Forex

Rupee settles 13 paise higher at 73.80 against US dollar

PTI Mumbai | Updated on December 04, 2020

The rupee snapped its two-day losing streak to close 13 paise higher at 73.80 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday as the Reserve Bank of India maintained status quo on the benchmark interest rate for the third time in a row.

At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened at 73.81 and saw an intra-day high of 73.70 and a low of 73.81.

It finally closed at 73.80 a dollar, registering a rise of 13 paise. On Thursday, the rupee had settled at 73.93 against the American currency.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday left interest rates unchanged for the third straight time amid persistently high inflation and said the economy was recuperating fast and would return to positive growth in the current quarter itself.

The MPC “decided to continue with the accommodative stance of monetary policy as long as necessary — at least through the current financial year and into the next year,” Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

Traders said sustained foreign fund inflows, positive opening in domestic equities and weakness of the American currency in the overseas market also supported the local unit.

“A combination of a weak dollar index, optimism on the vaccine front, renewed round of fiscal stimulus talks in the United States and robust inflows give the rupee a slightly appreciating bias in the near term,” said Sugandha Sachdeva VP-Metals, Energy & Currency Research, Religare Broking.

However, 73.20 and eventually 73 will be strong hurdles for the rupee to breach given RBI’s intervention is likely to continue in the coming sessions, Sachdeva said adding that “we are expecting the RBI to mop up dollars in the spot market and simultaneously intervene in forwards to sterilize the liquidity impact“.

Published on December 04, 2020

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