Rupee at over one-week low vs US dollar, down 28p
Forex dealers said capital inflows worth nearly USD 280 million could not stem the fall in rupee.
The local unit started the day's trade on a weak note at 53.44 against yesterday's close of 53.22 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market.
It moved in a narrow range of 53.42-53.65, before settling at 53.50, a loss of 28 paise, or 0.53 per cent.
The BSE benchmark Sensex today lost 96 points to hit this year's lowest level at 19,484.77. "The rupee weakened against the US dollar today, taking cues from sluggish domestic stocks and fall in euro yesterday.
It opened lower after the euro dropped towards 1.3370 levels yesterday after the pessimistic comments by the ECB President," said Abhishek Goenka, Founder & CEO, India Forex Advisors.
The dollar index was down by 0.25 per cent against a basket of six major currencies as the euro today stabilised against the dollar as market focus returned to signs that the euro-zone economy was calming down.
"The better-than-expected Chinese Trade balance numbers and easing of CPI numbers, sharp rebound in JPY and best German export data pushed the dollar index lower from its high point of the day to below 80 levels," Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India) said.
Foreign institutional investors pumped in a massive USD 278.65 million (Rs 1,490.82 crore) into local equities, according
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