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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Rupee posts first weekly drop, falls by 8 paise on rising dollar demand

PTI  Mumbai, May 30, 2014
First Published: 09:53 IST(30/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:42 IST(30/5/2014)

The rupee on Friday extended losses and fell by 8 paise to end at 59.11 against the dollar dragged down by month-end importer demand of the US currency.

It lost 59 paise in the past five trading sessions, logging its first weekly drop in five. In May, the rupee shed 120 paise against the dollar.

The rupee on Friday commenced a little down at 59.05 a dollar from last close of 59.03 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. It later moved in a range of 58.9250 and 59.14 before concluding at 59.11, a fall of eight paise or 0.14%. On Thursday, it was down by 10 paise or 0.17%.

The rupee has fallen in five sessions out of last 6.

FIIs had pulled out Rs. 522.90 crore on Thursday.

As per provisional data from bourses, FIIs bought stocks worth Rs. 2,977 crore on Friday. This could have helped cap rupee's losses to some extent, say forex dealers.

As forex markets were closing for the day, government data showed India's fiscal deficit during the 2013/14 fiscal year narrowed to 4.5% of GDP.

Later, March quarter GDP growth came in at 4.6% year-on-year.

"Month end demand from importers put some pressure on rupee and continuous depreciation was seen throughout the day. Most of the Asian currencies were weaker against dollar," said Kiran Kumar Kavikondala, director and CEO, WealthRays Securities.

The Sensex on Friday eased by 16.81 points in choppy trade.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, Veracity Group CEO said: "The trading range for the Spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 58.50 to 59.50."

Meanwhile, premium for forward dollar edged up further on persistent payments from banks and corporates.

The benchmark six-month premium payable in October closed a tad higher from 205-207 paise from 204.5-206.5 paise previously and far-forward contracts maturing in April, 2015 also improved to 443.5-445.5 paise from 441.5-443.5 paise.

The Reserve Bank of India fixed the reference rate for dollar at 59.0335 and for the euro at 80.3350.

The rupee fell back against the pound to 98.91 from last close of 98.66 while declined further to 80.44 per euro from 80.36. It also finished slightly weak at 58.13 per 100 Japanese yen from 58.11.


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