Russian authorities are said to be preparing a step-by-step approach to roll back the controls that have supported the market since the war began.
Discussions this week revolved around a potential extension of the deadline for exporters to convert their foreign earnings into rubles and lowering the threshold below 80pc.
The move will raise questions about the effectiveness of Western sanctions, which are designed to bring Russia’s economy down.
Countries are calling for targeting key oil and gas imports from Russia to help cut vital revenues, but Europe has so far been divided on the issue.
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What happened overnight?
Asian shares track Wall Street higher on Thursday.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percentage points in early Asian trade, helped by a 0.5 percentage point gain in financial-heavy shares. raw materials in Australia and a 0.6 percentage point gain in mainland China blue chip shares. Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.2pc.
South Korean stocks were an exception on Thursday. The KOSPI index fell 0.4 points as the central bank raised its policy rate to its highest level since August 2019 in a surprise move as it sought to quell rising inflation.
Asian markets including Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia are on holiday on Friday for Easter, as are major markets in Europe and the United States.
- The company: THROUGH (full year results); Ashmore Group, DiscoverIE Group, Dunelm, Hays, Mediclinic International, Ninety One (transaction statement)
- Economics: ECB interest rate decision (I)retail sales (WE)unemployment claims (WE)Credit conditions survey of the Bank of England (UK)Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (WE)