The US dollar and the euro are growing on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX: MOEX) on Friday morning, August 3, the ruble is falling against the bi-currency basket amid the threat of new US anti-Russian sanctions and falling oil prices.
The first transactions in the US dollar were in the range of 63.32-63.49 rubles to the dollar, according to the results of the first minute of trading the rate was 63.49 rubles to the dollar (+8.5 kopecks to the level of the previous close), Interfax reported.
The euro increased to 73.5 rubles (+9.25 kopecks). The value of the bi-currency basket (0.55 dollars and 0.45 euros) increased by 8.84 kopecks to the closing level of Thursday, to 67.99 rubles.
According to experts, the ruble is falling towards the dollar and the euro against the backdrop of negative dynamics in the oil market and the threat of the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions by the US. The preparation of new sanctions, developed by US senators, became known last week.
It was noted that the proposed restrictive measures will affect the spheres of energy, finance, as well as Russian state debt.
In particular, the senators will be asked to impose a ban on transactions related to the new sovereign debt of the Russian Federation, sanctions for investment in energy projects supported by Russia or structures involving Russian state capital, and a ban on US citizens to participate in oil projects in Russia.