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Rupee rises 7 paise to close at 79.74 against US dollar

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 79.70 against the greenback. It witnessed an intraday high of 79.58 and a low of 79.77 during the session.

September 20, 2022 / 04:11 PM IST
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The rupee consolidated in a narrow range and settled 7 paise higher at 79.74 (provisional) against the US dollar on Tuesday, as investors await the US Fed's policy statement for further cues.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 79.70 against the greenback. It witnessed an intraday high of 79.58 and a low of 79.77 during the session.

It finally ended at 79.74, up 7 paise from its previous close of 79.81. The dollar index, which measures the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.12 per cent to 109.87.

Brent Crude futures, the global oil benchmark, advanced 0.14 per cent to USD 92.13 per barrel. "Rupee continued to consolidate in a narrow range despite gains in domestic equities. Volatility remained low ahead of the important FOMC policy statement that will be released tomorrow," said Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

Somaiya further said the expectation is that the US central bank could raise rates by another 75 basis points. The Fed governor could maintain a hawkish stance and that could keep the dollar supported. "We expect the USD-INR (Spot) to trade sideways and quote in the range of 79.40 and 80.05," Somaiya said.

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On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 578.51 points or 0.98 per cent higher at 59,719.74, while the broader NSE Nifty gained 194.00 points or 1.1 per cent to 17,816.25. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) turned net buyers in the capital markets, as they purchased shares worth Rs 312.31 crore on Monday, according to exchange data.
PTI
first published: Sep 20, 2022 04:11 pm
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