KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opens easier against the US dollar today in tandem with the decline in global crude oil prices.
At 9.02 am, the local unit decreased marginally to 4.3550/3650 versus the greenback from 4.3530/3630 at yesterday's close.
The international benchmark Brent Crude went below US$20 a barrel on concerns about ample storage and the global economy.
Brent Crude was trading 0.6 per cent lower at US$19.87 as mounting concerns over scarce storage capacity especially in the United States and global economic doldrums brought about by COVID-19 pandemic.
Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd said the research firm find it rather uneasy as the US remains the apex contributor to the global COVID-19 figures.
At the opening, the local unit however, traded mostly higher against other major currencies.
It depreciated against the Singapore dollar to 3.0673/0759 from 3.0672/0754 at Monday’s close but strengthened against yen to 4.0591/0688 from 4.0610/0715.
Vis-a-vis the pound, the ringgit rose to 5.4120/4261 from 5.4121/4254 while against the euro, it improved o 4.7169/7290 from 4.7221/7347 yesterday.
-- BERNAMA TAGS: ringgit, opening, Rakuten Trade, crude oil, Brent, COVID-19