15 Feb 2010 10:25

Dollar, euro slightly higher against ruble on Monday

MOSCOW. Feb 15 (Interfax) - The dollar and euro gained slightly against the ruble at the open of trading on the MICEX currency exchange on Monday.

The dollar opened at 30.235-30.28 rubles/$1 in "tom" contracts, 1-2 kopecks above the close on Friday and approximately 10 kopecks above the official exchange rate.

The euro opened at 41.12-41.14 rubles/1 euro, which is 2-4 kopecks above the previous close but 3-5 kopecks below the Central Bank exchange rate for Monday.

The bicurrency basket ($0.55 and 0.45 euro) was at 35.14-35.15 rubles, 1-2 kopecks higher than the previous close. The basket has fallen 44 kopecks in the last four trading days.

The Interfax Center for Economic Analysis said the basket's slide had halted as it approaches 35 rubles, the lower boundary of the Central Bank's floating corridor, while trends on global capital markets point in opposite directions.