Rupee rises 23 paise to 76.09 against U.S. dollar

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against the basket of six currencies, fell 0.37%to 96.15

The rupee recovered 23 paise to close at 76.09 (provisional) against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, reacting to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s announcement on ending bond-buying stimulus by March.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 76.31 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 76.06 during the day’s trade.

On Wednesday, the rupee plunged by 44 paise to close at a 20-month low of 76.32 against the American currency.

"Rupee traded positive on US Fed statement of tapering, but economic data relevance did not support the dollar index. Helping rupee to take support near 76.25. Going ahead rupee can be seen range of 75.75-76.25," Jateen Trivedi, Senior Research Analyst at LKP Securities said.

The U.S. Federal Reserve signalled multiple interest rate increases next year.

Forex traders said the appreciation bias in the rupee might be curtailed, amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus, firm crude oil prices and persistent foreign fund outflows.

Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against the basket of six currencies, fell 0.37%to 96.15.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.12% to $74.71 per barrel.

Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday, as they offloaded shares worth ₹3,407.04 crore, according to stock exchange data.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 113.11 points or 0.20% higher at 57,901.14, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 27.00 points or 0.16% to 17,248.40.

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