The rupee today logged this year’s biggest single day gain of 57 paise to close at a nearly three-week high of 67.85 against the American currency on fresh selling of dollars by banks and exporters in view of sharp recovery in the domestic equity market.
Weakness of dollar in the overseas market also boosted the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said.
The rupee resumed higher at 68.27 from yesterday’s closing level of 68.42 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) here today and shot up further to close at 67.85 on sustained selling of dollars, disclosing a gain of 57 paise or 0.83 per cent.
It has gained by 87 paise or 1.27 per cent in three days.
It hovered in a range of 67.85 and 68.36 per dollar during the day.
Meanwhile, the dollar index was up by 0.18 per cent against a basket of six currencies in late afternoon trade.
The yen was stronger against rival currencies in Asia trade today, hitting a fresh three-year high against the euro, as investors sought safety following downbeat economic reports from the eurozone and the US.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex recovered sharply by 777.35 points or 3.38 per cent to finish at 23,779.35.
Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity Financial Services said, “As expected the rupee opened on a stronger note and continued to trade with positive bias. Post budget, we witnessed the rupee trading with positive bias and with a smart gain.
“Taking cues from domestic equity market the rupee started trading post 68 levels. In domestic equity market, we saw Nifty gaining 235 points. To end the day, the rupee closed with a gain of 57 paise at 67.85 level.”
Trading range for spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 67.50 to 68.20 levels.
In forward market, premium for dollar declined further on sustained receivings from exporters.
The benchmark six-month premium for August moved down to 222-224 paise from 226-228 paise yesterday and far forward February contract also fell to 425-427 paise from 432-434 paise.
The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 68.1580 and for the euro at 74.2172.
In cross-currency trades, the rupee eased against the pound sterling to finish at 94.89 from 94.86 yesterday while firmed up further against the euro to 73.67 from 74.50 yesterday.
The domestic unit also moved up further against yen to finish at 59.95 per 100 yen from 60.61.