EM ASIA FX-Asia currencies lose momentum

The ringgit rose as much as 4.1000 per dollar, its strongest since Sept. 22, as traders cut bearish bets on the oil rebound.

The Malaysian currency closely tracks crude prices due to the country’s reliance on oil and gas exports.

The ringgit pared some of its earlier gains due to a lack of detail on the OPEC agreement. “Oil should stay supportive short term, but until there is a convincing break above $50 per barrel, the USD/MYR will continue to be supported on dips,” said Stephen Innes, senior FX trader for FX broker OANDA in Singapore. Brent crude eased to $48.61 a barrel in early afternoon trade in Asia.

The ringgit is also seen having chart resistance around the session high, said a senior Malaysian bank trader in Kuala Lumpur.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes