Re edges up in restricted trade
Home currency recovers 2 paise to 83.20/USD
Mumbai: The rupee edged up two paise to settle at 83.20 (provisional) against the US currency in a restricted trade on Thursday, aided by a correction in crude oil prices and the greenback. Foreign fund outflows and losses in local equities, however, restricted the rupee’s gains, forex dealers said.
The rupee opened flat at 83.22 against the US dollar and later moved in a range of 83.25 to 83.13 in day trading. The local unit settled at 83.20 against the US dollar, up by 2 paise over the previous close.
The rupee had closed at 83.22 on Wednesday after a listless trade. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, declined by 0.27 per cent to 106.38 after touching a nearly 10-month high of 106.84 in overnight trade. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, also retreated 0.57 per cent to $96 per barrel.
Analysts said the combination of higher interest rates and US bond yields are influencing FIIs to stay in the selling mode in Indian capital markets, which is weighing on the local currency.
On the domestic equity front, the 30-share BSE Sensex fell 610.37 points or 0.92 per cent to settle at 65,508.32. The broader Nifty declined 192.90 points or 0.98 per cent to end at 19,523.55. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 354.35 crore, according to exchange data.