Rupee surges by 25 paise to 73.43 against US dollar in early trade
On Wednesday, the Indian Rupee surged by 25 paise to 73.43 against US dollar in early trade.
On Wednesday, the Indian Rupee surged by 25 paise to 73.43 against US dollar in early trade. On Tuesday, the rupee had surged 37 paise to settle at 73.68 against the US dollar on Tuesday, buoyed by foreign fund inflows into domestic equities.
Besides, positive developments on COVID-19 vaccine front, improved domestic macro-economic data and weakness of the American currency against key rivals also supported the rupee.
At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened at 73.93 against the US dollar and witnessed an intra-day high of 73.44 and a low of 73.93.
The local unit finally closed at 73.68 against the American currency, registering a rise of 37 paise over its previous close.
On Friday, the rupee had settled 17 paise lower at 74.05 against the US dollar.
Forex market was closed on Monday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
"Indian rupee appreciated on Tuesday on the back of weakness in dollar and rise in domestic markets. Market sentiments improved on optimism over positive developments in COVID-19 vaccine," said Saif Mukadam, Research Analyst, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.
On the data front, India's GDP data showed economy contracted for 2nd consecutive quarter but the contraction was less severe than preceding quarter, he said.
Additionally, reading was better than market expectation, Mukadam noted.
Manufacturing sector after contracting for four consecutive quarters showed expansion of 0.6 per cent in Q2 FY21, and furthermore, consistent FII inflows supported Rupee, Mukadam said.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was down 0.19 per cent to 91.69.
Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 3,242 crore on a net basis on Tuesday, according to exchange data.
"The Indian rupee appreciated against the US dollar this Tuesday supported by inflows into the domestic equity markets and absence of the central bank from the market," said Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities.
Iyer further said that "persistent dollar sales by foreign banks, weak US dollar and upbeat risk appetite in Asia further contributed to the currency's gains this Tuesday.
On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 505.72 points or 1.15 per cent higher at 44,655.44, while the broader NSE Nifty jumped 140.10 points or 1.08 per cent to 13,109.05.
Traders said the key triggers for the market this month will be Fed Chair Jerome Powell's testimony due later in the day along with RBI's monetary policy meeting this week and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting this month.
"This week, market participants will remain cautious ahead of the RBI policy statement; expectation is that the central bank could keep rates on hold but Governor's stance on the overall economy is likely to trigger volatility for the dollar," said Gaurang Somaiyaa, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.17 per cent to USD 47.80 per barrel.
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