KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit retreated from last week’s gains to close lower against the US dollar today due to profit-taking, a dealer said.
At 6 pm, the local note further weakened to 4.5060/5130 against the greenback from Friday’s close of 4.4795/4890.
SPI Asset Management managing director Stephen Innes said the ringgit gave up ground today as COVID-19 cases continued to surge in China, which skews the tug of war between weaker economic data and the reopening — more toward a weaker outlook.
“There is some speculation that the recent protests could expedite a quicker reopening once COVID-19 eases and this should ultimately be positive for the ringgit,” he told Bernama.
Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded mostly lower against a basket of major currencies, except against the British pound where it appreciated to 5.4004/4088 from 5.4094/4209 at Friday’s close.
The local note depreciated versus the Singapore dollar to 3.2804/2860 from 3.2573/2645 and slipped against the euro to 4.6705/6777 from 4.6551/6650 previously and decreased vis-a-vis the Japanese yen to 3.2614/2677 from 3.2118/2188 last week.
The market was closed yesterday in conjunction with the special public holiday announced by the 10th Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last week. – Bernama