The rupee depreciated by six paise to 62.47 against the dollar on Friday amid weak local equities and sustained demand for the US currency to post its fourth weekly decline.
The rupee, which ended at an almost six-week low, failed to get direction from the dollar index, which was
up 0.02% against a basket of major global rivals ahead of US jobs data. However, sustained capital inflows limited the rupee's fall, a forex dealer said.
The local currency opened lower at 62.65 a dollar from the previous close of 62.41 and dropped to 62.75 as domestic stocks fell for the fourth day amid heavy dollar demand from importers.
The rupee recovered to 62.46 on late dollar sales by exporters and continued foreign fund inflows in equities. It closed at 62.47, a drop of six paise or 0.10%. In the past three days, it had plunged 85 paise or 1.38%.
Economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said on Thursday weakness in the rupee was because oil marketing companies (OMCs) had shifted part of their dollar purchases to the open market from an RBI forex swap window.
He said the rupee would stabilise in one or two days on strong inflows of foreign currency deposits from non-residents and export realisations.
"Negative stock markets and dollar demand from OMCs which have started returning to the market kept the rupee under pressure. On the global front, strong GDP growth posted by the US helped the US dollar index to move to its six-week high, which led to weakness in Asian currencies," said Abhishek Goenka, CEO of India Forex Advisors.
The 30-share benchmark Sensex on Friday dipped 156.62 points. Overseas investors picked up shares worth Rs. 479.24 crore on Thursday, according to provisional stock exchange data.
"Rupee has depreciated for the fourth week in a row and is expected to depreciate further in coming days due to the country's external deficit and the impact of a possible tapering in the US Federal Reserve stimulus programme," said Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO of Alpari Financial Services (India).
Forward dollar premiums ended firm on fresh paying pressure from banks and corporates.
The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in April moved up to 248-250 paise from Thursday's close of 246-248 paise and far-forward contracts maturing in October rose to 473-475 paise from 470-1/2-472-1/2 paise.
The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 62.7315 and for the euro at 84.0625.
The rupee fell to 100.45 against the pound from 100.37 previously and to 63.63 per 100 Japanese yen from 63.25.
It gained to 83.86 per euro from 84.35.
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