ALSO READRupee climbs to fresh 30-month high of 63.48 on sliding dollar Rupee wipes out three-day gains, tumbles 25 paise to 65.14 against dollar Forex reserves surge $3.53 bn to $404.92 bn; hit record high Rupee bounces back to fresh 30-month high of 63.41 against dollar Rupee continues to rise, ends at near 3-year high of 63.37 against dollar
The dollar fell against the euro and the British pound after a lower inflation data and the US President Donald Trump sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a development which was termed as 'Rexit'. The dollar index too fell by 0.1 per cent.
It moved in a range of 65.06 to 64.83 in day trade amid losses in the stock markets. It finally settled up by 6 paise or 0.09 per cent at 64.83 per dollar, the highest closing level since February 27.
"Rupee was trading mostly flat against the US Dollar with RBI's decision to ban banks from issuing LoUs, not prompting any major moves," Anand James, Chief Market Strategist at Geojit Financial Services said.
"US Dollar looks to be stabilizing after widening fiscal numbers, but response to retail sales data will hold the key for directional moves in US dollar, and help rupee shift away from the 65 mark," he added.
Inflation based on wholesale prices eased to a seven-month low of 2.48 per cent in February on cheaper food articles, including vegetables, official data showed.
Meanwhile, foreign investors withdrew around Rs 258 crore from stocks today, according to the provisional exchange data.
The BSE Sensex settled 21.04 points or 0.06 per cent lower at 33,835.74. During the day, the barometer swung almost 295 points.
In the cross currency trade, the rupee closed lower at 90.59/61 per pound against last close of 90.13/15. It also fell against the euro to finish at 80.23/25 from 80.04/06 earlier. The Indian unit fell against the Japanese yen to 60.91/93 per 100 yen.
In the forward market, the benchmark six-month forward premium payable in August moved to 121-123 paise against 122.50 -124.50 paise earlier. The fag-forward February 2019 contract were down at 239-241 paise against 241-243 paise previously.