KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit strengthened against the US dollar in early session today on an overnight recovery of oil prices but investors are cautious over a possible escalation of United States (US)-China trade war risk, said an analyst.
At 9.08 am today, the local note was quoted at 4.3470/3550 against the greenback compared with Thursday’s close of 4.3540/3600.
AxiCorp global chief market strategist Stephen Innes said a recovery in oil prices overnight was positive for the ringgit, but bullish ambitions continue to get thwarted by a possible escalation in trade war risk.
As does the broader market, he said the ringgit remained embroiled in a tug of war between reopening jubilance and escalating US-China tensions.
"After riding the wave of the stock market and reopening jubilance, currency markets, mainly the China risk-sensitive baskets, are yielding to trade war escalation risk into Asia open. Asia risk traders are seeking temporary shelter under the US dollar trade war umbrella,” Innes said in a note today.
Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded mostly easier against a basket of benchmark currencies. The local currency was almost flat against the Singapore dollar to 3.0669/0727 from Thursday’s close of 3.0664/0719 and eased against the Japanese yen to 4.0441/0519 from 4.0412/0479 yesterday.
It fell against the euro to 4.8152/8245 from 4.7933/7012 and went down against the British pound to 5.3564/3667 from 5.3363/3454. - Bernama
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