Mumbai: The rupee fell by 19 paise to close the truncated week at 62.12 against the greenback following fresh dollar demand from importers, breaking two weeks of rally.
The forex market was closed on Wednesday, February 19, in view of "Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti".
However, recovery in local equities and sustained capital inflows capped the rupee fall, a forex dealer said.
The US manufacturing activity, which hit its highest in nearly four years, supported the dollar, ultimately weighing on the rupee.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced slightly lower at 61.96 a dollar from last weekend's close of 61.93 and moved in a wide range of 61.83 and 62.45 before settling at 62.12, revealing a fall of 0.19 paise or 0.31 percent.
In last two weeks, it had risen by 75 paise or 1.20 percent.
The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex made a strong rebound and closed up by almost 334 points or 1.64 percent while FIIs infused USD 232.45 million during the week till February 20.
Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India), said, "After gaining for two consecutive weeks, the rupee closed on a weak note taking cues from strong dollar index as yesterday US dollar jumped against the Australian dollar after a weaker-than-expected reading of a Chinese manufacturing estimates were released."
The dollar demand from local oil importers further dented the rupee movement. Expect rupee to depreciate further in coming days as despite of mixed data released yesterday which has raised the concerns about the economic growth, Investors have chosen dollar over the safe havens which will force rupee to trade weak. The trading range for the USD/INR pair is expected to be within 61.50 to 63.00.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister P Chidambaram in its interim budget stated that the fiscal deficit will be contained at 4.6 percent of GDP for the year ending March 31, 2014, curtailing the current account deficit gap to USD 45 billion and net borrowing for 2014-15 would be lower than FY'14 revised estimates.
On GDP growth, he further commented that the economy is more stable than what it was two years ago following several steps taken by the government and that the growth will be higher in the second half of the fiscal.
Forward dollar premiums continued to slide following consistent export receipts.
The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in July plunged to 225.5-227.5 paise from last weekend's close of 238.5-240.5 paise.
Far-forward contracts maturing in January also tumbled to 468.5-470.5 paise from 482-484 paise.
The RBI fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 62.1618 and for the euro at 85.2685 from 62.2770 and 85.1755, respectively.
The rupee declined further against the pound sterling to 103.60 from last Friday's close of 103.44 and also fell against the euro to 85.15 from previous weekend's close of 84.79.
However, it strengthened further against the Japanese yen to 60.63 per 100 yen from preceding weekend's close of 60.82.
First Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 18:15