Rupee slips 15 paise to 74.55 against US dollar in early trade
On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 15.74 points or 0.03 percent lower at 58,325.25, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 30.10 points or 0.17 percent to 17,384.95
Mumbai: The Indian rupee depreciated by 15 paise to 74.55 against the US dollar in opening trade on Thursday, as a muted trend in domestic equities and a firm American currency weighed on investor sentiment.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened on a weak note at 74.55, registering a decline of 15 paise from the last close. On Wednesday, the rupee had closed at 74.40 against the US dollar.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.14 percent to 96.74. Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures advanced 0.09 percent to USD 82.32 per barrel.
Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 5,122.65 crore, as per exchange data.
On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 15.74 points or 0.03 percent lower at 58,325.25, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 30.10 points or 0.17 percent to 17,384.95.
The Indian rupee started on a weaker note this early Thursday morning trade tracking the strength of the dollar, Reliance Securities said in a research note. The dollar rose in the previous session lifted by hawkish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes and upbeat data in the US.
"Asian currencies and equities were trading mostly weaker this early Thursday morning and will weigh on sentiments," the note added.
The rupee has been under pressure over the last few trading sessions, as the detection of a new coronavirus variant re-ignited growth concerns and hurt risk appetite
The rupee has been under pressure over the last few trading sessions, as investor concern has resurfaced about how much damage the new Omicron coronavirus variant may unleash on the economy
The dollar index rose by 0.19 percent to 96.27 and the global oil benchmark Brent crude futures advanced 4.06 percent to USD 75.67 per barrel