Rupee rallies 40 paise, ends at 69.95 to a dollar


Rupee opened strong at 70.05 a dollar.

The rupee jumped 40 paise on Friday to finish at an over one-week high of 69.95 against the U.S. currency on strong dollar buying by banks and exporters amid the greenback’s weakness overseas.

Domestic stock markets extending gains for the third session also supported the local currency.

The BSE Sensex rose by 0.75% to reclaim the 36,000-mark on across-the-board buying by investors. The broader NSE Nifty gained 0.74%.

Analysts said a weak dollar overseas and oil supply glut concerns propped up the domestic currency.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the rupee opened strong at 70.05 a dollar against the previous close of 70.35.

The local unit moved in a range of 70.12 to 69.89, before finally ending at 69.95, showing a gain of 40 paise or 0.57%. This is its highest closing level since December 20, when the rupee ended at 69.70.

The U.S. dollar was trading lower against global currencies due to market volatility, uncertainties related to U.S. government shutdown, weak global growth prospects and renewed fears of U.S.-China trade tensions.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, dropped 0.35% to 96.23.

Overnight losses in crude oil also supported early gains in the rupee, analysts said.

Brent crude recovered by 1.52% to USD 53.53 per barrel on Friday from previous day’s sharp fall of close to 5%, even as supply glut concerns continued to weigh following a rise in U.S. crude inventories.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net ₹119.60 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.

The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 69.9786 and for rupee/euro at 80.1805. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 88.6564 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen at 63.28.

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