KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar for the second straight day as risk appetite improved after both the central banks of Malaysia and China moved to stop the slide in their respective currencies.

At 6pm, the local note ended at 4.6640/6685 against the greenback compared with 4.6760/6805 yesterday.

Bank Negara Malaysia said today that it will intervene in the foreign exchange market to stem currency movements that are deemed excessive.

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Assistant governor Adnan Zaylani said that while the value of the ringgit will continue to remain market-determined, the central bank expects ongoing measures by the government to further strengthen the economy would ensure the ringgit better reflects the country’s fundamentals.

SPI Asset Management managing director Stephen Innes said the ringgit traded stronger today as the US dollar was weaker against Asia foreign exchange on reports that China’s major state-owned banks were seen selling dollars in the offshore spot forex market.

“Hence, the action has taken some heat off the Chinese yuan’s weakening trajectory. The stronger yuan helped the ringgit claw back some lost ground today,” he told Bernama.

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China’s yuan firmed today after the central bank set its daily fixing stronger than market expectations.

Additionally, Innes said the foreign exchange focus should be on Friday’s US Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index inflation report, as this will provide the best read on where the US dollar should trade ahead of the July Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. “A hot inflation print would support the US dollar,” he added.

At the close, the local note was firmer versus the British pound at 5.9326/9383 from yesterday’s closing of 5.9487/9551 and improved against the Japanese yen at 3.2425/2458 from 3.2624/2661.

However, it depreciated vis-a-vis the euro to 5.1043/1092 from 5.0917/0971.

The local note also weakened against other Asean currencies except for the Thai baht.

The ringgit was marginally lower against the Singapore dollar at 3.4553/4592 from 3.4536/4575 yesterday and depreciated against the Philippine peso to 8.43/8.44 from 8.39/8.40 previously.

It was flat vis-a-vis the Indonesian rupiah at 311.0/311.5 but rose versus the Thai baht to 13.2155/2342 from 13.2733/2954. — Bernama