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Re gains 33ps to 83.28/$

The dollar index was trading 0.12% lower at 104.10

Re gains 33ps to 83.28/$

Mumbai: The rupee recovered from all-time low level and appreciated 33paise to close at 83.28 against the US dollar on Tuesday on decline in the US dollar and positive Asian currencies. Forex traders said weak domestic markets and surge in crude oil prices capped sharp gains for the local unit. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 83.33 against the greenback. The unit hit an intra-day high of 83.26 and a low of 83.37. The local unit finally settled at 83.28 against the dollar, higher by 33paise from its previous close.

On Friday, the rupee depreciated 48paise to settle at an all-time low of 83.61 against the American currency. Forex and equity markets were closed on Monday on account of Holi. Market analysts said, for the domestic unit, record forex reserves provide a cushion, enabling the Reserve Bank to mitigate the rupee’s downside. India’s forex reserves increased by $6.396 billion to $642.492 billion for the week ended March 15, the Reserve Bank said on Friday.

In the previous reporting week, the overall reserves had risen by $10.47 billion to $636.095 billion. “We expect the rupee to trade with a negative bias on expectations of a recovery in US dollar and rising crude oil prices. However, positive tone in the Asian currencies may support the rupee at lower levels. “Any selling of dollars by the RBI may also support the rupee. Traders may take cues from durable goods orders and CB consumer confidence data from the US,” said Anuj Choudhary, Research Analyst, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.

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