Rupee falls 11 paise to 70.93 amid steady rise in oil prices, dollar demand; pares early gains despite Sino-US trade deal

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened on a strong note at 70.80 a dollar.

Press Trust of India January 16, 2020 18:01:23 IST
Rupee falls 11 paise to 70.93 amid steady rise in oil prices, dollar demand; pares early gains despite Sino-US trade deal
  • At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic currency opened on a strong note at 70.80 a dollar

  • During the day it lost momentum and touched a low of 70.98 against the American currency

  • Forex traders said the rupee pared its early gains despite the US-China signing the phase-1 trade deal

Mumbai: The rupee pared early gains and settled lower by 11 paise at 70.93 against the US dollar on Thursday amid steady rise in crude oil prices and dollar demand from importers.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic currency opened on a strong note at 70.80 a dollar. But during the day it lost momentum and touched a low of 70.98 against the American currency.

Rupee falls 11 paise to 7093 amid steady rise in oil prices dollar demand pares early gains despite SinoUS trade deal

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The rupee finally settled the day at 70.93, showing a fall of 11 paise over its previous close.

Forex traders said the rupee pared its early gains despite the US-China signing the phase-1 trade deal, as huge uncertainty still remains, which might make it difficult for China and the US to reach a comprehensive trade deal.

The United States on Wednesday signed the first phase of a trade deal with China, which President Donald Trump described as historic, concluding more than a year of tough negotiations between the two largest economies of the world.

"Indian rupee erased early morning gains and last quoted at 70.93 with loss of 11 paise as dollar buying seen by banks on behalf of the importers," said V K Sharma, Head PCG and Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities.

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