Rupee rises 12 paise to 81.67 against US dollar

NewsDrum Desk
22 Nov 2022

Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Snapping its four-session losing streak, the rupee appreciated by 12 paise to close at 81.67 against the US dollar on Tuesday as the American currency retreated from its elevated levels.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 81.72 and touched an intra-day high of 81.64 and a low of 81.83 against the greenback.

The local unit finally settled at 81.67, registering a rise of 12 paise over its previous close of 81.79.

"The Indian rupee marked the first gain in the last five days as a gauge of the dollar index halted a three-day gain after some US policymakers struck a cautious note about further aggressive tightening moves," said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.

Recovery in domestic equities and stronger Asian currencies also supported the rupee.

The near-term attention will be focused on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes due Wednesday. It may show consensus on the need to slow hikes but division on the end-point and whether to prioritise inflation or economic growth, he added.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.35 per cent to 107.46.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures advanced 0.80 per cent to USD 88.15 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE Sensex advanced 274.12 points or 0.45 per cent to end at 61,418.96, while the broader NSE Nifty gained 84.25 points or 0.46 per cent to 18,244.20.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital markets on Tuesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 697.83 crore, according to exchange data.

Rupee traded in a narrow range and volatility remained low, said Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

Crude was volatile on Monday after news surfaced that OPEC+ was discussing a potential oil production increase, Somaiya said.

Most of the losses eroded after it emerged that Saudi Arabian officials denied reports that OPEC is considering a 500,000 barrel-per-day oil production increase, he added.

"We expect the USD-INR (Spot) to trade sideways and quote in the range of 81.40 and 82.05," Somaiya said. PTI DRR ABM ABM

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