Rupee plunges to 28-month low amid global turmoil

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2016 20:58 IST
The Indian currency traded at 68.07 at 1.15pm on strong dollar demand from importers amid continuing capital outflow by foreign funds. (REUTERS)

Hit by global growth concerns, the rupee crashed below the 68-level on Wednesday after 28 months and closed 23 paise down at 67.95 on fresh demand for the American currency from importers amid a massive fall in domestic stock markets.

A forex dealer said that persistent foreign capital outflows also affected the market sentiment.

The domestic unit resumed lower at 67.77 per dollar as against Tuesday’s closing level of 67.65 at the interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.

Later, it depreciated further to cross 68-level after 28 months, at 68.17 per dollar, before ending at 67.95, showing a loss of 30 paise or 0.44%.

It had last touched 68.62 a dollar on September 4, 2013.

The domestic unit hovered in a range of 67.77 and 68.17 during the day.

The dollar index was down by 0.15% against a basket of six currencies in the late afternoon trade.

Overseas, the US dollar traded mostly higher against its main rivals in early Asian trade, but retreated against Japanese yen as crude oil prices descended to near 13-year lows, hitting risk asset markets and putting safe-haven currencies back in favour.

The benchmark BSE Sensex ended lower by 417.80 points or 1.71% after heavy sell-off in global market.

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