The Russian ruble is on fire -- here's what's happening in FX

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The Russian ruble is on fire as crude oil prices rise to 11-month highs.

The ruble is up 1.4% at 63.7285 per dollar, while Brent crude oil prices are higher by 1.6% at $52.28 per barrel.

And, perhaps not so unexpectedly, other petro-currencies are stronger, too. The Mexican peso is stronger by 1.0% at 18.1808 per dollar and the Canadian dollar is up by 0.5% at 1.2673 per dollar.

As for the rest of the world, here’s the scoreboard as of 8:21 a.m. ET:

  • The Japanese yen is up 0.3% at 107.03 per dollar after Japan’s economy grew by 0.5% in the first quarter, above economists’ expectations of 0.4% growth. On an annual basis, the economy grew by 1.9%.
  • The dollar index is down 0.3% at 93.58 ahead of the latest JOLTS data. This report, which is a favourite of Chair Yellen’s, is a good overview of how dynamic the US labour market is or is not. We’ll get to see the quits rate, which is a proxy for how confident workers are with the idea being you won’t quit your job unless you’re reasonably confidence you can get another one.
  • The South African rand is up by 1.20% after Fitch affirmed South Africa’s BBB- rating. However, the country’s economy sharply contracted by 1.2% in the first quarter.
  • The euro is stronger by 0.2% at 1.1378 against the dollar after the European Central Bank began its corporate sector purchase programme, or CSPP, which will buy corporate bonds of companies with a high credit rating on a weekly basis.
  • The Polish zloty is higher by 0.9% at 3.7984 per dollar after the Polish MPC kept interest rates unchanged at 1.50%, as was expected. “We think the Council will keep the policy rate at its current historic low throughout this year and next,” wrote Capital Economics’ William Jackson in a note to clients.

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