However, it failed to maintain its initial gains and dropped to 53.06 per dollar at 1040 hrs.
It moved in a range of 52.93 per dollar and 53.07 per dollar during the morning deals.
In New York market the euro surged against the dollar on Friday following data showing the US economy created fewer jobs than expected and a rise in the unemployment rate for January.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs. 763.28 crore on last Friday, as as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
The Indian benchmark Sensex firmed up by 99 points or 0.50 pct to 19,879.62 at 1055 hrs.