Rupee gains for the 4th day vs dollar, up 17 paise on Fed stance

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 18:32 IST

Extending its string of gains to the fourth straight session, the Indian rupee on Thursday appreciated by 17 paise to end at 62.52 against US dollar after the Federal Reserve's dovish stance on rates eased outflow concerns.

Persistent selling of dollars by banks and exporters due to weakness of dollar in the overseas market also helped the domestic currency end the day higher, forex brokers said.

The dollar was weak after US central bank's indication that rates would rise much more slowly over the next two years than Fed had forecast in December, they added.

The Indian rupee rupee resumed higher at 62.38 per dollar as against the last closing level of 62.69 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. It firmed up further to 62.35 per dollar on initial heavy selling of dollars from banks and exporters.

While it lost some fizz on fag-end dollar demand as it dropped to 62.67, it quickly gained lost ground and ended at 62.52, showing a net gain of 17 paise or 0.27%.

Rupee has now gained by 45 paise, or 0.71%, in four days.

Participants in emerging markets like India have been jittery over an early US rate hike as such a move would lead to sudden capital outflows, analysts said.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, Veracity Group, CEO said: "The trading range for the spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 62.20 to 63.00."

The dollar index, a gauge of six major global rivals, was up by 0.20% on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Indian benchmark Sensex fell by 152.45 points, or 0.53%, to close at 28,469.67.

The forward premia recovered on fresh paying pressure from corporates.

The benchmark six-month premium payable in August moved up to 216-218 paise from on Wednesday's closing level of 216-217.5 paise and forward contracts maturing in February 2016 also ended higher at 438-440 paise from 434-435.5 paise.

The Reserve Bank of India fixed the reference rate for dollar at 62.4208 for Euro at 67.2896.

The rupee fell against the pound to 93.14 as against 91.95 on Wednesday and ended lower against the euro to 66.87 per euro as against 66.55 per euro on Wednesday.

The domestic currency dropped further against the yen to 51.81 per 100 Japanese yen from 51.75 previously.

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