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Rupee falls 22 paise to close at 76.51 against US dollar

English NewsRupee falls 22 paise to close at 76.51 against US dollar

The rupee fell 22 paise to close at 76.51 (provisional) against the US dollar on Tuesday, tracking a strong American currency in the overseas market and significant foreign fund outflows.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened at 76.34 against the American currency and settled at 76.51, down 22 paise from the previous close.

During the session, the rupee witnessed an intra-day high of 76.25 and a low of 76.53 against the American currency.

On Monday, the rupee had ended 10 paise lower at 76.29 against the US dollar.

According to Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities, the rupee depreciated following foreign fund outflows from domestic equities.

“Global investors rushed towards safe-haven currencies taking cues of higher global bond yields.

“Surging commodity prices, hawkish central bank and geopolitical worries stalled global growth recoveries,” Iyer said.

A stronger dollar index, foreign fund outflows and higher crude oil prices could push USD/INR towards 76.70 while the central bank’s dollar supply may limit the upside, he said, adding that the pair is expected to hold support around the psychological level of 76.

The rupee depreciated for the fourth straight day, during which it has lost 38 paise against the American currency.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.02 per cent higher at 100.79.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 1.18 per cent to USD 111.82 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex ended 703.59 points or 1.23 per cent lower at 56,463.15 points, while the broader NSE Nifty plunged 215.00 points or 1.25 per cent to 16,958.65 points.

Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Monday, as they offloaded shares worth Rs 6,387.45 crore, as per stock exchange data.

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