The rupee on Tuesday appreciated by 40 paise to 52.24 against the U.S. dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on selling of the American currency by exporters and banks.

Besides, a higher opening in the equity market and strengthening of euro against the dollar overseas also supported the rupee, forex dealers said.

The BSE benchmark Sensex recovered by 150.80 points, or 0.81 per cent, to 18,859.78 in early trade on Tuesday.

The rupee had witnessed its second biggest fall of 79 paise in 2012 to close at one-week low of 52.64 on Monday in line with sluggish stock market amid the U.S. currency strengthening in the overseas market.

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