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PKR gains 1.13 rupees against USD in a week

PKR edges higher against USD at 278.4
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November 24, 2023 (MLN): The Pakistani rupee (PKR) appreciated by 1.13 rupees against the US dollar this week and settled the trade at PKR 285.37, compared to the previous week's closing of PKR 286.5 per USD.

In today's session, the local unit depreciated by around 11 paisa and saw an intraday high (bid) of 285.5 and a low (ask) of 285 against USD.

In the open market, the local unit lost 50 paisa as exchange companies quoted the dollar at 283.50 for buying and 286.50 for selling, compared to the previous closing of 283 for buying and 286 for selling.

To note, this marks the second consecutive weekly gain witnessed by the local unit against the greenback.

This upswing follows the successful staff-level agreement (SLA) between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistani authorities during the first review under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA).

Pending approval by the IMF's Executive Board, the agreement will grant Pakistan access to SDR 528 million, around $700m.

In the statement issued by the IMF on the approval, the Fund said that strengthening macroeconomic sustainability and laying the conditions for balanced growth are key priorities under the SBA.

The authorities’ policy priorities include returning to a market-determined exchange rate and rebuilding FX reserves.

While inflows following increased regulatory and law enforcement helped normalize import and FX payments and rebuild reserves, the authorities recognize that the rupee must remain market-determined to alleviate external pressures and rebuild reserves sustainably.

To support this, they plan to strengthen the transparency and efficiency of the FX market and refrain from administrative actions to influence the rupee.

Moreover, in a recent development, Pakistan is likely to receive funds worth $1.5 billion from global lenders upon the IMF's approval of the loan tranche under the $3bn SBA, the caretaker finance minister, Dr Shamshad Akhtar stated during an interview with a local news channel.

Despite experiencing a weekly gain amid this positive trend, the PKR has depreciated for two consecutive days.

To recall, the pressure resulting from the gap between the demand and supply of dollars prevailed over the market for days and the PKR suffered losses for four consecutive weeks.

However, as per Bloomberg's latest report, the local unit's outlook will improve following the International Monetary Fund’s preliminary approval for the release of the next loan tranche under the current $3bn loan program.

In comparison to major currencies, PKR lost 8.73 paisa against the Euro, closing at 311.31 compared to the previous value of 311.22.

The British Pound became expensive by 1.43 rupees, closing at 358.2 compared to 356.77 from a day ago.

Swiss franc saw gains of 8.36 paisa, closing at 322.89 compared to 322.81 from the previous session.

Against the Japanese Yen, PKR gained 0.4 paisa, closing at 1.908 versus 1.912 a day ago.

The Chinese Yuan lost 5.97 paisa, closing at 39.8984 against 39.9581 from the previous session.

The Saudi Riyal closed at 76.09 with a gain of 3.03 paisa from its value of 76.06 a day ago.

The U.A.E Dirham increased in value by 2.78 paisa from 77.674 a day ago to 77.702.

During the current financial year, PKR has appreciated against the Dollar by 0.62 rupees or 0.22%. While the current calendar year has seen PKR depreciate by 58.94 rupees or 20.65%.

In the Money Market, the benchmark 6-month Karachi Interbank Bid and Offer rates inched up by 3 bps to 21.18% and 21.43%.

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) conducted a reverse repo and Shariah Compliant Modarabah-based Open Market Operation (OMO) today, in which it cumulatively injected a total of Rs2.12 trillion into the market. Of which Rs1.92tr were injected through reverse repo OMO. 

Meanwhile, the remaining Rs200 billion was injected through Shariah-compliant Modarabah-based OMO. 

Performance Summary

Currency Nov 24, 2023 Nov 23, 2023 Change 1 Month FYTD CYTD 1 Day 7 Day 1 Month MTD FYTD CYTD
USD 285.3713 285.2651 -0.1062 -5.4894 0.6192 -58.9404 -0.04% 0.39% -1.92% -1.37% 0.22% -20.65%
EUR 311.3115 311.2242 -0.0873 -14.7487 1.6193 -70.0040 -0.03% -0.34% -4.74% -4.01% 0.52% -22.49%
GBP 358.198 356.7668 -1.4312 -18.2115 5.9393 -85.1223 -0.40% -0.95% -5.08% -4.55% 1.66% -23.76%
CHF 322.8913 322.8077 -0.0836 -9.8243 -3.1345 -77.8627 -0.03% -0.22% -3.04% -3.40% -0.97% -24.11%
JPY 1.9075 1.9115 0.0040 -0.0401 0.0848 -0.1939 0.21% -0.15% -2.10% -1.87% 4.45% -10.17%
SAR 76.0868 76.0565 -0.0303 -1.4775 0.1672 -15.8818 -0.04% 0.40% -1.94% -1.39% 0.22% -20.87%
AED 77.7017 77.6739 -0.0278 -1.5019 0.1601 -16.0493 -0.04% 0.39% -1.93% -1.38% 0.21% -20.66%
CNY 39.8984 39.9581 0.0597 -1.6391 -0.2287 -7.3327 0.15% -0.92% -4.11% -3.60% -0.57% -18.38%

52 Week Performance

Currency High Low Trading Band % Since High % Since Low High Date Low Date Days Since High Days Since Low
USD 223.689 307.1 83.4110 -21.61% 7.61% 01-Dec-22 05-Sep-23 358 80
EUR 231.889 332.701 100.8120 -25.51% 6.87% 30-Nov-22 31-Aug-23 359 85
GBP 267.911 387.972 120.0615 -25.21% 8.31% 30-Nov-22 31-Aug-23 359 85
CHF 235.216 347.163 111.9466 -27.15% 7.52% 30-Nov-22 31-Aug-23 359 85
JPY 1.6159 2.2178 0.6019 -15.29% 16.27% 25-Nov-22 11-May-23 364 197
SAR 59.5083 81.8703 22.3620 -21.79% 7.60% 01-Dec-22 05-Sep-23 358 80
AED 60.8993 83.6089 22.7096 -21.62% 7.60% 02-Dec-22 05-Sep-23 357 80
CNY 31.1028 43.0908 11.9880 -22.04% 8.00% 28-Nov-22 11-May-23 361 197

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Posted on: 2023-11-24T16:02:03+05:00