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Ringgit ends lower against greenback

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today despite some technical correction experienced by the greenback after appreciating quite rapidly in the past few weeks, said an analyst.

At 6 pm, the local note depreciated to 4.1690/1700 versus the US dollar from Friday’s close of 4.1560/1590.

According to Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Mohd Afzanizam Abdul Rashid, technical indicators such as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Stochastic had shown that the ringgit was nearing its overbought position, whereby selling activities could set in as forex marker participants may want to cash in some gains.

He believed the ringgit should be constructive following higher commodity prices such as Brent Crude which has been hovering at above US$80 per barrel.

”This could help to improve government coffers to support

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