Rupee witnesses marginal recovery, rises 18 paise to 76.02 in early trade tracking positive opening in domestic equities
The Indian rupee witnessed a marginal recovery in early trade and appreciated by 18 paise to 76.02 against the US dollar on Tuesday tracking positive opening in domestic equities
Mumbai: The Indian rupee witnessed a marginal recovery in early trade and appreciated by 18 paise to 76.02 against the US dollar on Tuesday tracking positive opening in domestic equities.
At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 76.02, registering a rise of 18 paise over its previous close.
On Monday, the rupee had settled at 76.20 against the greenback.
Traders said investor sentiments improved after the Reserve Bank as part of its effort to boost liquidity on Monday said it will conduct Rs 1 lakh crore of short-term variable repo auction.
The repo auctions will be conducted in two tranches. The first repo auction of Rs 50,000 crore was held on Monday.
The second tranche of Rs 50,000 crore of repo auction will be conducted on Tuesday.
However, traders said there are still concerns over the impact of coronavirus outbreak on the domestic as well as the global economy. The number of deaths around the world linked to the new coronavirus has reached over 16,000.
Meanwhile, nearly 500 coronavirus cases have been reported in India so far, according to Health Ministry data on Tuesday.
As cases of the viral infection surged in the country in the past few days, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.
Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 363.56 points higher at 26,344.80 and Nifty up by 101.15 points at 7,711.40.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, as they sold equity shares worth Rs 2,989.29 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 2.44 percent to $27.69 per barrel.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against the basket of six currencies was trading 0.70 percent lower at 101.76.
The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.38 percent in morning trade.
Forex traders said positive domestic equities and foreign fund inflows supported the rupee
At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 81.84 and later witnessed an intraday high of 81.74 and a low of 81.91 during the session
At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened up at 81.59 and later erased all its early gains. During the session, it witnessed a high of 81.52 and a low of 81.78