Today, the rupee strengthened 9 paise to 82.73 against the US dollar, helped by falling crude oil prices and a strong upward trend in local markets.
Forex traders claimed that ongoing withdrawals of foreign funds impacted investor sentiment and constrained the inclination toward appreciation.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic unit opened at 82.75 against the dollar, then gained ground to touch 82.73, registering a rise of 9 paise over its previous close.
On Wednesday, the rupee recovered from its all-time low level and settled at 82.82 against the dollar.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.04 per cent to 104.21.
Brent crude futures rose 0.99 percent to USD 78.61 per barrel, the global oil benchmark.
Despite the greenback's weakness elsewhere, the rupee did not strengthen on dollar persistent bids throughout the session. The local unit has been extremely range bound of late, IFA Global Research Academy said in a research note.
"We expect the rupee to trade in a 82.60-82.90 range with sideways price action," it added.
In the domestic equity market, the 30-share BSE Sensex was trading 162.86 points or 0.27 per cent higher at 60,820.31. The broader NSE Nifty rose 60.20 points or 0.33 per cent to 18,103.15.
Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital markets on Wednesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 2,620.89 crore, according to exchange data.
With inputs from Agencies.
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