19 Apr 2010 10:28

Dollar, euro gain against ruble on declining oil prices

MOSCOW. April 19 (Interfax) - The dollar and euro posted gains against the ruble at the open of trading on the MICEX currency exchange amid declining oil prices and negative trends on stock exchanges abroad.

The dollar opened at 29.15-29.215 rubles/$1 in "tom" contracts, or 29.18 rubles/$1 on average in the first few minutes of trading. That is 15-16 kopecks above the close on Friday and the official exchange rate.

The euro opened at 39.3 rubles/1 euro, 9 kopecks above the previous close and 3 kopecks above the Central Bank exchange rate.

The bicurrency basket ($0.55 and 0.45 euro) rose to 33.72-33.73 rubles, 11-12 kopecks above the previous close.