Micex Index Little Changed as Ruble Falls: Russia Reality CheckDavid Wilson
Markets are reacting in real time to tension in Ukraine following Russia’s March incursion into Crimea and subsequent annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.
The Micex Index was little changed at 1,448.63 at the close in Moscow, giving a gain since Feb. 28, the day before President Vladimir Putin’s intervention, of 0.3 percent. The ruble, which has tumbled 6.8 percent in the period, weakened 0.2 percent to 38.4945 per dollar. The yield on local-currency bonds due February 2027 fell four basis points to 9.55 percent, trimming its increase since the incursion to 119 basis points.
The chart shows the performance of stocks, bonds and the ruble, along with indicators of Russian investment risk. The top panel displays the value of the Micex Index of 50 stocks, government debt in the Bloomberg Russia Local Sovereign Bond Index, and the ruble relative to the dollar.
Credit-default swap rates on Russian bonds due in five years appear in the bottom panel. The yield gap between Russian debt and U.S. Treasuries and the one-month implied volatility of the ruble are also tracked.