Rupee spurts 25 paise to 68.33 in early trade after Federal Reserve chief bolsters expectations of a rate cut later this month

The rupee had declined by 7 paise to close at 68.58 against the US dollar Wednesday, pressured by persistent foreign fund outflows and firming crude oil prices.

Press Trust of India July 11, 2019 10:36:03 IST
Rupee spurts 25 paise to 68.33 in early trade after Federal Reserve chief bolsters expectations of a rate cut later this month
  • Rupee opened on a firm footing at 68.31, but soon pared some gains to trade at 68.33, up 25 paise over its previous close

  • Rising crude oil prices capped the gains of the domestic currency

  • The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.23% to 96.87

Mumbai: The rupee rebounded 25 paise to 68.33 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, in tandem with other emerging market currencies after Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell bolstered expectations of a rate cut later this month.

However, rising crude oil prices capped the gains.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic unit opened on a firm footing at 68.31, but soon pared some gains to trade at 68.33, up 25 paise over its previous close.

The rupee had declined by 7 paise to close at 68.58 against the US dollar Wednesday, pressured by persistent foreign fund outflows and firming crude oil prices.

Rupee spurts 25 paise to 6833 in early trade after Federal Reserve chief bolsters expectations of a rate cut later this month

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US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told a congressional committee on Wednesday that flagging global growth and trade tensions continue to weigh on the US economic outlook and the central bank is ready to "act as appropriate" to boost growth.

Investors are wagering on a rate cut by the Fed as early as this month.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) pulled out a net Rs 604.94 crore on Wednesday, provisional data with the exchanges showed.

Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 200 points in early trade Thursday tracking strong cues from global markets following Powell's remarks.

The 30-share index, however, gave up some gains to trade 106.35 points, or 0.28 percent, higher at 38,663.39 at 0930 hours. Similarly, the broader Nifty rose 33.80 points, or 0.29 percent, to 11,532.70.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.23 percent to 96.87.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.36 percent to $67.25 per barrel amid reduced US inventories and geopolitical tensions.

US oil producers have reduced output amid major storms in the Gulf of Mexico, while geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after Iranian boats reportedly tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf.

The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.51 percent in morning trade.

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