The rupee on Wednesday ended six paise higher at 61.63 against the dollar to extend gains for the fifth straight day on sustained selling of the US currency by banks and exporters in view of strong capital inflows.
Forex traders said strong equity markets mainly supported the rupee sentiment as the benchmark BSE Sensex rose further by 104.19 points or 0.36 per cent to an all-time closing high of 28,888.86 points.
Banks and exporters preferred to sell dollars on hopes of further foreign capital inflows into equity markets, they added.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) infused 213.47 million dollars in the equity market on Tuesday, as per the SEBI data.
The rupee was trading lower initially at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. However, it recovered fast to 61.55 per dollar before ending at 61.63 per dollar, showing a gain of six paise from its last close.
The local currency in the last last five trading days has gained by 55 paise or 0.88%. The dollar index was down by 0.27% against a basket of six major global rivals.
In New York, monetary-policy expectations were the dominant drivers of the foreign-exchange market on Tuesday, as traders sold euros, yen and Canadian dollars and bought the greenback ahead of central-bank meetings in Canada, Japan and Europe later in the week.
Pramit Brahmbhatt, Veracity Group CEO, said FIIs continued to pour money into the market and some banks were also seen selling dollars in the market which helped rupee to trade strong against the dollar.
The benchmark six-month premium payable in June eased further to 196.5-198.5 paise from 198-200 paise yesterday. Forward contracts maturing in December also finished lower at 393-395 paise from 396-398 paise.
The Reserve Bank of India fixed the reference rate for dollar at 61.6140 and for Euro at 71.3798. The rupee hardened further to 93.25 per pound from 93.44 on Tuesday and also firmed up further to 71.36 per euro from 71.44 per euro.
However, the rupee declined against the Japanese yen to 52.39 per 100 yen from 52.04 previously.