Mumbai: The Indian rupee declined 31 paise to close at 70.87 against the US dollar on Monday amid rising demand for the greenback vis-a-vis other currencies overseas, even as crude oil prices eased.
Forex traders said globally risk appetite has plunged as US-China trade concerns continue to linger. Besides, selling in domestic equities and unabated foreign fund outflows also weighed on the local unit.
However, it finally closed at 70.87 per US dollar, down 31 paise over its previous close.
"During early trades, rupee surged to 8-week high of 70.36, however, the gains got capped by RBI intervention," Emkay Global Financial Services Currency Research Head Rahul Gupta said.
Gupta further said that "there is a possibility that US may curb investments in China. Thus, as we near 10 October, any developments on US-China trade front will keep rupee under pressure."
According to reports, US-China trade talks are set to resume from 10 October.
Forex traders said the domestic unit is expected to trade in a narrow range this week ahead of the Reserve Bank's policy review meet.
The central bank is scheduled to announce its next bi-monthly monetary policy on 4 October.
Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, dropped 1.47 percent to $61.00 per barrel.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.17 percent to 99.27.
Foreign investors pulled out a net Rs 213.60 crore from Indian equities on Friday, according to exchange data.
In the domestic equity markets, the BSE Sensex tumbled 155.24 points or 0.40 percent to finish at 38,667.33, while the broader NSE Nifty dropped 37.95 points or 0.33 percent to 11,474.45.
The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.70 percent.
The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 70.8381 and for rupee/euro at 77.3203. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 87.3259 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen at 65.71.
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Updated Date: Sep 30, 2019 18:29:27 IST