Mumbai: The rupee today rose to its highest level in over a month and closed 10 paise up at 61.75 against the dollar following sustained selling of American currency by exporters and some banks, amid firm local equities.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the local currency commenced weak at 61.90 a dollar from previous close of 61.85. It eased to a low of 61.92 in early trades. However, helped by positive cues, the rupee later rebounded to a over one-month intra-day high of 61.6650, before concluding at 61.75 -- a rise of ten paise or 0.16 per cent.
Yesterday, it has gained 19 paise or 0.31 per cent. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex today rallied 67.13 points, or 0.32 per cent, while FIIs purchased shares worth USD 31.23 million yesterday, as per Sebi data.
The dollar index was up 0.1 per cent against a basket of six major global rivals.
The US will be releasing its service PMI and ADP Nonfarm employment data today, which will be very significant for the markets, said Abhishek Goenka, Founder & CEO, India Forex Advisors.
Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services, (India) said: “Taking cues from strong local equities, the rupee appreciated by 10 paise to end the day. Asian currencies traded positively as tensions between Ukraine and Russia lessened. The trading range for the USD/INR pair is expected to be within 61.40 to 62.40.”
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