Mumbai: The rupee depreciated 12 paise to 79.06 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday as the hawkish stance of the US Federal Reserve increased the possibility of another rate hike this month.
However, the steps announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday limited the depreciation bias in the rupee, according to forex traders.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 79.05 against the American dollar, then lost ground to quote at 79.06, registering a fall of 12 paise from the last close.
In initial trade, the rupee witnessed a high of 78.90 against the American currency.
On Wednesday, the rupee closed at 78.94 against the US dollar.
RBI took several steps to increase forex inflows to limit rupee's fall, Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities, said.
"It will be difficult to find out about the quantum of flows which come into the markets but the measures could provide some stability to the rupee," Iyer noted.
However, Iyer said the US Federal Reserve's minutes of the meeting held last month indicated a hawkish stance as a rate hike of 75 basis points is likely in July.