fell sharply because the nation continued what it calls “a particular navy operation” in Ukraine.

The Russian central financial institution is contemplating easing necessities for necessary overseas foreign money income gross sales by export-focused corporations, enterprise day by day Vedomosti reported, citing a central financial institution official.

Presently, Russian exporters are obliged to promote 80% of their foreign exchange revenues within the first three days after receiving it underneath a rule established by President Vladimir Putin in late-February to restrict the rouble’s volatility amid western sanctions.

The rouble ended buying and selling on Moscow Alternate 1.3% decrease at 80.90, heading away from its strongest degree since Nov. 11 of 71 it hit final week.

Towards the euro, the rouble shed 0.7% to 87.00 after briefly sliding past the 90 mark in jittery commerce.

The rouble eased this week after the central financial institution scrapped a 12% fee for getting overseas foreign money via brokerages and promised to elevate a short lived ban on promoting overseas change money to people from April 18.

However the rouble retains help from export-focused corporations which might be nonetheless obliged to promote their foreign exchange revenues on the home market.

Russian corporations are anticipated to extend provide of foreign exchange this month as a consequence of giant tax funds, which opens the door for positive factors within the rouble to 75 to the dollar by end-April, Sberbank CIB stated in a word.

On the bond market, yields on 10-year OFZ bonds, which transfer inversely to their costs, declined to 10.49% on Thursday from an all-time excessive of 19.74 hit on March 21 when buying and selling resumed.

Yields at the moment are pushed by expectations that the central financial institution will proceed slicing charges this yr after elevating the important thing rate of interest to twenty% in an emergency transfer in late February, which was adopted by a reduce to 17% final week.

The central financial institution stated it has not purchased OFZs since March 23, including that pricing on the OFZ market “has a purely market nature.”

Russian actions in Ukraine remained in focus, together with a danger of recent Western sanctions and expectations that the financial system is heading for its sharpest contraction since 1994.

Inflation has already accelerated to its highest since February 2002, reaching 17.5% in annual phrases as of April 8.

Russian inventory indexes had been down.

The dollar-denominated RTS index fell 5.6% to 941.05 factors. The rouble-based MOEX Russian index ended the day 4.9% decrease at 2,404.7 factors.

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