Besides an increased demand for the dollar from importers, a mixed trend in the American currency against other overseas currencies and a lower opening in the domestic equity market also put pressure on the rupee, forex dealers said.

The rupee had gained 9 paise to close at four-month high of 61.04 against the dollar in Tuesday's trade on selling of the US currency by exporters and banks amid heavy capital inflows. Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell by 90.40 points, or 0.43 percent, at 21,164.86 in morning trade Wednesday.

(Agencies)

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