Rising for the second straight session, the rupee strengthened by another 14 paise to close at 67.07 Thursday against the US currency on sustained selling of dollars by banks and exporters.
The rupee resumed marginally lower at 67.24 per dollar against Wednesday’s closing level of 67.21 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market and dropped further to 67.27 on initial dollar demand from banks and importers.
It recovered afterwards to 66.98 on fag-end selling of dollars by banks and exporters before finishing at 67.07, showing a gain of 14 paise or 0.21%.
It has gained by 28 paise or 0.42% in two days. The domestic currency hovered in a range of 66.98 and 67.27 per dollar during the day.
The dollar index was up 0.16% against a basket of six currencies in the late afternoon trade. In overseas market, the euro was under pressure as investors stayed cautious ahead of European Central Bank meeting at which policymakers were expected to take further easing steps, while the kiwi skidded after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprised with an interest rate cut.
Financial markets have already priced in a cut to the ECB’s deposit rate by at least 0.1 percentage point, to minus 0.4%, but the key question is whether the central bank will roll out further stimulus measures.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,063.11 crore, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.
In forward market, premium for dollar fell sharply on fresh receivings from exporters.
The benchmark six-month premium for August fell to 227.5-229.5 paise from 236.5-238.5 paise on Wednesday and far forward February 2017 contract also dropped to 434-436 paise from 443.5-445.5 paise.