Rupee logs six-week peak of 60.29 against US dollar, up 10 paise
The Indian rupee on Monday appreciated by 10 paise to end at a nearly six-week high of 60.29 against the greenback tracking a solid rally in local shares and continued dollar selling by exporters and some banks.
Good inflows also helped the rupee even as the widely tracked dollar index was up 0.10% against six major global rivals, forex dealers said.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced strong at 60.29 a dollar from last Friday's close of 60.39.
Rupee traded in a narrow range of 60.19 and 60.31, before concluding at its opening level of 60.29 - a rise of 10 paise or 0.17%. This is the strongest level since the rupee had settled at 60.06 on July 30, 2014.
The Indian benchmark S and P BSE Sensex on Monday shot up by 293.15 points, or 1.08%, to log a new closing peak of 27,319.85.
FPIs/FIIs infused USD 54.16 million last Friday, taking the total to USD 710.33 million in the current month so far, as per Sebi data.
In forwards market on Monday, premium continued to close narrowly mixed in recent few days.
The benchmark six-month premium payable in February edged down to 242-244 paise from 242.5-244.5 paise previously while far-forward contracts maturing in August, 2015 rose further to 498-500 paise from 495.5-497.5 paise.
The Reserve Bank of India fixed the reference rate for dollar at 60.2628 and for the euro at 77.9439.
The rupee bounced back with vengeance against the pound to 97.25 from last weekend's close of 98.48 and also recovered to 78.08 per euro from 78.26.
It, however, remained firm to 57.29 per 100 Japanese yen from 57.41 previously.