The rupee was trading in a narrow range against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday, amid a muted trend in domestic equities and the dollar’s strength in the overseas market.
Forex traders said sustained foreign fund outflows also dented investor sentiments.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 83.25 against the dollar and then touched an early high of 83.23, registering a gain of 4 paise over its previous close.
On Tuesday, the rupee settled at 83.27 against the US dollar.
Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.02 per cent to $81.63 per barrel.
“Brent oil prices slid to $81.62 per barrel amidst FED policy uncertainty and inconsistent demand from major importers like China and Europe,” said Anil Kumar Bhansali, Head of Treasury and Executive Director, Finrex Treasury Advisors LLP.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.03 per cent higher at 105.05.
The US 10-year bond yield was at 4.5820 per cent this morning as the market awaits FED chairman Jerome Powell’s speech, Bhansali said.
“Outward remittances have been dominating Indian rupee notwithstanding the gain in Asian currencies since Monday,” Bhansali added.
In the domestic equity market, the 30-share BSE Sensex was trading 10.83 points or 0.02 per cent lower at 64,931.57 points. The broader NSE Nifty advanced 18.20 points or 0.09 per cent to 19,424.90.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital markets on Tuesday as they sold shares worth ₹497.21 crore, according to exchange data.
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