Rupee plunges 70 paise to 74.96 in early trade; investors worry over sharp rise in coronavirus cases in country

The Indian rupee plunged 70 paise to 74.96 against US dollar in early trade on Thursday as investors fretted over the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country and its impact on the economy

Press Trust of India March 19, 2020 11:55:00 IST
Rupee plunges 70 paise to 74.96 in early trade; investors worry over sharp rise in coronavirus cases in country

Mumbai: The Indian rupee plunged 70 paise to 74.96 against US dollar in early trade on Thursday as investors fretted over the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country and its impact on the economy.

According to the Health Ministry, coronavirus cases in India has touched 169.

Traders said there is a sense of anxiety among investors as they see the global, as well as domestic economy, plunging into a deep crisis due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that has killed nearly 9,000 and sickened lakhs of people around the globe.

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The steep decline in domestic equities and sustained foreign fund outflows further dampened the sentiment, they said.

The rupee opened on a weak note at 74.96 at the interbank forex market, down 70 paise over its last close.

The local unit had settled at 74.26 against the US dollar on Wednesday.

"The local unit has a crucial support around 74.50 levels and any break past that will further weaken the rupee. The larger trend continues to be weak for the domestic currency, given the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak," said Sugandha Sachdeva VP-Metals, Energy & Currency Research, Religare Broking.

Foreign investors remained net sellers in Indian capital markets as they pulled out more than Rs 5,085.35 crore on Wednesday, market data showed.

Domestic bourses opened on a negative note on Thursday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 1,944.02 points down at 26,925.49 and Nifty fell 498.25 points to 8,468.80.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.73 percent to $25.31 per barrel.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.22 percent to 101.37.

The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.37 percent in the morning trade.

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