Rupee trims initial gains, still up 8 paise against USD


Mumbai, March 14: The rupee trimmed its earlier gains, but was still quoting higher by 8 paise against the American currency on sustained bouts dollar selling from banks and exporters amid higher domestic equities.

The rupee resumed higher at Rs 66.99 on Monday as against Friday’s closing level of 67.05 at the Inter-bank Foreign exchange (forex) market.

It strengthened further at 66.8750 on good bouts of dollar selling from banks before quoting at 66.97 at 1030 hrs.

The domestic unit hovered in a range of 66.9950 to 66.8750 during the morning deals.

Sustained capital inflows supporting the rupee sentiment, a forex dealer said.

The dollar index was up 0.02 per cent at 96.17 against a basket of six currencies in early trade.

Overseas, the US dollar steadied against its major rivals in early Asian trade following last week’s large swings, as the market braced for Japanese and US central bank policy meetings that could provide investors with fresh incentive.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex was trading up by 186.83 points or 0.76 per cent at 24,904.82 at 1040 hours.

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