Breaking a five-session downfall, the rupee finished a tad higher against the American currency at 66.83 on mild selling of the dollar.
Weak dollar sentiment largely supported the rupee movement despite impending historic Fed rate hike even as domestic equities slumped to a fresh three-month low.
The domestic unit opened flat with a positive bias at 66.83 per dollar compared to Tuesday’s closing level of 66.84 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange and strengthened further to 66.72 on bouts of dollar selling by exporters.
However, it lost early gaining momentum and retreated sharply to 66.92 in mid-afternoon trade following heavy dollar demand before staging a healthy recovery to end at 66.83 compared to 66.84 yesterday, showing a gain of just 1 paisa, or 0.01%.
On global forex front, the dollar slipped against other major currencies on modest rebound in oil prices, although expectations for a US rate hike this month continued to support the greenback.
Meanwhile, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the mid-point rate for the yuan at its lowest level in more than four years.
The dollar index, which tracks the world’s reserve currency against a basket of its peers, is down 0.30% at 98.12.
The stock market flagship index Sensex plunged over 274.28 points to close at 25,036.05 - its weakest closing since September 7