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16 Sep, 7 tweets, 2 min read
INR seems to be getting consolidated in 73 - 73.30 zone. Last few days, bid was seen at lower level but supply has been equally strong.
Weaker growth, rising fiscal and heightened tension at border don't seem to deter the INR bulls. Everyone wants to go with the easy and consensus trade - a weaker dollar and copious flows.
Today's FOMC will be critical from defining the next move in dollar. Market will probe FED to know more about AIT in granularity. At Jackson Hole, it was one way communication.
FED will obviously be dovish and dollar may see some beating but don't see much juice in short dollar. Most of the measures already priced in dollar. Will get to know in few hours.
Now, coming to flows, I think a large part of it has got front loaded and over next 6 months, the number may not be as healthy as it has been in last 6 months, excluding the chunky Amazon deal, if it materializes.
On top of it, with economy getting unlocked, trade number to worsen only, from here onwards. So from risk reward perspective, shorting dollar does not look so juicy - sees at most Rs. 1 on short (up to 72.50) but Rs. 2.5 to 3 on upside (76 to 76.50) over the next 3 months.
Finally, some hard data. Guess what would be net FDI inflows for Apr - July. It must be higher than last year and at record high, isn't so. Don't be surprsied. The numbers are not adding up to all the euphoria around FDI inflows.

BTW, what is this line item - RBI?

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