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Rouble rebounds after trading suspension, Gazprom shares down

Rouble rebounds after trading suspension, Gazprom shares down

* This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The rouble turned to gains after slipping beyond the 61 mark against the dollar on Monday, while shares in Gazprom inched lower after Russia said it had stopped gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. At 1142 GMT, the rouble was 0.3% stronger at 60.40 against the dollar after hitting 61.45, its weakest level since Aug. 16. Against the euro, it gained 1.9% to 59.70 . The rouble pared losses it incurred after the Moscow Exchange suspended trading on its foreign currency and precious metals markets for 85 minutes, citing a "revealed mistake in the configuration of the forex market's trading system". Still, the rouble has been the world's best-performing currency this year, buoyed by emergency capital controls rolled out by the central bank in a bid to halt a mass sell-off. Rouble volatility has subsided since the currency hit a record low of 121.53 per dollar in Moscow trade in March, soon after Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine. It rallied to a seven-year high of 50.01 per dollar in June. The rouble is likely to remain flat this week "if the Russian economy does not face unexpected shocks or some policy decision - such as budget rule implementation - which may change economic fundamentals and FX market conditions," BCS Global Markets said in a note. Worried about the strong rouble that dents revenues from selling commodities abroad for foreign currency, Russia has been considering buying the currencies of China, India and Turkey to hold in its National Wealth Fund (NWF) as part of its plan to reinstate a budget rule which diverts excess oil revenues into the country's rainy day fund. On the stock market, the dollar-denominated RTS index dipped 0.1% to 1,282.9 points and the rouble-denominated MOEX Russian index was 0.4% lower at 2,455.1 points. Shares in Gazprom underperformed the market and fell 0.8% on the day after rallying last week thanks to a dividend payment announcement. Gazprom remains in focus as the latest Nord Stream shutdown, which Russia says will last for as long as it takes to carry out repairs, added to European fears of winter gas shortages that could help tip major economies into recession and energy rationing. "A new rise in gas prices in Europe is guaranteed, and for Gazprom itself - a further decline in production," Finam brokerage said in a note.   For Russian equities guide see For Russian treasury bonds see (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Editing by Mark Potter, Ed Osmond and Andrea Ricci)
September 05, 2022 at 11:51 am
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