The Indian rupee appreciated by 28 paise to 46.46 a dollar in early trade on Friday as the US currency weakened against other Asian currencies.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the domestic unit strengthened by 28 paise to 46.46 a dollar. The rupee ended 26 paise lower at 46.74/75 a dollar in the previous session.

Dealers said the US currency weakening against other major currencies bolstered the rupee sentiment.

Expectations of fresh capital inflows as stock markets may open on a strong footing, in line with firming trends in Asian market, also gave a boost to uptrend, they added.

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