Mumbai:  The rupee on Monday closed down by 24 paise at nearly one-week low of 54.18 against the dollar on the American currency demand from importers and banks on the back firm USD overseas.
However, recovery in local equities and sustained capital inflows limited the fall to some extent, a dealer said. The rupee commenced strong at 53.78 a dollar, which also the day's high, as against 53.94 on last Friday. It immediately turned negative and logged a low of 54.24 before settling at 54.18, a decline of 24 paise or 0.44 percent. In straight three sessions of trade, it has dipped by 38 paise or 0.70 percent.
The Indian benchmark S&P BSE Sensex on Monday bounced back by 98.00 points, or 0.50 percent while FIIs injected Rs 953.95 crore on last Friday as per provisional data with stock exchanges. The dollar index, consisting of six major global rivals, was up by 0.10 percent after announcement of a stronger-than-expected monthly US jobs report last weekend.
Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India) said, "Rupee depreciated on Monday, although the fall was capped by the Indian shares who closed up by almost half percent. Expect the rupee to trade above 54 levels in coming days.
"The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies traded positively after the US jobless rate fell. Immediate support for USDINR (Spot) pair is at 54.05. The trading range for the USD/INR pair is expected to be within 53.90 to 54.40. "The Indian rupee witnessed a weak trend on Monday. Locally, there was a dollar buying taking place which put pressure on the rupee. And globally, the euro falling below USD 1.31 levels also added to the downtrend in the rupee.
"Technically, rupee has breached the psychological key level of 54.00 on the downside, leading to a bearish trend ahead," said Abhishek Goenka, Founder and CEO, India Forex Advisors.
The premium for the forward dollar improved further on consistent payments from banks and corporates. The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in October edged up at 178-179-1/2 paise from last Friday's close of 177-179 paise and far-forward contracts maturing in April also moved up to 347-349-1/2 paise from 342-344 paise.
The RBI fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 53.9495 and for the euro at 70.7203. The rupee remained weak against pound sterling to 84.29 from last weekend's close of 83.89 while fell back against the euro to 71.01 from 70.79. It, however, firmed up further against the Japanese yen to 54.58 per 100 yen from previous close of 55.00.


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