Rupee pares initial losses to close at 76.06 against dollar

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.45 per cent to USD 73.93 per barrel.

Mumbai: The rupee pared its initial losses to settle marginally up by 3 paise at 76.06 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday.

The local unit, however, recorded its fourth weekly decline amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Firming up of crude oil prices too weighed on the local unit.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened lower at 76.23 a dollar, registering a decline of 14 paise from the last close. During the day, it pared its losses and settled at 76.06 (provisional) against the American currency.

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On Thursday, the rupee settled at 76.09 against the greenback.

Meanwhile, the US dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against the basket of six currencies, fell 0.08 per cent to 95.96.

“Indian rupee stabilised today after hitting lowest level of 20 months this week, but recorded fourth weekly decline to close at 76.09 a dollar amid risk averse sentiments, policy divergence, foreign fund outflows and higher trade deficit number,” said Dilip Parmar- Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.

The Reserve Bank of India’s policy divergence with the US Fed remains sizeable, which weighed on the local unit along with higher imports, Parmar said.

Going ahead, trading volumes are set to decline as forex markets head into the Christmas break. “As major events of the year are almost done, we expect forex markets to stay calm in the coming week,” he added.

Foreign institutional investors remained net sellers in the capital market on Thursday, as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,468.71 crore, as per exchange data.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 889.40 points or 1.54 per cent lower at 57,011.74, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 263.20 points or 1.53 per cent to 16,985.20.

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