A higher opening in the domestic equity market also influenced the rupee sentiment.   The local currency had its biggest gain in two weeks, rising 60 paise to 61.23 against the dollar on Thursday, after US lawmakers reached a deal to end the government shutdown and temporarily avoid a debt default.

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex rose by 117.65 points, or 0.58 percent, to 20,533.16 in morning trade on Friday.


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