Snapping its two-day losing streak against the American currency, the rupee recovered by 12 paise to close at 66.18 per dollar on fresh selling of greenback by banks and exporters amid recovery in the equity market.
Weakness of dollar in the overseas market also boosted the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said. The Indian unit opened higher at 66.10 per dollar as against overnight level of 66.30 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market and firmed up further to 66.04 on initial dollar selling.
However, it trimmed its early gains and dropped to 66.2350 per dollar before ending at 66.18, still showing a gain of 12 paise or 0.18%. The rupee had lost 30 paise or 0.45% in previous two days.
The dollar index was trading lower by 0.35% as against a basket of six currencies in the afternoon trade.
In overseas market, dollar edged down but stood close to a seven-month high in early Asian trading, getting a lift from Federal Reserve officials’ comments as well as the central bank’s latest meeting that hinted that an interest rate hike could be right around the corner.
Minutes from an October meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers suggested the central bank will likely raise interest rates in December. But the buck quickly trimmed its gains as investors realised that the minutes included more disagreement about the timing than investors had expected. Meanwhile, the Indian benchmark sensex rose by 359.40 points or 1.41% to close at 25,841.92.