Rouble, buoyed by bond auction, touches near 2-month high


MOSCOW, June 19 (Reuters) - The rouble hit a near two-month high on Wednesday as Russia'sFinance Ministry held two treasury bond auctions that often bolster the national currency.

At 1621 GMT, the rouble was 0.2% stronger against the dollar at 63.89 , its highest since April 24, and had gained 0.04% to 71.67 versus the euro .

The ministry held two weekly treasury bond auctions on Wednesday, selling 20 billion roubles ($312.91 million) in 2039 OFZ bonds and 2.85 billion roubles in 2028 OFZ bonds.

The auction was not held last week because of a public holiday. Demand for treasury bonds, which serve as a gauge of investor interest in Russian assets, has supported the rouble this year.

The rouble received further support on Wednesday afternoon from Brent crude oil , a global benchmark for Russia's main export, which was up 0.35% at $62.36 a barrel. O/R

Russian stock indexes were down. The dollar-denominated RTS index fell 0.07% to 1,358 points. The rouble-based MOEX Russian index was down 0.21% at 2,756 points.

($1 = 63.9165 roubles)




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