Indian rupee hits over 5-week low against the US dollar as foreign banks sell American currency

Written by Reuters | Updated: Jan 18 2014, 01:08am hrs
Indian rupee trading at 61.33/34 against US dollar after touching 61.3175, its weakest since Dec. 11 and below its close of 61.5350/5450 on Thursday.

Traders say good foreign bank selling of the greenback likely on behalf of clients looking to invest in the debt market is hurting the pair.

Domestic shares trading down 0.6 percent and helping limit any further sharp fall in the pair.

The U.S. dollar faded a little on Friday after a mixed bag of U.S. economic data, while the Australian dollar was vulnerable after disappointing jobs figures the previous day knocked it below an important support level to a 3-1/2-year low.