Rupee pares losses to close higher by 9 paise at 74.37

PTI Mumbai | Updated on November 16, 2021

Corporate dollar inflows kept the trading range bound

The rupee pared initial losses to settle 9 paise higher at 74.37 against the US currency on Tuesday despite a lacklustre trend in the domestic equity market.

Gains in Asian currencies after the Joe-Xi meeting supported the domestic unit, analysts said.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened lower 74.49 against the greenback and fell to a low of 74.53 due to a stronger dollar in overseas markets.

The rupee managed to cut short its losses later and settle at 74.37, higher by 9 paise over its previous close of 74.46.

"USDINR spot closed at 74.37 in a day of lacklustre trading. Global cues were mixed but corporate dollar inflows kept the pair under pressure. This is going to be a truncated week and bias remains of range-bound trading. We expect a range of 74.10 and 74.65 on spot," said Anindya Banerjee, DVP, Currency Derivatives & Interest Rate Derivatives at Kotak Securities Ltd.

Gaurang Somaiyaa, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services said the rupee fell in the first half of the session following broader strength in the dollar against its major crosses and weakness in domestic equities.

Suspected fund flows in the primary market kept the losses capped for the currency, he noted.

Meanwhile, market participants remained cautious ahead of the important retail sales and industrial production number that will be released in the US.

"Better-than-expected economic data could extend gains for the greenback. We expect the USDINR (Spot) to trade sideways and quote in the range of 74.05 and 74.70," Somaiyaa said.


The US dollar index edged up to near 16-month highs against a basket of six currencies while Chinese yuan also gained after the Biden-Xi meeting.

Published on November 16, 2021

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