Russian Inflation Rose Ahead of CB Meeting

Russian consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in the week to April 24, gaining pace ahead of a central bank rate-setting meeting, data from the Federal Statistics Service showed on Wednesday.

Once persistently high annual inflation is now hitting all-time lows, slowing towards the central bank’s ultimate target of 4 percent. But the latest spike in consumer prices challenges the bank’s commitment to rein in inflation in the longer term.

Inflation accelerated from 0.1 percent in the previous week, helping shift market expectations towards a more conservative policy outcome from the central bank’s meeting on Friday.

A regular Reuters poll showed 20 out of 24 analysts and economists expected the central bank to cut the key rate by 25 basis points to 9.5 percent, while the other four predicted a cut to 9.25 percent. “Acceleration in the weekly inflation became a negative surprise,” said Dmitry Dolgin, macro strategist at Gazprombank.

Dolgin said that his previous prediction of a 50 basis point cut this week now looks “too aggressive”, adding that the maximum scope for lowering rates is 25 basis points.

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via Kitco

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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