Fresh US sanctions against Russia drag the ruble down to a six week low against the US dollar, but Morgan Stanley says the current pace of the selloff won't be sustained. Higher oil prices should benefit the ruble; Russia is a huge oil exporter, and lofty oil prices will lead to more money being converted into rubles to buy Russian oil. Russia's central bank also may step in to stabilize the ruble and cap its weakness. Morgan Stanley warns about potential spillover effects in the Polish zloty and Hungarian forint, which are down today against both the euro and dollar. USD/RUB at 34.93, up 1%.
The U.S. government because of what it views as Russia’s interference in Ukraine, imposed its most wide-ranging sanctions yet, on key players in the country’s economy, including Gazprombank and Rosneft Oil Co, and other major banks and energy and defense companies.
Putin said he needed to see the details of the sanctions to understand their full scope. But he added that he was sure the sanctions would damage the national interests of the United States in the long run.