February 2, 2023


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Rouble steadies close to 60 vs greenback; TCS, M.Video shares down after outcomes

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian rouble stabilised close to 60 in opposition to the greenback on Thursday, missing new momentum, whereas shares in TCS, proprietor of Russia’s Tinkoff Financial institution, and retailer M.Video-Eldorado fell after earnings experiences.

At 0718 GMT, the rouble was little modified on the day at 59.86 in opposition to the greenback and eased 0.4% to commerce at 59.77 in opposition to the euro on Moscow Trade.

Rouble volatility has subsided after wild swings that noticed it hit a report low of 121.53 to the greenback in Moscow commerce in March, quickly after Russia despatched tens of 1000’s of troops into Ukraine. It then rallied to a seven-year peak of fifty.01 in June.

12 months-to-date, the rouble has turn into the world’s best-performing foreign money because of capital controls and robust costs for Russia’s exports, reminiscent of oil and pure fuel.

Excessive power costs have additionally helped Russia’s financial system keep away from the meltdown that many consultants predicted however hardships are nonetheless rising for some Russians.

Excessive inflation dents residing requirements of Russian households whose inflation expectations have elevated regardless of a weekly decline within the shopper worth index up to now seven weeks.

On the inventory market, the dollar-denominated RTS index rose 0.6% to 1,189.2 factors and the rouble-based MOEX Russian index was 0.3% larger at 2,255.4 factors.

Shares in M.Video-Eldorado underperformed the market and fell 2.2% after the corporate reported a widening web loss for the primary half of 2022, because it noticed dramatic shifts within the macroeconomic panorama and shopper sentiment.

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Moscow-traded depository receipts in TCS shed 0.6%, extending Wednesday’s losses after the group mentioned its first-half web revenue dropped to a five-year low, hit by larger funding prices and conservative provisioning.


(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Modifying by Christopher Cushing)