KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The ringgit opened lower against the US dollar today on lack of demand, as the stronger greenback mitigated interest for the local currency, said a dealer.
At 9.05am, the local currency was traded at 4.1570/1630 versus the US dollar compared with Wednesday's close of 4.1520/1570.
The market was closed yesterday for the Maulidur Rasul (the birthday of Prophet Muhammad) celebration.
The dealer said Malaysia returned from holiday today to a market gripped by reopening fears, uncertain oil market, and the escalating Covid-19 cases globally, still lingering on the horizon.
On the other hand, the upcoming Malaysia's Budget 2021 announcement on Nov 6 also weighs on the local currency trends.
Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded mostly higher against other major currencies.
It improved against the Singapore dollar to 3.0419/0474 from Wednesday's close of 3.0469/0517 and rose against the British pound to 5.3746/3828 from 5.3860/3929.
The ringgit ticked up against the euro to 4.8525/8611 from 4.8778/8841 and increased versus the yen to 3.9765/9834 from 3.9835/9894 previously. — Bernama