Moody’s lifts Russia’s (Ruble) rating to investment grade

The Russian ruble has been gaining floor on the US greenback and the euro after international credit score rating company Moody’s upgraded Russia’s sovereign rating to investment grade with a secure outlook.

The ruble was buying and selling at 65.85 in opposition to the buck at 07:50 GMT, rising by 0.17 % on Monday and marking an almost three-percent acquire on the yr.

The Russian forex is buying and selling 0.18 % larger in opposition to the euro at 74.34, representing a 3.eight % progress since January 1.

Russian inventory indices opened larger with the dollar-denominated RTS up 0.7 % to 1,207.5 factors, whereas the ruble-based MOEX grew by 0.four % to 2,513.Three factors.

Late on Friday, Moody’s introduced the improve of Russia’s economic system from Ba1 to Baa3, acknowledging the “positive impact” of presidency insurance policies that managed to strengthen the nation’s already strong public funds and should doubtlessly assist Moscow stand up to potential US sanctions.

The company famous that Washington is extremely doubtless to introduce additional anti-Russian sanctions within the coming months. The new measures by the White House might “be contained without material damage to the country’s credit profile,” Moody’s mentioned.

“The sovereign’s vulnerability to such shocks has indeed materially diminished, and no longer constrains the rating to sub-investment grade,” the report mentioned.

Last yr, S&P Global Ratings upgraded the nation from junk degree, bringing it in keeping with Fitch Ratings.