Forex

Rupee settles 6 paise lower at 74.90 against US dollar

PTI Mumbai | Updated on August 14, 2020 Published on August 14, 2020

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The rupee settled 6 paise lower at 74.90 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday tracking weak domestic equities.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 74.85 against the US dollar, then lost ground and finally settled at 74.90 against the American currency, registering a decline of 6 paise over its previous close of 74.84.

During the session, the rupee witnessed an intra-day high of 74.74 and a low of 74.93 against the greenback.

Meanwhile, the wholesale price-based inflation declined 0.58 per cent in July, even as food items turned costlier. WPI inflation in June was at (-) 1.81 per cent, according to official data.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.05 per cent lower at 93.29.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex was trading 376.46 points lower at 37,934.03 and broader NSE Nifty was trading 133.70 points down at 11,166.75.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 416.28 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.67 per cent to $44.66 per barrel.

 

 

The rupee inched 3 paise higher against the US dollar to 74.81 in opening trade on Friday tracking positive domestic equities and sustained foreign fund inflows.

At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened at 74.85 against the US dollar, gained ground and touched 74.81 against the US dollar, registering a marginal rise of 3 paise over its previous close of 74.84.

“Asian currencies were trading mixed against the US dollar this morning ahead of the meeting between US and Chinese officials this weekend,” Reliance Securities said in a research note.

Markets participants will also track Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data, and trade data scheduled to be released later in the day for further cues, traders said.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.10 per cent to 93.23.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex was trading 110.52 points higher at 38,421.01 and broader NSE Nifty advanced 30.15 points to 11,330.60.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 416.28 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.33 per cent to $45.11 per barrel.

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Published on August 14, 2020
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