Forint pares gains as cenbank raises inflation forecast
By Anita Komuves
BUDAPEST, June 30 (Reuters) - The Hungarian forint weakened on Thursday, but it held on to most of its significant gains from the previous sessions as the central bank raised its one-week deposit rate by 50 basis points.
The forint EURHUF= slid 0.58% to 396.7 per euro on Thursday, but still trading about 2% stronger than on Monday when it hit a record low at 404.5 versus the euro.
The currency jumped after the central bank raised its base rate on Tuesday by a whopping 185 basis points to 7.75%, the highest rate in the region, as it fights soaring inflation.
The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) sees tax-adjusted core inflation, its preferred measure of lasting price trends, rising to 13% to 14% this year from 7.9% to 9.4% projected three months ago, it said in its quarterly inflation report on Thursday.
On Thursday, the bank raised its one-week deposit rate by 50 basis points to 7.75% at a weekly tender, bringing the base rate and the one-week deposit rate to the same level.
"The huge rate hike managed to get some pressure off the forint, that is why it was able to firm in the negative global mood in the past few days," an FX trader in Budapest said.
"But the fundamentals have not changed, investors are worried about soaring inflation, the budget deficit and the lack of agreement over EU funds, so the forint's rate will stay above 390 unless global markets turn very optimistic."
Hungarian long-term government bond yields kept ticking lower, a fixed-income trader said, as the Hungarian Debt Management Agency (AKK) was offering to sell three series of bonds worth a total of 30 billion forints later in the day.
"Tuesday's big surprise rate hike stabilised the forint's rate ... and this seems to be supporting the middle and the long end of the curve," the trader said.
The yield on the 10-year benchmark bond was about 8.15% on Thursday, more than 20 basis points lower than on Tuesday before the rate hike.
Elsewhere, the Czech crown EURCZK= and the Romanian leu v currencies were little moved while the Polish zloty EURPLN= eased 0.21% to 4.6810 per euro.
Stock markets in the region weakened, tracking a slide in global stocks, with Prague .PX leading losses as it shed 1.48%. Budapest .BUX lost 0.89% while Warsaw .WIG20 was 1.31% weaker.
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<CZ5YT= 5.5640 -0.1370 +438b -5bps 5-year RR>
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<PL2YT= 7.5320 -0.2140 +681b -10bps 2-year RR>
<PL5YT= 7.3050 -0.1560 +612b -7bps 5-year RR>
<PL10YT 6.8910 -0.2330 +544b -18bps 10-year =RR>
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Additional reporting by Alan Charlish in Warsaw; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri
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