Fresh demand for the US currency from importers put pressure on the rupee, but a higher opening in the domestic equity market and dollar's weakness against other currencies overseas, as a budget deadlock in Washington showed no signs of ending, capped the fall, dealers said.

The rupee had appreciated by 73 paise to close at an almost seven-week high of 61.73 against the dollar in the previous session as the US currency weakened globally. Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex rose by 60.89 points, or 0.31 percent, to 19,962.96 in morning trade on Friday.


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