The rupee settled 7 paise lower at 81.37 (provisional) against the US dollar on Thursday, weighed down by a muted trend in domestic equities and foreign fund outflows.
At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened at 81.45 against the greenback, and finally settled at 81.37, down 7 paise over its previous close. During the session, the rupee also touched an intraday high of 81.27 against the American currency.
In the previous session on Wednesday, the rupee had settled at 81.30 against the US dollar. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.21 per cent lower at 102.14. Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures declined 0.94 per cent to USD 84.18 per barrel.
”It was a muted day after Wednesday’s gain amid lacklustre domestic equities and weaker Asian currencies. However, the start-ups are getting good responses from institutional investors which are supporting the rupee,” said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities. Market participants started positioning for SBI green bond inflows and Adani’s FPO inflows.