Rupee rebounds 11 paise to settle at 83.29 against US dollar

Mumbai, May 30 (PTI) The rupee recovered 11 paise to settle at 83.29 against the US dollar on Thursday on softening American currency and crude oil prices in the overseas market.

Foreign fund outflows, sharp losses in domestic equities and increased month-end dollar demand from oil marketing companies weighed on the Indian currency.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened lower at 83.42 against the last close of 83.40. The currency oscillated between an intra-day high of 83.26 and a low of 83.44 during the day. It finally settled at 83.29, registering a gain of 11 paise from its previous closing level.

The rupee plunged 22 paise to close at 83.40 against the US dollar on Wednesday, a day after losing 5 paise on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.12 per cent lower at 104.90.

Anuj Choudhary, Research Analyst at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said the rupee, which fell in the first half of the day on weak domestic markets and FII outflows, appreciated on softening of the US dollar as the US treasury yields eased after rising over the past three days.

“Overall strength in the US dollar amid hawkish tone of the US Federal Reserve officials may further pressure the rupee. However, any further easing of US treasury yields or any intervention by the RBI may support rupee at lower levels,” he said, adding, “USD-INR spot price is expected to trade in a range of Rs 83.10 to Rs 83.70.”

Analysts also said market participants are expected to take cues from several upcoming domestic as well as global macroeconomic data to be released this week.

Meanwhile, official data showed the US economy grew at a slower pace of 1.3 per cent against the projected 1.6 per cent in the January-March quarter.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.32 per cent to USD 83.33 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market, the 30-share BSE Sensex tanked 617.30 points, or 0.83 per cent, to close at 73,885.60 points.

The broader NSE Nifty fell 216.05 points, or 0.95 per cent, to close at 22,488.65 points.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital markets on Thursday, selling shares worth Rs 3,050.15 crore, according to exchange data.

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