The rupee resumed lower at 53.44 a dollar as against the last closing of 53.22 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. It dropped further to a low of 53.58, before quoting at 53.51 per USD at 1040 hrs.
The rupee moved in the 53.42 and 53.58 per dollar range during the morning deals.
Persistent dollar demand from banks and exporters against the backdrop of its firm value overseas affected the rupee, a forex dealer said.
In New York, the euro weakened against the dollar and other currencies.
Meanwhile, the BSE 30-share index, Sensex, rose 47 points or 0.24% quoting 19,627.73 at 1050 hours.