Mumbai: The rupee leads the losers' chart among Asian currencies in the April-June quarter by plunging 8.6 percent, during the period due to massive capital outflows on worries of withdrawal of the US stimulus and reported cash crunch in China.
The rupee lost 8.6 percent in the quarter as foreign investors sold a whopping USD 7 billion in June alone in debt and equities, recording the worst fall in a decade among the Asian currencies, as per an analysis of the currency.
The rupee closed at an all-time low of 60.72 against the US dollar last week on June 26 on heavy capital outflows and month-end dollar demand from importers. Since May 27, FIIs have pulled out nearly USD 8 billion, from the domestic market after pumping in over USD 15 billion into the country since January, according to Sebi data.
At the close of the last trading day of Q1 on Friday, the rupee had lost a whopping 8.6 percent against the dollar, the steepest percentage fall since 2003.
Among other weak Asian currencies, Thai baht has lost 5.8 percent in the quarter, the Philippine peso shed 5.6 percent, the South Korean won lost 2.7 percent, the Singaporean dollar lost 1.9 percent, and the Malaysian ringgit slid 2.5 percent.
Rupee is the second worst performer among the BRICS currencies after the South African rand. At the third slot is the Brazilian peso.
The rupee had attempted a recovery on Friday with 91 paise gain, or 1.4 percent, to close at 59.385. This was on the unexpected improvement in the current account deficit, which in the March quarter fell to 3.6 percent against 6.7 percent in the December quarter of last fiscal, the rupee suffered more from outflows than other Asian currencies.
For the full fiscal 2013, the CAD stood at a high of 4.8 percent of the GDP, which again was an unexpected improvement from a consensus 5.2 percent, but still higher than the previous fiscal when it was 4.2 percent, according to the data released by the RBI two days in advance.
The only tangible action the RBI did this year was that it released the data before the market hours Friday, which also led to massive 2.75 percent rally or 520 points on the Sensex.
While last year it talked down and down the rupee, this year, the RBI was conspicuous by its silence as there was no single comment from the RBI since mid-May, when the rupee began to get battered on worries about US Fed turning its liquidity tap.

The RBI action came a day after the rupee plunged to its life-time low of 60.72 to the dollar despite the central bank intervening thrice in the market on June 26. Many traders said on June 26 that they had shorted the rupee and had put a stop-loss at 60. So once it breached the psychological level, it soon slipped further to a low of 60.78.
Analysts say the rupee could see some consolidation in the near term, with the Unilever'  billion open offer for HUL and Diageo's open offer for United Spirits would bring in good dollars coupled with the government reform measures like gas and coal pricing and getting stalled projects restarted.


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