Rupee ends almost flat against US dollar ahead of Fed policy outcome

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 18:23 IST

The Indian rupee on Wednesday ended almost flat against the dollar at 62.69 ahead of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy statement that could shed light on the timing of interest rate hikes.

The rupee resumed slightly higher at 62.68 per dollar as against the last closing level of 62.70 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. It hovered in a limited range of 62.6175 and 62.78 before concluding at 62.69, showing a marginal gain of one paise or 0.02%.

While the Fed is not expected to lift interest rates tonight, forex traders are keeping a keen eye on what it has to say about its near-term plans.

There are expectations that the word 'patient' will disappear from the forward guidance part of the Fed's statement, while Fed will say that they're not in a hurry to raise rates, said a forex dealer.

The dollar index, a gauge of six major global rivals, was down by 0.18% on Wednesday.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, Veracity Group, CEO said, "Rupee traded slightly strong for the day...exporters & banks were seen selling dollars".

Also, the local equities traded low and ended on a weak note for the day which dented the rupee movement, he added.

The trading range for the spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 62.30 to 63.20, Brahmbhatt said.

In New York market, the dollar traded flat against most rivals yesterday, and inched lower against the euro for the second session, ahead of the expected release of the Federal Open Market Committee's monetary policy statement.

Meanwhile, the Indian stock benchmark Sensex failed to maintian initial gains and ended lower by 114.26 points or 0.40% to close at 28,622.12.

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