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Rupee hits one-year high of 65.4: Where is it headed?

On Thursday, the rupee opened at a one-year high of 65.4 against the USD

Puneet Wadhwa  |  New Delhi 

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hit a one-year high of of 65.4 against the USD, up 29 paise over its previous close. With a rally of over 3.4% in calendar year 2017, the is the third best performing currency in Asia against the USD (sixth best among key world currencies) , behind South and the that have appreciated 5.44% and 4.95%, respectively.

The recent appreciation in the rupee, analysts say, has mostly been fuelled by the gush of liquidity into the equity by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the hope of accelerated pace of reforms post – led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) landslide victory in assembly polls in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, which was being dubbed as a semi-final to the general elections in scheduled in 2019. 


Also Read: Rally in rupee is not surprising

“The turning point for the has been the recent assembly elections. The was expected to depreciate against the USD. If you look at the fundamentals, oil prices have slipped to $50/barrel levels. That apart, the FII flows have also started to increase. Thirdly, there is some speculative element also at play. Given this, the is expected to strengthen. This is one reason that the has approached the banks to check the rupee’s appreciation. Though the recent trade data is a statistical mirage, it can add to the rupee’s strength,” says Madan Sabnavis, chief economist,

Year-till-date (March 16), foreign institutional investors have pumped in around Rs 23,007 crore in the Indian equity markets, NSDL data show. In the two days post the election outcome alone (on March 14 and 15), have invested a net around Rs 4,981 crore in the equity segment, NSDL data show.
The BJP's thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh and substantial gains made in other states will facilitate reforms as the ruling party inches closer to a majority in the Rajya Sabha, Moody's Investors Service had said in a note.

“The has been in an appreciation mode. Some part of this has been due to the flows into the Indian equity market, which have led to an appreciation in the That apart, if you look at the fundamentals of our external sector, things have improved considerably. Trade data announced Wednesday was also unusually very favourable. Despite the FCNR (B) deposit redemption and the US normalising its monetary policy at a faster pace, the has been holding firm. All this shows investors’ confidence in India’s external sector credentials,” said Dr Rupa Rege Nitsure, group chief economist at

The road ahead

Going ahead, analysts expect the to remain on a strong footing in the immediate term as compared to Asian peers, backed by flows in to the equity However, they do not rule out an intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at regular intervals to check the sharp appreciation.

“I feel in terms of real effective exchange rate (REER), the is overvalued. The appreciation at the current pace is not favourable from exports perspective. I think the RBI, through systematic intervention, will ensure that the retains some kind of an orderly depreciation bias,” Nitsure of says.

Also Read: Market may be under-estimating risks

Given that the is now the best performing Asian currency, Sabnavis of CARE Ratings, too, expects the to intervene soon and buy USD. The ideal level for the is around 66 – 66.5 to a USD. The sharp appreciation in the is purely speculative in nature and is not driven by fundamentals.

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Rupee hits one-year high of 65.4: Where is it headed?

On Thursday, the rupee opened at a one-year high of 65.4 against the USD

On Thursday, the rupee opened at a one-year high of 65.4 against the USD
hit a one-year high of of 65.4 against the USD, up 29 paise over its previous close. With a rally of over 3.4% in calendar year 2017, the is the third best performing currency in Asia against the USD (sixth best among key world currencies) , behind South and the that have appreciated 5.44% and 4.95%, respectively.

The recent appreciation in the rupee, analysts say, has mostly been fuelled by the gush of liquidity into the equity by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the hope of accelerated pace of reforms post – led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) landslide victory in assembly polls in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, which was being dubbed as a semi-final to the general elections in scheduled in 2019. 

Also Read: Rally in rupee is not surprising

“The turning point for the has been the recent assembly elections. The was expected to depreciate against the USD. If you look at the fundamentals, oil prices have slipped to $50/barrel levels. That apart, the FII flows have also started to increase. Thirdly, there is some speculative element also at play. Given this, the is expected to strengthen. This is one reason that the has approached the banks to check the rupee’s appreciation. Though the recent trade data is a statistical mirage, it can add to the rupee’s strength,” says Madan Sabnavis, chief economist,

Year-till-date (March 16), foreign institutional investors have pumped in around Rs 23,007 crore in the Indian equity markets, NSDL data show. In the two days post the election outcome alone (on March 14 and 15), have invested a net around Rs 4,981 crore in the equity segment, NSDL data show.
The BJP's thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh and substantial gains made in other states will facilitate reforms as the ruling party inches closer to a majority in the Rajya Sabha, Moody's Investors Service had said in a note.

“The has been in an appreciation mode. Some part of this has been due to the flows into the Indian equity market, which have led to an appreciation in the That apart, if you look at the fundamentals of our external sector, things have improved considerably. Trade data announced Wednesday was also unusually very favourable. Despite the FCNR (B) deposit redemption and the US normalising its monetary policy at a faster pace, the has been holding firm. All this shows investors’ confidence in India’s external sector credentials,” said Dr Rupa Rege Nitsure, group chief economist at

The road ahead

Going ahead, analysts expect the to remain on a strong footing in the immediate term as compared to Asian peers, backed by flows in to the equity However, they do not rule out an intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at regular intervals to check the sharp appreciation.

“I feel in terms of real effective exchange rate (REER), the is overvalued. The appreciation at the current pace is not favourable from exports perspective. I think the RBI, through systematic intervention, will ensure that the retains some kind of an orderly depreciation bias,” Nitsure of says.

Also Read: Market may be under-estimating risks

Given that the is now the best performing Asian currency, Sabnavis of CARE Ratings, too, expects the to intervene soon and buy USD. The ideal level for the is around 66 – 66.5 to a USD. The sharp appreciation in the is purely speculative in nature and is not driven by fundamentals.

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Rupee hits one-year high of 65.4: Where is it headed?

On Thursday, the rupee opened at a one-year high of 65.4 against the USD

hit a one-year high of of 65.4 against the USD, up 29 paise over its previous close. With a rally of over 3.4% in calendar year 2017, the is the third best performing currency in Asia against the USD (sixth best among key world currencies) , behind South and the that have appreciated 5.44% and 4.95%, respectively.

The recent appreciation in the rupee, analysts say, has mostly been fuelled by the gush of liquidity into the equity by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the hope of accelerated pace of reforms post – led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) landslide victory in assembly polls in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, which was being dubbed as a semi-final to the general elections in scheduled in 2019. 

Also Read: Rally in rupee is not surprising

“The turning point for the has been the recent assembly elections. The was expected to depreciate against the USD. If you look at the fundamentals, oil prices have slipped to $50/barrel levels. That apart, the FII flows have also started to increase. Thirdly, there is some speculative element also at play. Given this, the is expected to strengthen. This is one reason that the has approached the banks to check the rupee’s appreciation. Though the recent trade data is a statistical mirage, it can add to the rupee’s strength,” says Madan Sabnavis, chief economist,

Year-till-date (March 16), foreign institutional investors have pumped in around Rs 23,007 crore in the Indian equity markets, NSDL data show. In the two days post the election outcome alone (on March 14 and 15), have invested a net around Rs 4,981 crore in the equity segment, NSDL data show.
The BJP's thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh and substantial gains made in other states will facilitate reforms as the ruling party inches closer to a majority in the Rajya Sabha, Moody's Investors Service had said in a note.

“The has been in an appreciation mode. Some part of this has been due to the flows into the Indian equity market, which have led to an appreciation in the That apart, if you look at the fundamentals of our external sector, things have improved considerably. Trade data announced Wednesday was also unusually very favourable. Despite the FCNR (B) deposit redemption and the US normalising its monetary policy at a faster pace, the has been holding firm. All this shows investors’ confidence in India’s external sector credentials,” said Dr Rupa Rege Nitsure, group chief economist at

The road ahead

Going ahead, analysts expect the to remain on a strong footing in the immediate term as compared to Asian peers, backed by flows in to the equity However, they do not rule out an intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at regular intervals to check the sharp appreciation.

“I feel in terms of real effective exchange rate (REER), the is overvalued. The appreciation at the current pace is not favourable from exports perspective. I think the RBI, through systematic intervention, will ensure that the retains some kind of an orderly depreciation bias,” Nitsure of says.

Also Read: Market may be under-estimating risks

Given that the is now the best performing Asian currency, Sabnavis of CARE Ratings, too, expects the to intervene soon and buy USD. The ideal level for the is around 66 – 66.5 to a USD. The sharp appreciation in the is purely speculative in nature and is not driven by fundamentals.

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