Rupee surges 45p vs dollar to 60.89 on Axis Bank stake sale inflows

Last Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 19:30

Mumbai: The rupee on Friday surged 45 paise, its biggest daily gain in two weeks, to end at 60.89 versus the US dollar on massive capital inflows linked to the government stake sale in Axis Bank.

After suffering its worst loss in two months yesterday, the rupee's recovery on Friday was also aided by fresh dollar selling by exporters and some banks on the back of a weak American currency overseas, said forex traders.

The dollar index was down 0.07 percent against a basket of six major global rivals.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic currency resumed higher at 61.15 a dollar from last close of 61.34, but declined to a low of 61.25.

Later, it rebounded to settle at the day's high of 60.89, showing a rise of 45 paise -- its biggest gain since March 6, 2014 when it was shot up by 64 paise or 0.73 percent. Yesterday, it had dipped 39 paise or 0.64 percent.

For the week, the rupee rose 30 paise against dollar.

As per provisional exchange data, FIIs pumped in over Rs 4,200 crore on Friday in the capital market segment alone.

"Heavy capital inflows linked to government stake sale in the bank helped the rupee register robust gains. Inflows are also happening in the debt market," said Ashtosh Raina, Head of Foreign-Exchange Trading at HDFC Bank.

The government on Friday sold 9 percent stake held through SUUTI in Axis Bank through a block deal.

Besides, the CPSE Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) has so far garnered cumulative bids of over Rs 4,000 crore boosted by strong demand from overseas investors, sources said.

The Indian benchmark S&P BSE Sensex on Friday closed slightly better by 13.66 points, or 0.06 percent.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services, (India) said: "Rupee also strengthened on Friday taking cues from the local equity markets which traded positively with the help of FIIs. The trading range for the Spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 60.50 to 62.00."


First Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 19:30

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