Updated on: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 04:25 PM IST

Rupee recovers 9 paise to close at 74.38, snaps 2-day losing run; all eyes on Fed policy decision tonight

Money/ Representational Image | File photo

Money/ Representational Image | File photo


The rupee recovered by 9 paise to close at 74.38 (provisional) against the US currency on Wednesday, snapping it two-day losing run ahead of the US Fed policy decision.

Forex traders said the rupee is trading in a narrow range ahead of the monthly expiry and the US Fed's policy decision.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local unit opened at 74.44 against the dollar and witnessed an intra-day high of 74.31 and a low of 74.49 during the session. The local unit finally ended at 74.38, higher by 9 paise over its last close.

"The USD-INR spot touched a low of 74.31 on the back of lumpy corporate and IPO-related dollar inflows, the lowest levels since early July. However, alleged intervention from the central bank pulled the pair near 74.38 by the close of day. Wednesday's US FOMC meeting will be a key driver of volatility. A hawkish or dovish turn will determine the next volatility in USD-INR. A broad range of 74.00 to 74.60 is expected over the near term," said Anindya Banerjee, DVP, Currency Derivatives & Interest Rate Derivatives at Kotak Securities, told Free Press Journal.

On Tuesday, the rupee had settled at 74.47 against the US dollar.

"Indian rupee appreciated after two days of minor weakness amid month-end adjustments," said Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.

So far this week, the rupee has been consolidating in the range of 74.30 to 74.50, looking for a fresh trigger to get a clear direction.

"Investors focus will remain on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meet. We don’t see any meaningful moves on dollar crosses today as the outcome will come mid-night and investors will stick to their wait-and-see approach. The bias is for a bid dollar given the risk of some modest hawkish bias from the FOMC," Parmar said.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.07 per cent to 92.49.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 135.05 points or 0.26 per cent lower at 52,443.71, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 37.05 points or 0.24 per cent to 15,709.40.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude advanced 0.77 per cent to USD 75.05 per barrel in futures trade.

Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Tuesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,459.08 crore, as per exchange data.

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Published on: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 04:24 PM IST