Rupee settles 10 paise lower at 75.56 on concerns over fiscal deficit due to Rs 20-lakh cr stimulus package
The rupee slipped 10 paise to close at 75.56 (provisional) against the US dollar on Thursday, tracking weak domestic equities
Mumbai: The rupee slipped 10 paise to close at 75.56 (provisional) against the US dollar on Thursday, tracking weak domestic equities.
Forex traders said market participants were concerned about the fiscal deficit concerns over the Rs 20-lakh-crore economic stimulus package as there is still no clarity on how the package would be financed.
Moreover, investors are concerned over foreign fund outflows and the impact of coronavirus cases on the economy.
The local unit opened weak at 75.57, and finally settled at 75.56 against the US dollar, down 10 paise over its previous close.
It had settled at 75.46 against the US dollar on Wednesday.
Domestic bourses were trading on a negative note with the benchmark Sensex falling 898.94 points to 31,109.67 and the broader Nifty down 228.15 points at 9,155.40.
Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market, as they sold equity shares worth Rs 283.43 crore on Wednesday, according to provisional exchange data.
In India, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,549 and the number of cases climbed to 78,003, according to the Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, the number of cases around the world linked to the disease has crossed over 43.60 lakh and the death toll has topped 2.97 lakh.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 78.26 against the American dollar, then inched higher to quote at 78.23, registering a rise of 9 paise from the previous close
Mumbai leads the active tally with 6,409 cases, followed by 5,335 in Pune district and 4,037 in Thane district
The rupee breached Rs 79 per dollar for the first time ever on Wednesday and has also hit a series of lifetime lows this month