The Indian rupee depreciated by 6 paise to 46.82 a dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange today on dollar’s strength versus major currencies overseas.

The rupee had closed 18 paise lower at 46.76/77 in the previous session.

Forex dealers said dollar’s gains against other currencies and demand from importers for the US currency weighed on the domestic unit. Weak opening on the stock markets also dampened the sentiment.

The Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, fell by 20.86 points to 17,440.09 points in the opening trade today.

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