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India Rupee Gains Most in Two Weeks as Obama Wins Re-Election

November 06, 2012

India’s rupee rose the most in more than two weeks as Barack Obama was re-elected as U.S. president, a result that makes further monetary easing in the world’s largest economy more likely.

Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, according to television network projections. Romney had said he wouldn’t reappoint Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who in September announced the monetary authority would buy bonds to spur growth. The Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against six major trading partners, fell the most in a week. The rupee’s gains will be limited after the Reserve Bank of India refrained from cutting borrowing costs last month, according to Westpac Banking Corp.

“The thinking is that Obama as president would mean a dovish Fed, which puts the dollar on the back foot,” said Jonathan Cavenagh, a currency strategist at Westpac in Singapore. “Investors are still wary of the rupee as they are disappointed by the lack of growth-support measures.”

The rupee advanced 0.5 percent to 54.1850 per dollar as of 10:11 a.m. in Mumbai, the biggest gain since Oct. 22, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. One-month implied volatility, a measure of exchange-rate swings used to price options, fell 14 basis points, or 0.14 percentage point, to 10.26 percent.

The RBI kept its benchmark repurchase rate at 8 percent on Oct. 30, citing price pressures. It also cut its growth forecast for the year through March to 5.8 percent from 6.5 percent and raised its inflation estimate to 7.5 percent from 7 percent.

Three-month onshore rupee forwards were at 55.09 per dollar, compared with 55.32 yesterday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Offshore non-deliverable contracts were at 55.07 versus 55.36. Forwards are agreements to buy or sell assets at a set price and date. Non-deliverable contracts are settled in dollars.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeanette Rodrigues in Mumbai at jrodrigues26@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Regan at jregan19@bloomberg.net


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