Forex dealers said besides dollar gaining against other currencies in the global markets, increased demand for the American currency from banks and importers and lower opening in the domestic equity market, influenced the rupee.
    
The local currency had shed 2 paise to close at 61.41 against the dollar in yesterday's trade.     

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell by 54.32 points, or 0.26 percent, to 20,768.45 in morning trade Friday.

 (Agencies)

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