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India News | Rupee Gains 7 Paise to Close at 81.52 Against US Dollar as Crude Oil Dips

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New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) The rupee rose by 7 paise to close at 81.52 against the US currency in a restricted trade on Monday, supported by a weak greenback in the overseas markets and a decline in crude oil prices.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened lower at 81.69 and touched a low of 81.72 against the US dollar in line with losses in the equity markets.

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Later, it recovered ground and touched a high of 81.49 before settling at 81.52, showing gains of 7 paise over the previous close of 81.59 on Friday.

“The Indian rupee recouped opening loss after the dollar supply from the corporates following the month-end adjustment. Sentiment remained buoyant as traders waited for the Union budget for a directional trend,” said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.

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The bias remains weak for USDINR as long as it trades below 82.20. In the near term, it is expected to trade between 82.20 to 80.90, Parmar added.

Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services said the rupee traded in a narrow range and ahead of important events that are scheduled this week.

“On the domestic front, we have the Union Budget and also major central banks will release their policy statement,” Somaiya said, adding that “we expect the USDINR (Spot) to trade sideways and quote in the range of 81.30 and 81.80.”

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, declined 0.16 per cent to 101.76.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 0.25 per cent to USD 86.44 per barrel.

According to Anuj Choudhary – Research Analyst at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, a weak Dollar index and a decline in crude oil prices cushioned the downside. Further, FPO-related foreign inflows also supported the rupee at lower levels, he said.

“We expect the rupee to trade with a slight negative bias amid a weak tone in the domestic markets and expectations that the US Dollar may rise on safe-haven appeal,” Choudhary said.

Choudhary further said that month-end dollar demand from importers and selling pressure from FIIs may also put downside pressure on the rupee.

“Traders may remain cautious ahead of India’s union budget and US FOMC meeting later this week. USDINR spot price is expected to trade in a range of Rs 81 to Rs 82.20,” Choudhary said.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE Sensex advanced 169.51 points or 0.29 per cent to end at 59,500.41, while the broader NSE Nifty rose 44.60 points or 0.25 per cent to 17,648.95.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets on Monday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 6,792.80 crore, according to exchange data.

On the domestic macroeconomic front, India’s forex reserves increased by USD 1.727 billion to USD 573.727 billion in the week ended January 20, the RBI said on Friday. This is the second consecutive week of rise in the kitty.

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