The Indian rupee today bounced back by 49 paise to a three-week closing high of 61.93 against the US dollar, tracking a smart rise in stocks after wholesale inflation fell to an eight-month low.
Fresh dollar selling by exporters and a weak American currency in the overseas markets also aided the rupee rise.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, the rupee commenced strong at 62.25 a dollar from the previous close of 62.42. It, however, fell back to a low of 62.3650 on weakness in local stocks around noon and dollar demand from importers.
A smart rebound in share markets on late buying andrenewed dollar selling by exporters helped the rupee to rise to a high of 61.92, before settling at 61.93 -- a rise of 49 paise or 0.79 per cent. Yesterday, it had tumbled by 32 paise or 0.52 per cent.
Forward dollar premiums closed steady to weak. The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in July ended at 238.5-240.5 paise from 239-240 paise previously.
Far forward contracts maturing in January eased to 482-484 paise from 484-485 paise.
The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 62.2770 and for the euro at 85.1755.
The rupee recovered to 103.44 against the pound from last close of 103.84. It also rebounded to 84.79 per euro from 85.32. It turned positive to end at 60.82 per 100 Japanese yen from 61.24.