Mumbai: Rupee depreciated 7 paise to Rs 79.33 against the USD in early trade on Monday as a muted trend in domestic equities and risk-averse sentiments weighed on the currency. However, forex traders said that sliding crude oil prices in the international market restricted the rupee’s fall.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 79.30 against the American dollar and slipped further to quote at 79.33, a decline of 7 paise over its last close.
In initial trade, the local currency witnessed a high of 79.24 and a low of 79.35 against the US dollar.
In the previous session, the rupee had closed at an all-time low of 79.26 against the dollar.
On the domestic equity front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 265.1 points or 0.49 percent lower at 54,216.74, while the broader NSE Nifty slipped 89.80 points or 0.55 percent to 16,130.80.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, gained 0.31 percent to 107.34.
Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures declined 0.63 percent to USD 106.35 per barrel.
Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Friday as they sold shares worth Rs 109.31 crore, as per exchange data.
Foreign investors continue to desert Indian equity markets and have pulled out over Rs 4,000 crore this month so far amid steady appreciation of the dollar and rising interest rates in the US.
However, the pace of selling by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) has been declining over the last few weeks.
(PSU Watch– India’s Business News centre that places the spotlight on PSUs, Bureaucracy, Defence and Public Policy is now on Google News. Click here to follow. Also, join PSU Watch Channel in your Telegram. You may also follow us on Twitter here and stay updated.)