KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar on Tuesday (Feb 22) as foreign exchange market sentiments are expected to revolve around the Russia-Ukraine conflict as the signals are getting mixed, an economist said.
Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said, however, higher crude oil prices could lend some support to the local currency as Brent crude climbed further to US$97 (about RM406.04) per barrel, signalling the ringgit could benefit as it could improve the government fiscal space.
“Amid the unsettling market condition, the dollar-ringgit [exchange rate] could move within a narrow range today (Tuesday) between 4.17 and 4.18,” he told Bernama.
At 9am, the local currency had risen to 4.1830/1850 versus the greenback from Monday’s close at 4.1780/1815.
Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded mixed against a basket of other major currencies.
The local currency improved against the euro to 4.7326/7349 from 4.7466/7506 on Monday and appreciated vis-a-vis the British pound to 5.6864/6891 from 5.6959/7006 on Monday.
It slipped against the Singapore dollar to 3.1063/1083 from 3.1047/1075 at Monday’s close and eased versus the yen to 3.6463/6483 from 3.6384/6418 previously.-BERNAMA