Rupee tumbles by 33 paise Vs US dollar
The local unit resumed lower at 54.25 a dollar against last close of 54.14 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market but immediately touched a high of 54.09 on initial dollar selling by exporters and persistent capital inflows.
However, it later turned negative and logged a low of 54.57 before closing at 54.47, a fall of 33 paise, or 0.61 per cent, from its previous close.
Forex dealers said fresh dollar demand from importers also weighed on the rupee sentiment, while sustained foreign fund inflows into local stocks capped its fall to some extent.
Foreign institutional investors pumped in USD 118.9 million today, according to the provisional data available on bourses.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex today declined by 62.70 points to 19,424.10.
The rupee had hit one-month high of 54.14 against the dollar yesterday, after BSP chief Mayawati decided to lend her party's support to the government on allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in the multi-brand retail segment.
In the last three sessions, the local unit had gained 63 paise against the dollar.
"The rupee's weakness was mainly on account of a strong recovery in the dollar index after US economy posted a better than expected data.
"During the day, the rupee appreciated slightly after the Indian government won retail FDI vote in Rajya Sabha.
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