Rupee up 16 p at 1-wk high of 54.56 on capital inflow hopes
Continued dollar selling by exporters and some banks as also weak dollar overseas ahead of European Central Bank's monthly policy meet late today boosted the rupee, foreign exchange dealers said.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced lower at 54.87 a dollar from previous close of 54.72 and immediately touched a low of 54.91 on early hesistency in local stocks.
However, rupee later turned positive on late rally in local stock markets on the back of firm European opening and dollar selling by exporters and some banks to a high of 54.50 before settling at 54.56, a rise of 16 paise or 0.29 per cent.
Yesterday, it had risen by 20 paise or 0.36 per cent.
"The rupee was seen appreciating today against the US dollar. The gains were supported by the slight recovery in the Euro. The positive closing in the Indian stock markets also lent support to the rupee. Hopes of dollar inflows in the disinvestment of RCF scheduled tomorrow too supported the rupee," said Abhishek Goenka, Founder and CEO, India Forex Advisors.
The government's 12.15 per cent stake sale in Nalco is likely next week and 10.82 per cent disinvestment in SAIL may take place on March 20. The public offer to sell 12.5 per cent stake
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