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Rupee trades in narrow range against U.S. dollar in early trade

On May 10, the Rupee closed at 83.51 against the American currency.

On May 10, the Rupee closed at 83.51 against the American currency.
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The Rupee was trading in a narrow range against the U.S. dollar in early trade on May 13, tracking a weak trend in domestic equities and strong American currency.

Forex traders said with foreign investors buying U.S. dollars and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selling the greenback, the USD/INR pair is expected to remain range-bound with a bit of a weakness bias.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit moved in a narrow range. It opened at 83.51 against the American currency and touched 83.52 in initial trade, registering a fall of 1 paisa from its previous close. On Friday, the Rupee closed at 83.51 against the American currency.

“Despite short-term pressures on the Rupee, major global factors such as the Israel-Iran conflict and oil prices are normalising. Consequently, considering internal factors such as the Lok Sabha elections passing, the Rupee is poised to align with its robust fundamentals,” CR Forex Advisors MD-Amit Pabari said.

“The downside risk for the Rupee is limited at 83.60. It is anticipated to appreciate to levels between 83 and 83.20 in the near term, with medium-term appreciation ranging from 82.80 to 82.50,” Mr. Pabari added.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was at 105.32, higher by 0.02%. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.31% to $82.53 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market, the 30-share BSE Sensex was trading 414.63 points, or 0.57% lower at 72,249.84 points. The broader NSE Nifty was down 105.60 points or 0.48% to 21,949.60 points.

“Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital markets on May 10 as they offloaded shares worth ₹2,117.50 crore, according to exchange data. Meanwhile, after three consecutive weeks of drop, India’s forex reserves increased by $3.668 billion to $641.59 billion in the week ended May 3,” the RBI said on Friday.

The overall kitty dropped ₹2.412 billion to ₹637.922 billion for the previous week ended April 26.

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