The rupee plunged by 36 paise to close at 2-year low of 66.82 against dollar on Monday on persistent demand of the American currency from banks and importers due to sustained foreign capital outflows amidst sharp fall in equity markets.
The domestic currency opened lower at 66.60 as against last weekend's level of 66.46 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. It dipped further to 66.86 before concluding at 2-year low at 66.82, showing a loss of 36 paise, or 0.54%.
It had last ended at 67.07 on September 4, 2013. The rupee has dropped 63 paise, or 0.95%, in three trading days.
Forex dealers said volatile domestic equities coupled with higher dollar overseas impacted the rupee sentiment. The dollar index was down by 0.02% against a basket of six major currencies.
"The USD-INR currency pair will continue to get influenced by global forex and domestic equity moves," a dealer said, adding that exporters are expected to hedge their US dollar receivables on upticks towards 66.86.
Oil prices eased in Asian trade on Monday as dealers await the US Federal Reserve's decision on whether to raise interest rates, following a mixed August jobs report, analysts said.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex ended lower by 308.09 points, or 1.22%, to close below the 25,000-level --for the first time in 15 months -- at 24,893.81.