Rupee hits new low in inter-bank market – SUCH TV



The ruling PML-N’s thumping in the Punjab by-elections that has triggered political uncertainty along with import pressure took the Pakistani rupee to a new low against the US dollar in the inter-bank market Monday.

At the opening of the market, the rupee depreciated against the greenback by Rs1.05. It remains to be seen where the local currency will settle at the end of the day’s trading. The dollar is currently being sold for Rs212 in the inter-bank market, bringing the local currency to an all-time low.

On June 21, the rupee had closed at a record low of 211.48 against the greenback and since then the currency has remained volatile.

Meanwhile, the benchmark KSE-100 index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) is also in the red with the bears dominating the proceedings of the bourse. The index was trading at 41,532.46 points losing nearly 550 points as of 11:34am.

Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company Head of Research Samiullah Tariq cited import payment pressure and political uncertainty as reason for the rupee’s hit.

The analyst told Geo.tv that Sunday’s by-election results gave clarity but the market is awaiting a strategy going forward.

“[The] market is looking for a direction, therefore investors are anticipating what would be the way forward. Will the coalition government announce early elections or not?” said Tariq.

On the other hand, Arif Habib Limited analyst Ahsan Mehnti admitted that the currency is depreciating but is hopeful that it would recover soon as all speculations are in favour of the local unit.

Mehnti believes that the funds that Pakistan will receive from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the staff-level agreement will give the local currency a “much-needed breather”. 



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