USDINR opened at 82.78 on Friday and the pair traded in the 82.73-82.85 range. Spot USDINR closed at 82.83, gain of 11 ps for USD as against prior close of 82.72.

RBI reference rate was fixed at 82.81 on 17/02. Feb USD/INR closed at 82.81, gain of 10 ps for USD as compared to prior day’s close of 82.71. Feb Euro/INR closed at 88.15, GBP/INR at 98.92 and Yen/INR at 61.45. USDINR fwd premia was trading at around 2.08% p.a.  FX reserves stands at USD 567 bn as on Feb 17 th. Reserves declined 8 bn USD as compared to prior week due to Valuation dip in FCY assets.  


In Feb, FII’S  sold Rs 1408 Cr of Equities and have bought Rs 9188 Cr of debt . In last Calendar Year, FII’S sold close to Rs 1.06 lac Cr worth of Equities.

Benchmark Nifty declined 91 points (0.51%) on Friday. DOW climbed 129 points (0.39%) on Friday. Nikkei declined 0.66%  and Hang Seng declined 1.28% on Friday.

Euro closed the week at 1.0694, Pound at 1.2039, Yen at 134.15.

Commodities: Gold is now at USD 1851 and WT1Crude at USD 76/Brent at USD 83.

Interest rates: USD 10 Yr yield is at 3.81% and 3 m libor closed at 4.87%. Indian 10 yr benchmark yield closed at 7.38%.

Economic news:  USD ended the week stronger on robust US economic and inflation data. Hawkish comments from Fed members also supported USD. However, Euro stood out as ECB also maintained tightening messages. US 10 Year yield climbed to 3.87%. Last month, it was down to 3.37%. FOMC Minutes, G 20 meetings and US spending data are important events for the week.

ECB member said that “50 basis-point hike next month is “necessary under virtually all plausible scenarios, and market pricing of terminal rates at 3.5% is optimistic.

Data highlights: – UK retail sales climbed 0.5% m/m.

Monday’s calendar : – No major data

USD/INR   82.8582.73
EUR/USD       1.06941.06981.0613
GBP/USD       1.20391.20521.1915
USD/JPY       134.15135.12133.93

Daily Support/Resistance table

Currency PairsPivotR1R2R3S1S2S3
EURO/USD1.06681.07231.0753 1.06381.0583 
GBP/USD1.20021.20891.2139 1.19521.1865 
USD/JPY134.40134.87135.59 133.68133.21 
132.7382.8082.8782.92 82.7582.68 


Currency PairSupportsResistancesTrendRemarks

Technicals: Spot closed below 50 day average, but still above 20, 100 and 200 day major moving averages.20 day moving average is at 82.17. 50 day moving average is at 82.30.200 day moving average is at 80.48. Daily MACD is in buy zone. Important supports are at 82.58/82.34  and important resistance is at 82.95. Spot above above its average level of the day.

Intraday supports and resistances for Feb contract are:

PP: 82.83, S1:82.78, S2:82.70, R1:82.91, R2:82.96.             

Hedging strategy: Hedging decisions be taken according to comfort and accounting rates.

However on directional basis, suggest the following:

Exports be hedged.


EURO/USD: The pair is above 100 and 200 day major moving averages. Major resistance is at 1.08. Next major support is at 1.0480. Daily MACD is in sell zone, implying an important top at 1.1035. Weekly MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 0.9535.

GBP/USD: The pair is above 100 and 200 day moving averages , but below 20 and 50 day averages. Daily MACD is in sell zone, implying important top at 1.2450 and weekly MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 1.0380. Important support is at 1.1920. Important resistance is at 1.2270.

USD/YEN: The pair is below 100 and 200 day moving averages. Daily MACD is in buy zone, implying important bottom at 127.25. Important resistance is at 132.90. Major support is at 127.25.

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