Forint retreats further versus the euro

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The forint was trading at 303.50 to the euro late Thursday on the interbank forex market, down from 302.38 late Wednesday. At 302.21 to the euro early Thursday, the forint moved between 302.01 and 304.31, near a one-month low at 304.40 Monday morning.

Hungarian government bond issues on Thursday with rising yields showed markets continue to price in an eventual US Fed rate hike this year, although the Fedʼs Wednesday statement was interpreted as suggesting a further delay from June to September.

Meanwhile, fresh statistics on euro area inflation returning to zero in April after a four-month bout of deflation also underpinned the euro, leaving the Hungarian currency further down against it, and further up versus the dollar.

In a note on Thursday, Citigroup reckoned Hungaryʼs central bank would welcome a gradually weaker forint.

The forint traded at 270.51 to the dollar, up from 271.51 late Wednesday. On Thursday, it moved between 269.32, a more than two-month high, and 273.67.

It was quoted at 288.76 to the Swiss franc, up from 289.04 late Wednesday. Its range on Thursday was 287.59 to 290.82, a four-day low after a nearly two-week high at 286.18 both Tuesday and Wednesday intraday. Since its crash to an all-time low at 378.49 on January 15 when the Swiss central bank scrapped its cap of 1.20 to the euro, it reached the highest at 281.07 on February 26.

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