Rupee falls 37 paise to close at 79.62 against US dollar

Mumbai: The rupee depreciated by 37 paise to close at 79.62 against the US dollar on Thursday despite sustained foreign capital inflows and a positive trend in equities.

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At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened at 79.22 and saw an intra-day high of 79.22 and a low of 79.94 against the American currency.

It finally ended at 79.62, down 37 paise over its previous close of 79.25.

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Forex traders said the rupee is likely to trade on a mixed note in the near term. Recovery in domestic markets from lower levels and FII inflows may support the local unit.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.23 percent to 104.95, after official data showed that US inflation slowed down from a 40-year high in June to 8.5 percent in July on lower gasoline prices.

“Investors cheered the US inflation data for July, which came in below the estimate and raised hopes that the Federal Reserve may not be that aggressive in hiking interest rates in its next meeting,” said Shrikant Chouhan, Head of Equity Research (Retail), Kotak Securities Ltd.

Traders said investors now will focus on key domestic macroeconomic data points like index of industrial production (IIP), consumer price index (CPI) and trade balance numbers due on Friday for further cues.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, advanced 0.84 percent to USD 98.22 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 515.31 points or 0.88 percent higher at 59,332.60 points, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 124.25 points or 0.71 percent to 17,659.00 points.

Foreign institutional investors remained net buyers in the capital market on Thursday as they purchased shares worth Rs 2,298.08 crore, as per exchange data.

“Rupee has resistance of 50 DMA which falls near 79.30. Broadly, rupee weakness can continue till the time it trades below 20 DMA which is 79.25-79.30 acting as stiff resistance,” said Jateen Trivedi, VP Research Analyst at LKP Securities.

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