Mumbai: The rupee fell for the third straight session today, ending 13 paise lower at 61.65 against the dollar on sustained demand from importers and banks as investors awaited US jobs data.
The rupee resumed lower at 61.71 per dollar against the previous close of 61.52 at the interbank foreign exchange market.
It hovered in a range of 61.54 to 61.83 before ending at 61.65 per dollar, a loss of 13 paise or 0.21 per cent. It has fallen 42 paise, or 0.69 per cent, in three sessions. Sustained dollar demand from importers mainly affected the rupee value, a forex dealer said. However, good inflows from foreign funds in the equity market restricted the currency's fall.
“The Indian rupee was seen trading in a range-bound manner due to the absence of any major domestic news and ahead of US NFP (non-farm payrolls) data,” said Abhishek Goenka, CEO of India Forex Advisors.
The 30-share S&P BSE Sensex ended 28.92 points lower at 20,864.97.
Foreign institutional investors bought a net Rs 1,031.79 crore of shares yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
In New York, the dollar scored minor gains against rival currencies yesterday as traders awaited a round of US economic data, including September non-farm payrolls, previously delayed by the government shutdown.