Rupee slips 7 paise to close at 75.11 against US dollar

AgenciesUpdated: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 05:04 PM IST
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At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 74.94 against the American dollar but later dropped to a low of 75.18 against the greenback. |

The rupee declined by 7 paise to close at 75.11 (provisional) against the US currency on Thursday as geopolitical tensions pushed investors towards safe-haven assets.

Forex traders said sustained foreign fund outflows and elevated crude oil prices too weakened the rupee.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 74.94 against the American dollar but later dropped to a low of 75.18 against the greenback.

The local unit was quoted at 75.11 at close, down 7 paise from the previous close.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.15 per cent higher at 95.84.

Anindya Banerjee, DVP, Currency Derivatives & Interest Rate Derivatives at Kotak Securities Ltd, "USD-INR spot closed flat near 75.10 levels. Inspite of the war of words between Russia and Ukraine and NATO, USD-INR remained in a non-trending phase. Bids from PSUs absorbed whatever inflows happened from corporates. Over the near term, USD-INR may remain range bound within 74.70 and 75.35 on spot, due to lack of fresh triggers.

Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities, said, "The local unit is struggling near the psychological level of 75 as safe haven dollar remained in demand amid ongoing speculation of Fed tightening in March meetings along with geopolitical worries,"

Spot USDINR expected to find support in the range of 74.90 to 75, while 75.70 remains the biggest hurdle, Parmar added.

The White House on Wednesday said that a Russian invasion of Ukraine can happen anytime now, as President Joe Biden announced plans to dispatch Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Tony Blinken to attend the Munich conference to meet world leaders and unite them against Moscow.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki anticipated that an attack could take place at any time.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex ended 104.67 points or 0.18 per cent lower at 57,892.01, while the broader NSE Nifty settled down 17.60 points or 0.1 per cent at 17,304.60.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 1.61 per cent to USD 93.28 per barrel.

Foreign institutional investors remained net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,890.96 crore, as per stock exchange data.

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