Ringgit strengthens at the close

KUALA LUMPUR • The ringgit continued to appreciate against the US dollar today ahead of the Budget 2023 tabling this Friday, said an analyst.

At 6pm, the local currency rose to 4.6290/6315 against the greenback from yesterday’s close of 4.6420/6450.

SPI Asset Management managing partner Stephen Innes said the ringgit played a bit of catch-up today given the volatility in the foreign exchange market.

“Locals most likely want to validate a directional move before selling the US dollar and buying the local unit.

“There seems to be a bit of a long dollar position squeeze across the broader currency markets,” he told Bernama.

UOB Kay Hian Wealth Advisors Sdn Bhd head of wealth research and advisor Mohd Sedek Jantan said in the US, the ADP non-farm employment change report for September will be the main focus later today.

Meanwhile, the ringgit traded mixed against a basket of major currencies.

The local note edged up against the British pound to 5.2706/2734 from 5.2752/2786 at yesterday’s close and inched up against the Japanese yen to 3.2037/2056 from 3.2067/2090 previously.

It eased versus the Singapore dollar to 3.2500/2522 from 3.2462/2487 yesterday and fell vis-a-vis the euro to 4.5966/5991 from 4.5863/5893 previously. — BERNAMA / TMRPic