Most gain; Indonesian rupiah hits 2-week high after Fitch upgrade

Most Asian currencies edged higher against the dollar on Thursday, with the rupiah leading the gainers in the region and touching a two-week high after Fitch upgraded Indonesias credit rating.

The Indonesian rupiah saw its best session in more than a month after Fitch raised the countrys Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to BBB from BBB minus and said the outlook was stable.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was nearly flat at 0437 GMT.

Markets remain sceptical that the passing of the U.S. tax reform will reverse bond inflows which have underpinned Asian FX this year,Chia added.

The Philippine peso extended gains for a third straight session as it rose 0.4 percent to its highest in six months.

The South Korean won and the Taiwan dollar gained as much as 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent respectively.

The Indian rupee rose slightly while the Thai baht was trading unchanged.

Bucking the trend were the Malaysian ringgit and the Singapore dollar, which slipped 0.1 percent each.



The rupiah rose as much as 0.3 percent to its highest level in over two weeks.

Fitch said Indonesias resilience to external shocks has steadily strengthened in the past few years on the back of macroeconomic policies that have been geared toward maintaining stability.

Fitchs upgrade may now raise expectations of an upgrade by Moodys next year, given that Moodys has already put Indonesias rating on a positive outlook in early-2017, DBS said in a note on Thursday.

In February, Moodys Investors Service upgraded Indonesias credit rating outlook to positive from stable.



The Chinese yuan rose as much as 0.4 percent to its highest in three months after Chinas central bank set its official yuan midpoint at the highest level in three months at 6.5795 per dollar on Thursday.


Source : Nasdaq

Dec 23, 2017

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EURO 16,225 16,370
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