The rupee gave up early losses, but was still trading down by 13 paise at 65.80 against the US currency in late-morning deals, following a sustained bout of dollar demand from banks and importers, amid weak domestic equities.
The rupee opened sharply lower at 65.88 as against last Friday’s level of 65.67 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market.
It moved in a range of 65.88 and 65.77 during the morning deals, before quoting at 65.80 at 10.30am.
The dollar index is currently trading down by 0.15% at 95.09 as against a basket of six currencies.
“The overnight equity sell-off will keep sentiment slightly weak. Dollar demand would come in from importers on dips to 65.55-65.60 a dollar.
Any uptick towards 66 a dollar will see some exporter selling to hedge their receivables, a dealer said.
“Expect a range of 65.60-66 a dollar for the day,” he added.
Oil prices rebounded in Asia trade, but analysts said they remain weighed down by an oversupply and fresh worries about the world economy, after the Federal Reserve decided last week against raising interest rates.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex was trading lower by 95.04 points at 26,123.87 at 10.57am.