Dealers said heavy capital outflows amid reports that S&P sees more than one-in-three chance of a downgrade of the country's rating and dollar's gain against some overseas currencies on upbeat economic data weighed on the domestic unit.
    
Besides, concerns over a record high current account deficit and rising crude prices in the global market were other factors behind rupees slide, they said. However, a higher opening in the domestic equity market after Tuesday's steep fall, capped the rupee's decline, they said.
    
The rupee fell by a whopping 163 paise to close at 67.63 on concern that a build-up of tension over Syria would push oil prices higher and result in a costlier import bill.
    
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex recovered by 161.31 points, or 0.88 percent, at 18,395.97 in morning trade on Wednesday.

 (Agencies)

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