TheRussian rubleis stronger by 2.0% at 64.9898 per dollar.
The petro-currency has surged by about 20% over the past three months, the most of all the major currencies, on the heels of rising oil prices.
As of 11:55 a.m., Brent crude is up by 3.3% at $47.00 per dollar.
As for the rest of the world, here’s the scoreboard:
- TheBrazilian realis stronger by 0.5% at 3.4571 per dollar as of 11:53 a.m. ET as the Brazilian Senate moves forward on deciding whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. If Rousseff is suspended, Vice President Michel Temer will take the helm. Some folks, however, are worried that Temer will not be able to live up toinvestor expectations.”If anyone thinks getting rid of Rousseff will solve Brazil’s problems, the developments and U-turns this week (too numerous to list here) should make them think twice,” Marc Chandler, the global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, wrote in a note to clients.TheJapanese yenis stronger by 0.7% at 108.52 per dollar after a two-day slump. “The greenback initially extended its gains marginally in early Tokyo before the selling pressure emerged,” Chandler wrote. “The price action reinforces the importance of the JPY109.50 resistance area.”The British pound is stronger by 0.2% gainst the dollar at 1.4478 after some less-than-stellar data. Manufacturing production rose by just 0.1% in March, below expectations for a 0.3% increase, and industrial production rose only 0.3% in March, below expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Thai baht is little changed at 35.260 after the Bank of Thailand kept its key interest rate unchanged at 1.50%, as expected. The BOT said “the global economic recovery remained fragile” and the Thai economy “faces greater downside risks on the domestic front. TheUS dollarreversed some of its recent gains, with the dollar index down by 0.6% at 93.76.