Rupee opens 5 paise down at 68.59 against dollar; weak trade data, crude prices weigh currency down

  • The rupee opened weak at 68.59 registering a decline of 5 paise over its last close

  • The rupee had settled at 68.54 against the US dollar on Monday

  • Forex traders said weak trade data, foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices weighed on the domestic currency

Mumbai: The rupee depreciated marginally by 5 paise to 68.59 against the US dollar in early trade Tuesday as the country's exports entered the negative zone after a gap of eight months.

At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened weak at 68.59 registering a decline of 5 paise over its last close. The local currency however pared the initial loss and was trading at 68.55 at 0945 hrs.

The rupee had settled at 68.54 against the US dollar on Monday.

Forex traders said weak trade data, foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices weighed on the domestic currency.

 Rupee opens 5 paise down at 68.59 against dollar; weak trade data, crude prices weigh currency down

File image of Rs 100 notes. AFP.

According to the government data, India's exports entered negative zone after a gap of eight months recording a decline of 9.71 percent to $25.01 billion in June.

Imports also declined 9 percent to $40.29 billion in June mainly due to falling prices of petroleum products, leaving a trade deficit of $15.28 billion.

Notwithstanding the weak trade data, positive opening in domestic equities supported the local unit and restricted the downfall, traders said.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.12 percent to $66.56 per barrel.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) pulled out Rs 216.44 crore on a net basis Monday, provisional data showed.

Domestic bourses opened on a positive note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 109.86 points higher at 39,006.57 and Nifty up 31 points at 11,619.35.

Updated Date: Jul 16, 2019 10:56:50 IST