The rupee was down by 12 paise at Rs 44.20 per US dollar in early trade on Thursday, on fresh dollar demand from banks and importers in view of the recovery of the dollar in overseas markets.
The rupee resumed lower at Rs 44.16/17 per dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange as against the last close of
Rs 44.08/09 per dollar and dropped further to Rs 44.20 per dollar before quoting at Rs 44.11/12 per dollar at 1030 hours.
In morning deals, the rupee moved in a range between Rs 44.09 and Rs 44.20 per dollar.
Month-end dollar demand from oil refiners, coupled with the recovery of the dollar in overseas markets, mainly affected the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said.
The US dollar skidded to all-time lows against several currencies in the New York market yesterday as US stocks reeled amid a political stalemate on raising the country's debt ceiling, but later rebounded.