Rupee up 25 paise Vs dollar to end at 54.56

Rupee up 25 paise Vs dollar to end at 54.56 Mumbai: The rupee Monday gained a hefty 25 paise to close at 54.56 against the dollar on sustained selling of the US currency by exporters amid weak global cues.

However, consolidation in local equities and continued capital outflows capped the domestic currency's gains to some extent, forex dealers said.

The rupee commenced a tad higher at 54.80 from its previous closing of 54.81 on Friday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.

It moved in a range of 54.54-54.84 before closing at 54.56, a rise of 25 paise, or 0.46 percent.

Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India) said: "Rupee continued to trade strong for the second day against the dollar taking cues from the euro, which traded strong against the dollar."

The dollar index was quoting down by 0.05 percent against a basket of six major currencies.

The yen weakened beyond 99 against the dollar for the first time since May 2009 on hopes that Bank of Japan's recent measures to fight deflation will further weaken the currency.

"The Bank of Japan's plan for aggressive monetary easing was taken negatively by the investors, as a result yen traded weak and made new lows against major currencies," Brahmbhatt added.

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex today closed down by a mere 12.45 points to 18,437.78, while foreign institutional investors sold local equities worth USD 37.24 million (Rs 203.18 crore), as per provisional BSE data.

"The rupee was seen appreciating today, taking cues from the strength in the euro and weakness in the dollar index. Locally, banks and exporters were seen selling at higher levels," said Abhishek Goenka, Founder and CEO, India Forex Advisors.

"Going ahead in this week, we have a number of data in the form of inflation, IIP and trade figures, which will decide the further course of rupee," he added.

Meanwhile, the premium for the forward dollar fell back slightly on fresh receivings by exporters.

The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in September ended down at 190-192 paise from last Friday's close of 192-194 paise.

Far-forward contracts maturing in March also declined to 364-1/2-366-1/2 paise from 366-368 paise.

The RBI fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 54.7215 and for euro at 71.0502.

The rupee eased further against the pound sterling to 83.53 from last weekend's close of 83.43 and also remained weak against the euro to 71.04 from 70.84.
It, however, zoomed further against the Japanese yen to 55.32 per 100 yen from 57.00.

PTI