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Rupee trading in narrow range

Rises 3ps to close at 83.28/$, USD-INR spot price is expected to trade in a range of Rs83 to Rs83.55

Rupee trading in narrow range

Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 3paise to settle at 83.28 against the US dollar on Wednesday amid softening crude oil prices. Forex traders said the local unit consolidated in a narrow range weighed down by foreign fund outflows. At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 83.29 and moved in the range of 83.22 and 83.29 against the greenback during the session. The local unit finally settled at 83.28 against the dollar, registering a rise of 3paise from its previous close.

The Indian rupee gained on positive domestic markets and a decline in crude oil prices. However, mixed to positive US Dollar and FII outflows capped sharp gains, said Anuj Choudhary – Research Analyst at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. “We expect the rupee to trade with a slight negative bias as the US Dollar may recover from lower levels if the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes are hawkish,” Choudhary said.

FII outflows may also weigh on the rupee. However, a positive tone in the domestic markets and weakness in crude oil prices may support the rupee at lower levels, Choudhary added. Investors may remain cautious ahead of PMI data from the US this week. USD-INR spot price is expected to trade in a range of Rs 83 to Rs 83.55, Choudhary added. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, advanced 0.09 per cent to 104.75, as most Fed officials warned of cutting interest rates too early and need more data to cut rates.

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