The rupee appreciated by 6 paise to 59.27 against the dollar in early trade on Thursday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on increased selling of the American currency by exporters.

Besides, a higher opening in the domestic equity market and gains in other Asian currencies against the dollar also supported the rupee.

The rupee had closed five paise higher at 59.33 on Wednesday on fag-end dollar selling by banks and exporters on hopes of good foreign capital inflows into equities.

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