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Kazakhstan Devalues Amid Outflows From Emerging Markets

Kazakhstan’s central bank devalued the tenge by the most since 2009 as reduced bond buying by the U.S. Federal Reserve sparks capital outflows from emerging markets and the currency of its main trading partner weakens.

The currency will trade at 185 per dollar, with a range of 3 tenge on either side, the Almaty-based National Bank of Kazakhstan said in a statement. That indicates a devaluation of 19 percent, based on the mid-point of the target band. The tenge weakened to 184.52 per dollar at 6:31 p.m. in Almaty, compared with yesterday’s close of 155.63. The stock market rallied.