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Ruble firms as government steps up verbal support
(Reuters) - Russia's ruble strengthened on Friday after Finance Minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that exporters will step up dollar sales.
At 0815 GMT (03:15 a.m. EST), the ruble was around 2.7 percent stronger against the dollar at 59.85 RUBUTSTN=MCX and gained 2.7 percent to trade at 73.65 versus the euro EURRUBTN=MCX.
The ruble's recovery is in contrast to intense selling pressure earlier this week, when the ruble at one stage had fallen about 20 percent against the dollar on the day before rising again, threatening the relative financial stability on which President Vladimir Putin has built his popularity.
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Yellen's Inflation Lessons: Targets Matter, Oil Shocks Dissipate
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Russia Forcing SNB Hand Drains Arsenal to Fight ECB StimulusJanet
The Swiss National Bank's resort to negative interest rates leaves President Thomas Jordan wielding a weaker hand when the European Central Bank ramps up stimulus.
Swiss central bank officials are now bracing for a month of currency speculation as the Russian crisis simmers on and a potential ECB quantitative easing decision on Jan. 22 threatens further pressure on the franc. While the SNB can toughen its response, any further action will probably lack the shock factor unleashed with yesterday's deployment of a charge on deposits.
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