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Rupee likely to depreciate amid elevated crude prices, strong dollar; USDINR pair to trade with upward bias

The Indian Rupee is likely to depreciate on Friday amid rising crude prices, strong dollar and rise in risk appetite in global markets. The range for the day is 79.60 to 80.00.

Rupee likely to depreciate amid elevated crude prices, strong dollar; USDINR pair to trade with upward bias
“USDINR spot closed 7 paise higher 79.88, due to hawkish comments from Fed member. Atlanta Fed president, Raphael Bostic told WSJ that if data turns out to be strong till September meeting, then 75-bps hike is on table. These comments did rattle a few nerves, ahead of important speech from Fed chief, Powell tomorrow evening. Over the near term, we expect USDINR to trade with an upward bias within a range of 79.60 and 80.30 on spot.”

The Indian Rupee is likely to depreciate on Friday amid rising crude prices, strong dollar and cautious domestic equity markets. The range for the day is 79.60 to 80.00, according to analysts. In the previous session, rupee declined against the US dollar after moving in a narrow range due to firm crude oil prices and losses in the domestic equity markets. A weak dollar in the overseas markets ahead of a speech by the US Federal Reserve chief on Friday and forex inflows into equities restricted losses in the local unit At the interbank foreign exchange market, rupee opened at 79.80, and it hovered in a range of 79.80 to 79.93 before finally settling at 79.92, down 6 paise over its previous close.

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Anindya Banerjee, VP, Currency Derivatives & Interest Rate Derivatives, Kotak Securities

“USDINR spot closed 7 paise higher 79.88, due to hawkish comments from Fed member. Atlanta Fed president, Raphael Bostic told WSJ that if data turns out to be strong till September meeting, then 75-bps hike is on table. These comments did rattle a few nerves, ahead of important speech from Fed chief, Powell tomorrow evening. Over the near term, we expect USDINR to trade with an upward bias within a range of 79.60 and 80.30 on spot.”

Anil Kumar Bhansali, Head of Treasury, Finrex Treasury Advisors

“The rupee opens at 79.87 as brent crude oil is lower at around $ 100 per barrel while the dollar index is slightly higher before the crucial deliberation of Mr Powell in the Jackson Holes meeting tonight. Asian currencies are unchanged from yesterday. The range for the day is 79.60 to 80.00. US economy slowed by 0.6% in the second quarter which was better than a 0.9% slowdown expected earlier. There were no signs of recession though technically it is in a recession. Exporters may sell near 79.90 to 80.00 levels as RBI protects the crucial 80 levels though no one knows for how many days more. Importers should keep buying the dips.”

Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services

“Rupee traded in a narrow range ahead of the Fed Chairman statement at the Jackson Hole Symposium scheduled later today. Fed officials at this point are noncommittal about the size of the rate hike they will approve at their September meeting, but continued hammering the point they will drive rates up and keep them there until inflation has been tamed. Yesterday, the dollar retraced after data showed the U.S. economy contracted at a more moderate pace than initially thought in the second quarter as consumer spending blunted some of the drag from a sharp slowdown in inventory accumulation, dispelling fears that a recession was underway.”

“The underlying economic strength fits in with recent upbeat readings on the labor market, retail sales and industrial production. In today’s comments the Fed Chairman could shed more light on whether the Fed can engineer an economic slowdown without triggering a recession. We expect the USDINR(Spot) to trade sideways and quote in the range of 79.40 and 80.05.”

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Amit Pabari, MD, CR Forex Advisors

“The USDINR pair is opening near 79.88 continuing to struggle in the tight range of 79.70 -79.90 from the past few sessions. RBI should be well appreciated to cut down the volatility in the rupee despite of wild momentum in the global FX markets. The recent tameness in the rupee hints that the pair will soon witness greater volatility likely to be on the upside, as the major factors are dollar bull and rupee negative while the RBI has to let rupee sync with the other emerging markets. For now, the USDINR pair keeps consolidating between 79.50-80.06 levels where 80.06 remains the strong resistance for the pair, the breaking of which will trigger the stop losses of importers and shall lead to another 50 paise to 1 rupee move in the pair. On the flip side, 79.50 remains crucial support.”

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