Rupee rises 25 paise to 74 against dollar in early trade amid positive opening in domestic equities

At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 74.16, then gained further ground and touched a high of 74.00 against the US dollar, registering a rise of 25 paise over its previous close.

Press Trust of India March 17, 2020 11:21:27 IST
Rupee rises 25 paise to 74 against dollar in early trade amid positive opening in domestic equities

Mumbai: The Indian rupee appreciated by 25 paise to 74 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday tracking positive opening in domestic equities and the Reserve Bank of India's liquidity enhancing measures.

Forex traders said investor sentiments recovered after the Reserve Bank on Monday hinted at a rate cut at the next Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meet on 3 April and announced more liquidity enhancing measures.

The RBI announced another round of $2 billion dollar-rupee swap on 23 March and up to Rs 1 lakh crore of long-term repo operations as and when required.

Rupee rises 25 paise to 74 against dollar in early trade amid positive opening in domestic equities

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At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 74.16, then gained further ground and touched a high of 74.00 against the US dollar, registering a rise of 25 paise over its previous close.

On Monday, rupee had settled at 74.25 against the greenback.

Meanwhile, investor sentiment remained fragile amid concerns over the impact of coronavirus outbreak on the global economy, forex traders said.

The number of deaths around the world linked to the new coronavirus has topped 7,000.

Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 407.89 points higher at 31,797.96 and Nifty up by 118.45 points at 9,315.85.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, as they sold equity shares worth Rs 3,809.93 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.90 per cent to $30.62 per barrel.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against the basket of six currencies was trading 0.03 percent lower at 98.04.

The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.23 percent in morning trade.

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