Rupee down 21 paise at 48.96/97 against dollar

PTI Mumbai | Updated on September 29, 2011 Published on September 29, 2011

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Snapping two days of gains, the rupee ended down by 21 paise at 48.96/97 against US currency on fresh month-end dollar demand from importers amid a weak dollar overseas.

The dollar demand was so strong that renewed capital inflows could not stem the rupee fall, dealers said.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit opened weak at 49.08/09 a dollar from overnight close of 48.75/76 due to early weakness in equities.

However, a sudden gust of dollar buying by importers, mainly oil refiners, to meet their monthly requirements weighed on the rupee and it fell back to a low of 49.15.

It concluded the day at 48.96/97, a fall of 0.43 per cent. In last two days, it had gained by 70 paise or 1.42 per cent.

“The rupee depreciated by almost half per cent on dollar buying by importers despite weak dollar against other major currencies and firm local equities, which closed up by over one and half per cent,” Alpari Financial Services (India) CEO, Mr Pramit Brahmbhatt said.

The dollar index, consisting of six major currencies, was down by nearly 0.4 per cent and New York crude oil was trading above $81 a barrel in European market today.

The BSE benchmark Sensex, which was down by about 130 points in late morning deals, bounced back and closed up by over 252 points or 1.53 per cent.

Published on September 29, 2011
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