Rupee regains some lost ground, up 3 paise

Mumbai
10 Jan 2017

The rupee Tuesday surrendered most of its early strong gains but eventually managed to end higher by three paise at 68.18 against the American currency in a range bound trade amid weak dollar overseas.

Mild dollar selling by banks and exporters in the face of subdued overseas sentiment alongside a smart recovery in equities largely supported the domestic currency, which struggled to stay positive.

Meanwhile, domestic equities snapped a two-day losing streak and staged a smart rebound on value-buying alongside some short-covering despite lacklustre Asian cues.

The domestic unit opened on a strong footing at 68.08 from Monday's closing value of 68.21 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market on fresh bouts of dollar selling and gained further ground to touch an intra-day high of 67.98 in late morning deals.

However, it witnessed high amount of volatility towards the fag-end trade after moving erratically in a range following some dollar demand and relinquished early strong gains to end marginally higher at 68.18, showing a small gain of 3 paise, or 0.04 per cent.

It had tumbled by 25 paise on Monday.

In worldwide trade, the greenback fell back against a basket of the other major currencies despite overnight highly positive comments from Fed officials for the US central bank to step up the pace of interest rate increases, warning that inflation could overshoot its target if it does not. The US dollar index was trading firmly higher at 101.94 in late afternoon deals.

The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 68.0641 and for the euro at 72.1820. (PTI)