India's forex reserves gain USD 1.09 bn
India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose by USD 1.09 billion to USD 314.92 billion for the week ended May 16, led by a sharp jump in overseas currency assets, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed.
The reserves had gained by $1.97 billion to $313.83 billion for the week ended May 9.
According to the RBI's weekly statistical supplement, foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves, jumped by $1.26 billion to $287.81 billion in the week under review.
The foreign currency assets had jumped by $1.97 billion to $286.54 billion.
The RBI said the foreign currency assets, expressed in US dollar terms, include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies held in reserve such as the pound sterling, euro and yen.
However, India's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decreased by $158.1 million to $1.68 billion.
The value of special drawing rights (SDRs) also fell. The SDRs were down $14.5 million to $4.46 billion.
The value of gold reserves remained the same in the period under review at $20.96 billion. The reserves had declined by $601 million at $20.96 billion in week ended May 2.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)