by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE
KUALA LUMPUR – The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar today, driven by better-than-expected economic data released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM), a dealer said.
At 9.03 am, the local currency was trading at 4.1955/2005 against the greenback compared with 4.1990/2020 at Monday’s close.
DoSM yesterday announced that the country’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) increased 9.4 per cent year-on-year in November 2021 due to the expansion in the manufacturing, electricity and mining indices.
ActivTrades trader Dyogenes Rodrigues Diniz said the newly released economic data may have been the main driver of the ringgit’s appreciation versus the greenback.
“From a technical standpoint, it is possible that the ringgit will rally against the US dollar to test the 4.2450 region in the coming days, where it is likely to encounter temporary resistance,” he told Bernama.
At the opening, the ringgit was traded mostly higher against a basket of major currencies except the Japanese yen, against which it eased to 3.6391/6434 from yesterday’s close of 3.6302/6331.
The local unit appreciated versus the Singapore dollar to 3.0959/0998 from of 3.0987/1013 on Monday, gained vis-a-vis the British pound to 5.7004/7072 from 5.7018/7059, and rose against the euro to 4.7552/7608 from 4.7554/7588 previously.