A fall in the dollar against major world currencies globally after data showed new US home construction slumped in March to the lowest pace since October helped strengthen the domestic currency, dealers said.

Besides, increased selling of the dollar by exporters and banks and a higher opening in the domestic equity market propped up the rupee, dealers said.

The rupee had recovered 9 paise to end at 66.55 on Monday on fresh selling of the greenback in view of its weakness in the overseas market.

Forex market was shut yesterday on account of 'Mahavir Jayanti'.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose 137.47 points, or 0.53 percent, to trade at 25,953.83.

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